Tag Archives: Things to do in Key West
We’re used to a little humidity here at Parrot Key Resort. Summertime in the Florida Keys is a truly tropical affair, with daily temps ranging from sultry to flat-out sticky. We like to think that all that extra moisture keeps our skin looking young (and our air conditioning bills looking scary.)
But when the forecast says that the 70% humidity we’re currently weathering isn’t expected to break all evening, we pack a bag and head out. Out onto the water, that is.
Did you know that there are a variety of cruises for every price point that leave daily & nightly here in Key West? From big party catamarans with open bars and music, to intimate sailboats that bring you front row to one of our famous sunsets, there’s a boat for every taste, wallet and whim. Why not grab your family and head out on a 2-hour snorkle tour? Or tell the wife that the two of you are going dancing tonight…with an ocean breeze to go alongside that live band you’ll be swinging to. Kids will love a fascinating glass-bottom boat tour over the reef, while normally-sullen teens tend to go crazy for one of the Ultimate Adventure tours that include so many activities (parasailing, jetski-ing and a giant inflatable ice berg, anyone?) that they’ve been known to actually put down their cell phones for once. We’re especially fond of the champagne sailing trips that pair gorgeous wooden schooners with endless glasses of bubbly. The choices are endless.
Whether it’s a private dinner cruise for two or a $40 booze cruise for 50, Key West’s waterfront has a variety of ships with competitive pricing to satisfy any desire and budget. Just swing by our front desk and ask one of our friendly agents to help you pick which boat best fits your needs. And remember: no matter how hot it is out by the pools, it’s always cooler on the water!
It’s a Monday night in Key West, which means you could head down to Duval St. and get lost in the crowds, stop by Mallory Square for Sunset Festival…or you could swing by the Tropic Cinema for one of their classic movies! Tonight we’ll be doing the latter.
Why not grab some popcorn and catch a Coen Brothers comedy at the Tropic tonight? “Raising Arizona,” the 1987 cult classic that has since been rated one of The American Film Institute’s funniest movies, stars Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as a couple who would do just anything to have a child. With John Goodman and Frances McDormand rounding out an all-star cast, this film is one for the ages.
“Raising Arizona” at the Tropic Cinema, located at 416 Eaton St., tonight at 7:00.
We love a good happy hour. And when it benefits a great local cause, we love it even more! So swing by the BottleCap Groove Lounge tonight from 5:00pm to 8:00pm for a fun & fundraising happy hour to benefit the Key West Firehouse Museum, slated to open to the public in January 2o013. The benefit will feature drinks, appetizers, a silent auction, raffles and more. Come show your support for Old Fire House Preservation, Inc., a nonprofit whose funds support the restoration and maintenance of the Old Firehouse Museum at the corner of Grinnell and Virginia Streets. This historic site housed Key West’s own Firehouse No.3, a 100-year-old firehouse that now stands as a museum and treasured landmark. With private openings and functions having displayed the museum’s collection of artifacts to a select few over the years, Old Fire House Preservation, Inc. looks forward to amassing enough funds to support the public opening of the museum next year, so that all may come and enjoy its beauty and history.
To learn more, visit www.keywestfirehousemuseum.com.
The BottleCap Lounge is located at 1128 Simonton Street.
Here at Parrot Key Hotel & Resort we have a passion for art. Which is why we’re especially excited for all the exciting openings and events happening tonight in Key West! Art lovers will have plenty to choose from today, as a number of exhibitions open to the public for the first time. (A little party here and there doesn’t hurt, either.)
First off, The Custom House Museum will open two new exhibits tonight with a party open to the public from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Come mix & mingle as two fabulous exhibits– “Celebrating the Colors of Key West,” the art of Jack Baron, and “Coping with Depression —the WPA Artists in Key West”– are opened to the public. While both shows will stay open through November, tonight is your first chance to catch a glimpse of these beautiful and important works.
In addition, the Key West Art Center presents “Martha Watson Sauer: WPA Teaching Artist,” opening tonight in conjunction with the WPA exhibit at the Custom House Museum, located a quick walk away.
Also in the area, the Key West Aquarium (which many don’t know was a WPA project completed in 1934 and which contains fascinating frescoes) will stay open until 7 p.m. with free admission to those attending either of the above receptions.
Finally, tonight’s “Art Walk On White” will have galleries along White St. open to the public for wine, appetizers and a dazzling array of new works by artists at the Studios of Key West, Harrison Gallery, and more. Take a walk down White St. and see what you can find!
With so many fun events to consider, tonight’s bound to offer something for everyone. So what are you waiting for?
Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Julia Child with “Cinema & Cuisine,” a benefit for the American Cancer Society
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the birth of beloved chef Julia Child, the Tropic Cinema presents “Cinema & Cuisine,” a one-night fundraiser for the American Cancer Society happening tonight. Featuring a complimentary buffet, silent auction, book-signing, and a screening of the film “Julie & Julia,” the proceeds of this fun & festive event will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Festivities begin at 7:00pm, with the movie screening beginning at 8:00pm.
To buy your ticket ($20) simply go online to www.tropiccinema.com or by calling the American Cancer Society at 305-292-2333. Tickets will also be available at the door the evening of the event.
The Tropic Cinema is located at 416 Eaton Street.
They started with thirteen and have narrowed it to the final three– now’s your chance to get a front row seat when the finalists for Aqua’s “Aqua Idol” competition compete for first place and some pretty special prize packages worth thousands of dollars!
After 13 grueling weeks, these talented stage performers have strutted and sung their way to the top three. Watch as Larry Blackburn, Karen Weber and Mary Hancock sing a variety of songs for their final chance to be crowned the official Aqua Idol, with the competition getting started at 6:30pm sharp.
All proceeds from this fun and fabulous event will go to fund Helpline, an incredible charity whose free hotline serves those in crisis:
“HELPLINE’s official mission is to provide confidential and anonymous crisis intervention, education, and information and referral services to the residents and visitors of Monroe County and the homeless. They also provide telephone reassurance to the elderly and disabled. Services are free, and phones are manned by volunteers who have undergone extensive training. As well as answering thousands of calls each year from people with nowhere else to turn. HELPLINE also offers free family caregiver training and support groups.”
Tonight’s Aqua Idol finale will also feature special performances from judges, previously crowned Idols, and more!
Aqua is located at 711 Duval St., in downtown historic Key West. The show starts at 6:30pm sharp– get there early for a prime seat and bring as many singles as your wallet can hold!
The epic slacker 80′s film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” was an instant classic upon its 1982 release. Tonight, for one night only, relive the comedy as the Tropic Cinema screens this hilarious movie at 7:00pm for all to enjoy.
Written by Cameron Crowe and starring an impossibly young Sean Penn, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” chronicles a year in the life of prototypical high schoolers at the fictional Ridgemont High School, following their ups and downs and featuring some uproarious lines that have been quoted for decades afterward.
Located at 416 Eaton St., the Tropic Theatre is Key West’s favorite independent movie theatre. Get there early for good seats and an extra slice of frozen Key Lime Pie– trust us, it’s worth it.
Get out your plastic bibs and send those friends with shellfish allergies to the other side of the island: Lobster Crawl is tonight! In keeping with the Key West LobsterFest tradition, this annual culinary crawl down Duval St. is not to be missed.
From the official LobsterFest website (found here): “Immediately following sunset, join hundreds of party people for a stroll down Duval Street. Everyone receives an Official Lobsterfest T-Shirt and souvenir lanyard, plus 2 for 1 Coronas and 3 Olives cocktails! Proceeds benefit Key West High School Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets from the Ship to Shore store at the Rick’s/Durty Harry’s Entertainment Complex, 202 Duval St. 11am til 2am Daily”
Get there early to beat the crowds, and remember: to get melted butter stains out of clothing, apply dish soap directly to the stain and stay away from the dryer. We have experience with this one, and after tonight’s crawl, we have a feeling you will as well.
The weekend starts a day early this week with the first evening of festivities for LobsterFest, Key West’s indulgent and much-loved culinary feast, beginning tonight. For your first taste, head on over to the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon tonight at 6:00pm for their “Tunes and Tails” party, featuring delicious seafood and live music. Call 305.517.6350 for details. Reservations not required. Visit www.smokintunasaloon.com for directions, details and more.
LobsterFest is just getting started, so clear your schedules! There’s way more finger-licking fun ahead.
Check out the full festival schedule here.
Captain Tony Tarracino, the owner of the renowned Capt. Tony’s Saloon for nearly 30 years and legendary Key West personality, had been called the city’s “most-loved personality” before his death in 2008. Having lived as a professional bootlegger, gambler, shrimp boat worker, gunrunner, and eventual mayor of Key West, Captain Tony was loved and revered by all who met him, a true Key West institution.
Celebrate his life and the fabulous way he lived it with “Captain Tony Days,” which begins today and runs through August 11th. This carefree celebration includes games, film screenings, parties, art shows, a scholarship awarded to a Key West High Schooler, and much more. For more information, visit the Capt. Tony Days Facebook page or visit Mile Zero.