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Rainy Day Got You Down?

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!)

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Annual Mel Fisher days celebration this weekend!

This weekend marks the 26th anniversary of the discovery of the Atocha and its treasure by Mel Fisher.   The annual celebration put on by his foundation will be hosted this year at Schooner Wharf bar and feature $5,000 of gold given away throughout the night.   Benefits of the celebration will go towards future display of the gold and public programs about Key West history.  For more information check there website here.

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