There’s still plenty to see & do in Key West, even when it’s a little wetter outside than usual.
The shops & museums by Mallory Square offer a wide variety of oddities and handicrafts, from massive beach ball-sized sea sponges to doubloons salvaged from nearby shipwrecks. Take a spin through Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum, or bring the kids to the always entertaining Key West Toy Factory, with its whimsical ambiance and high-quality, unique toys. The Shipwreck Museum, Hemingway House and the Harry S. Truman Little White House all offer a bevy of indoor entertainment that is fun for both adults and children. And of course, Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum is worth a spin– if you can handle it!
Or, if you’re not afraid of a little mud, why not grab a plastic poncho and umbrella and go spend a lazy afternoon making your way through the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden? This lush sanctuary is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States, and offers protection to many endangered flora & fauna. It also houses Key West’s only “Chug Museum,” an open-air collection of salvaged boats used by Cuban refugees seeking asylum. These incredible vessels are constructed from a myriad of materials, from reclaimed refrigerator motors to styrofoam slabs, and are truly amazing to see.
For directions to any of the above locations, ask your friendly front-desk concierge. They’ll be more than happy to point you in the right direction (even if that direction is just to the nearest indoor movie theatre!)