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Things to do in Florida Keys

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Nature
“John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a Florida State Park located on Key Largo in Florida. It includes approximately 70 nautical square miles of adjacent Atlantic Ocean waters. It was the first underwater park in the United States. The park was added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 14, 1972”
  • 50 locals recommend
National Park
“Wild Florida! See unique birds, fish and reptiles while traveling down narrow lakes and creeks and even through incredible mangrove tunnels! Everglades National Park has it all!! ”
  • 44 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“This Florida state park enables visitors to rent equipment to go out on a boat into the open ocean and snorkel or scuba dive (if they are certified) on a living reef. To get here, you will need to rent a car as there is no cell phone reception out there to call a ride sharing company. The park is about a 2 hour drive from the airbnb and half way to Key West.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Beach
“Henry Flagler’s bold effort to build a railroad to Key West in the early 1900s turned the remote island of Bahia Honda Key into a tropical destination. Known for its iconic Florida scenery—palm-lined beaches, gin-clear waters and magnificent sunsets—visitors to the park enjoy balmy sea breezes that caress the shores year-round. Kayaks and snorkeling gear can be rented and boat trips to the reef for snorkeling excursions are available. The park is also an excellent place to observe wading birds and shorebirds, while the Sand and Sea Nature Center introduces nature lovers to the island’s plants and animals.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Park
“The Everglades is a unique treasure found in South Florida. The Everglades is the largest remaining subtropical wilderness in the United States. It consists of 1.5 million acres of saw grass marshes, mangrove forests, and hardwood hammocks dominated by wetlands. It is home to endangered, rare, and exotic wildlife.”
  • 50 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“If you love sight seeing and walking trails the everglades is the place for you, Kayaking available, beautiful scenery.”
  • 35 locals recommend
Castle
“Fans of the mystical will love the Coral Castle Museum, which houses a sculpture garden made entirely of coral rock. The park's oddities begin with its creator, Ed Leedskalnin, who constructed the whole garden from 1923 to 1951 in secrecy. Part of the museum's fun comes from puzzling how one man could have secretly moved and carved more than 1,100 tons of rock. Another excellent question for the Coral Castle Museum's visitors: why? Most recent travelers were delighted by the Coral Castle Museum's classic roadside attraction charm, though others felt it entrance was too pricey. Some praise the museum's tour guides, who weave Ed Leedskalnin's complex story into the information regarding each of the unique sculptures. Just don't expect to leave with any definitive answers. The cost of admission ranges: $18 for adults ages 13 to 64, $15 for seniors ages 65 and older, $8 for children age 7 to 12 and free for kids 6 and younger. The Coral Castle Museum opens at 9 a.m. daily and closes at 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The museum welcomes visitors from its position roughly 30 miles south of Miami, between the cities of Homestead and Leisure City. Check the Coral Castle Museum website if you want to learn more about this genuinely wacky Florida attraction.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“A must Feeding the Tarpon and having one of their famous Bloody Marys. Worth the trip down or you can stop on the way down to Key West.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Zoo
“Theater of the Sea, established in 1946, is a marine mammal park located in the Village of Islamorada, Florida, United States. It is a tourist attraction located on Windley Key in the Florida Keys. Visitors can swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, California sea lions, and sting rays and nurse sharks. Daily 9am-5pm”
  • 34 locals recommend
History Museum
“Have you seen where Hemingway used to live? Well, you have unique opportunity to experience yourself his residence first hand and feel the vibe old Key West architecture used to offer.”
  • 26 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Low-key waterfront setting for seafood, plus a tiki bar, live music & tarpon feedings. Daily 11am-10pm (happy hour 4-7pm)”
  • 27 locals recommend
Winery
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“Lovely place to spend the weekend with good music and do some wine and beer tasting some live bands, karaoke and DJ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
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“Hogfish bar and grill is a rustic fisherman’s restaurant with excellent seafood. They are a local’s favorite located right on the water in Safe Harbor Marina.”
  • 27 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Marine education facility offers all levels of swimming with the dolphins in a natural lagoon”
  • 28 locals recommend
Farm
“Great shows that include different reptiles like Pythons and Airboat rides, and plenty of Alligators! Don't forget to stop at Robert Was Here Fruit Stand for their famous smoothies.”
  • 29 locals recommend
History Museum
“Great place to learn about the history of our oceans and diving. Great fun even for the kids! ”
  • 12 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Harbor / Marina
“A must Feeding the Tarpon and having one of their famous Bloody Marys. Worth the trip down or you can stop on the way down to Key West.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Low-key waterfront setting for seafood, plus a tiki bar, live music & tarpon feedings. Daily 11am-10pm (happy hour 4-7pm)”
  • 27 locals recommend
Winery
“Lovely place to spend the weekend with good music and do some wine and beer tasting some live bands, karaoke and DJ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Bar
“Hogfish bar and grill is a rustic fisherman’s restaurant with excellent seafood. They are a local’s favorite located right on the water in Safe Harbor Marina.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Bar
“American grub, cocktails & live tunes offered in a casual waterfront hub from morning until late. Daily 7am-10pm”
  • 17 locals recommend
Plaza
“Come two hours before sundown and watch the square turn into street performers everywhere! And then turn your attention to the beautiful, picture perfect sunset! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great food & music walking distance just South of Moon Bay...MM104 Gulf/Bay Side”
  • 29 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great sunset views, food/drinks...but a bit pricey (make reservations for better sunset view seating)”
  • 29 locals recommend

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