Key West adventure

Experience Plenty of Adventure in Key West

With its tropical climate and wide array of parks and beaches, Key West is the perfect location for your day in the sun. Picnic in a sprawling, sun-filled park, explore the Audubon house, or treat yourself to Key West adventure sports aside the sparkling ocean. Whether you desire to learn more about the local habitat or simply revel in its beauty, The Southernmost House’s list of favorite Key West beaches, parks, and outdoor activities will help you plan the ideal experience.

PARKS

Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West parksCruise nearly 70 miles west of Key West to the remote Dry Tortugas National Park. The 100-square mile park stretches over seven small islands, and houses the largest brick structure in the western hemisphere: Fort Jefferson. Accessible only by boat, ferry, or seaplane, the park is known the world over for its marine life, pirate legends, and sheer unspoiled beauty.

Fort Zachary Taylor

Key West beachesFlorida's southernmost state park is a popular spot for swimming, snorkeling, picnicking, and U.S. military history. Learn interesting Key West history during a guided tour of the fort, and enjoy the magnificent views from the top. The park also contains a mini-café, plenty of shade, and a small beach that tends to be far less crowded than the others on the island.

Sonny Mccoy Indigenous Park

If you’re seeking some shade during your Key West excursion, this park provides a stunning hideaway amongst native trees. Designed to preserve the indigenous plants and wildlife on the island, Sonny Mccoy houses a Wildlife Rescue Center and exciting trail that takes you through a large variety of protected land. Tour the grounds and participate in a round of bocce ball on one of the many courses available within the park.

NATURE

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Explore over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits as you educate yourself about our fragile ecosystem at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Watch a visually stunning film about the ocean, discover a mock-up of Aquarius—the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, and browse the gift shop for a unique keepsake.

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth, and this "frost-free" botanical garden is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. The tropical environment and ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves year-round, creating a tropical paradise for your viewing pleasure no matter what month you’re visiting Key West. Visit this garden to view some of the richest in plant and animal life on the planet.

Key West Aquarium

The Key West Aquarium is home to sharks, turtles, stingrays, other tropical fish found in the beautiful waters of Key West. Watch as the tour guide feeds stingrays and nurse sharks, view the open-air turtle tank, and check out the petting tank where you can interact with various fish, turtles, and eels! Become actively involved in conservation of the delicate eco-system of the Florida Keys.

Dolphin Research Center

This Key West adventure is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone who loves aquatic animals. Spend a day playing with Atlantic Bottle-Nose Dolphins and California Sea Lions at the Dolphin Research Center! They offer a variety of terrific programs, including Trainer for a Day, Researcher for a Day, Dolphin Encounter, and Dolphin Dip, all of which need to be reserved in advance and online.  The DRC is located on Grassy Key and about an hour's drive from The Southernmost House.

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is a magical Key West excursion for adults and children alike! Walk amongst a beautiful habitat of colorful birds, exotic flora, and thousands of friendly butterflies. Learn about the migration and life cycle of these graceful creatures or visit the gift shop for a unique Key West butterfly keepsake.

Turtle Kraals Museum/Key West Turtle Museum

This tiny museum has an deep story to tell. Although Key West has a history of turtle processing and canning, it is now home to the only sea turtle museum in the world! An enthusiastic tour guide will take you through the exhibits and explain the importance of preserving the environment, and by the time you leave you'll be just as passionate as they are.

BEACHES

Bask in the Beautiful Beaches of Key West, Florida

South Beach

Located right next to The Southernmost House, this Key West beach contains white sand, endless ocean views, a pier, and a bar located right on the beach! South Beach is prime spot for swimming with small aquatic life or reading a book in the sun. Tops are optional at this beach, which makes it a great place to get a tan without those pesky tan lines.

Higgs Beach Park

One of the BEST beaches in Key West, Higgs is known for being clean, clear, and shallow; which makes it a great place for snorkeling!  Higgs Beach is truly unique on many fronts as it hosts the only shore-accessible underwater marine park in the United States; plus a Civil War Era Fort is located with in the Park.

Smathers Beach

Smathers Beach is one of the ideal Florida Keys beaches for the active person. Burn off those vacation calories with a day of kayaking, windsurfing, following the bike paths, sailing, or snorkeling right off the beach. Spend the afternoon swimming around checking out some small marine life.

Fort Zachary Taylor

A local favorite, this lovely Key West beach is located at the Southern end of Fort Zachary Taylor. Smaller and less crowded than the neighboring Key West beaches, it's is a prime spot to hunt for coral and enjoy the ocean views below and above the water. With an abundance of sun and shade, this Florida Keys beach provides the perfect retreat for a relaxing day.

Key West Dog Beach

Not only is Key West one of the most dog-friendly cities in America, it also has one of the best beaches in Florida in which to take your furry friend! Located within walking distance of The Southernmost House, the sand is soft and the waves are small, so no matter the size of your dog they will enjoy frolicking on the shoreline or diving into the waves.

1400 Duval St, Key West,
FL 33040 (305) 296-3141