Five Free Things to Do in Key West

By: Dalia Colon


I’m recently back from my first trip to Key West. And while one trip doesn’t exactly qualify me to be mayor of the so-called Conch Republic, it didn’t take me long to scope out the freebies. Here are my top five ways to enjoy this country’s Southernmost city without spending a dime.

Photo op. You couldn’t go to Paris and not have your photo taken in front of the Eiffel Tower, right? Nor should you skip the urge to be photographed at the Southermost Point in the United States, marked by a buoy at the end of South Street. The ever-present line of tourists moves quickly, and while you wait you can make a new friend who’ll take your picture when it’s your turn.

Lush life. Folks pay to have their wedding at the Key West Garden Club -- a former Civil War Fort. But all are welcome to stroll for free through the lushly landscaped brick pathway and enjoy the waterfront view. Bring a picnic lunch, a sketchbook or some reading material, and sit a spell to escape the hubbub of Duval Street.

Drop-dead fun.  Don’t be scared. Twice a week, the Historic Florida Keys Foundation offers free tours of Historic Key West Cemetery; or take a self-guided tour anytime. Find out some of the cemetery's famous names here.

Celebrate the sun. Key West takes its sunsets seriously. Every evening, folks stop what they’re doing to watch the sun dip below the horizon. The event is met with particular fanfare at Mallory Square, which hosts the nightly Sunset Celebration. We’re talking food vendors, sketch artists, jugglers and cats jumping through flaming hoops. I told you it was serious.

Hit the beach. This is Florida, after all. To check out VISIT FLORIDA’s guide to Key West beaches, click here.

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Alan Arthur
Alan Arthur May 19, 2013 8:43 AM
We will be visiting Key West for the first time. Do hou have any information that will help? Thank you.