There are smart phone apps for everything from counting calories to virtual magic tricks. So of course there are apps to make your vacation a breeze.
The new Florida Keys App puts area restaurants, marinas, dolphin encounters and other attractions at your fingertips. It also provides local weather, interactive maps, current events, videos, Facebook photo-sharing and more.
Clinton Barras of FloridaKeys.com called the app "the Swiss Army knife of travel utilities." Even better, it's free.
Now, what to do on your Keys vacation? Consider these ideas:
- Nov. 11, veterans and active military get free admission to Crane Point Museum & Nature Center in Marathon. The museum is also hosting a kids' expo on Nov. 27.
- Nov. 24, take a guided walk through Nature Key Deer Refuge in Big Pine and the Lower Keys.
- Dec. 1-11, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country's first underwater preserve, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo. The festivities include a snorkel record attempt, rededication ceremony and a keynote address by respected oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle.
- Dec. 3 is the Islamorada Holiday Festival. A tree-lighting ceremony kicks off the event, which also features a parade, kids' activity booths, food and of course Santa himself.
- Dec. 11 is the Key Largo Holiday Lighted Boat Parade. The best viewing is at Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and the Caribbean club around mile markers 103 and 104.
For even more fun in the Keys, check out Fla-Keys.com.