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9 Best Things To Do In The Florida Keys

9 Best Things To Do In The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a group of islands located at the southernmost point of the United States. This tropical getaway is home to beautiful beaches, famous landmarks, and an array of unique shopping and dining experiences, making it a prime destination for Florida travelers. Of all the things to do in the Florida Keys, these nine are the ones you can’t miss!

#1 Take a Key West Sunset Sail

Price:  From $37 per person

Why You’ll Love It:  What better way to spend an evening than watching the sun go down as you sail along the Florida coast?  You’ll enjoy a great dinner aboard the boat, while Mother Nature provides the entertainment!

Address: 202 William Street, Key West, FL  33040

What’s the Word:  A recent Google reviewer said, “Our party of nine (five adults, four children ranging from 1-8 y/o) had a great time watching the sunset on the High Tide! We would definitely recommend it!”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.4/10

#2 Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West

Price:  $16

Why You’ll Love It:  Follow in the footsteps of “Papa” as you tour his historic home and lush garden property.  You’ll not only get to see Ernest Hemingway’s studio, where several of his most prolific novels were written, but you might even be charmed by descendants of his legendary six-toed cats!

Address: 907 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL  33040

What’s the Word:  A recent review on Trip Advisor stated, “Visiting Hemingway’s Key West home and museum was high on my list of things to do when our cruise ship stopped and we were not disappointed. There is something for everyone on this fascinating tour. The tour guides are full of interesting stories and historical facts about Hemingway, the home, and the grounds. The home contains museum quality artifacts and the grounds are simply gorgeous.”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.3/10

#3 Visit Dry Tortugas National Park

Price:  $15

Why You’ll Love It:  Just the fact that you can only explore the Dry Tortugas by boat is a great lead-in.  Then consider the fact that the islands are surrounded by old shipwrecks, and the coral reefs in the area can be explored by snorkeling.  What’s not to love?

Address: 40001 SR 9336, Homestead, FL  33034

What’s the Word:  A recent review on Google says, “Fabulous trip as a couple traveling with a teenager. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day! Had a combination of a historical tour, physical activity of snorkeling and then laying on a beach. The island itself is surrounded by water and it is very beautiful. However don’t expect to see a lot of marine life while snorkeling.”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.4/10

#4 John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Price:  $9

Why You’ll Love It:  Snorkeling adventurers will have a great time exploring the waters around Elbow Reef.  And they will definitely be rewarded with an underwater view of “Christ of the Deep” statue.  If you want to stay on dry ground, the visitors center has a nice aquarium, or you can split the difference and spend the day on (but not in) the water exploring the mangrove forests by canoe or kayak.

Address: 102601 Overseas Highway, Key West, FL  33037

What’s the Word:  A recent reviewer on Trip Advisor commented, “We booked the 4.5 hour snorkel tour and were able to see 3 different snorkel spots which all were excellent. It ended with the statue. We had plenty of time in the water. It’s only about 10 dollars more per person to do the 4.5 hour tour vs the 2 hour tour and it’s totally worth it!”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.6/10

#5 Visit Key West’s Duval Street

Price:  Free

Why You’ll Love It:  A party atmosphere envelopes the main drag in Key West, with a wide variety of shops, restaurants, live music venues, and bars.  Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, Duval Street has great energy at any time of the day…or night!

Address: Duval Street, Key West, FL  33040

What’s the Word:  A recent review on Trip Advisor exclaims, “Anything worth seeing in Key West is on Duval Street!  Tons of sight-seeing, bars, shopping, bars, restaurants & bars, art galleries, bars and oh, did I mention the BARS!  Lots of fun and people watching at its best! Enjoy!”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.8/10

#6 Brewery: Islamorada Brewery and Distillery

Price:  $6 and up

Why You’ll Love It:  This is your one-stop shop for libations on the way to or from Key West!  Tour the distillery, hang out in the taproom enjoying any number of brews, or snag a bite to eat  from the food truck, then kick back in the beer garden for an exceptional afternoon in The Keys!

Address: 82229 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL  33036

What’s the Word:  A recent review on Google states, “Make sure you stop here if you’re on your way to KW! Or on your way home like we did. Almost had to stay one more night. We didn’t want to leave the brewery and the staff was amazing! We ended up purchasing $100 worth of merchandise on our way out and 2 six packs of their coconut key lime beer. The Bloody Mary is wonderful as well. Don’t pass this place up! We will be making another trip from Citrus Co. FL soon.”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.6/10

Pro Tip: Sleep soundly at one of these 3 Best Islamorada RV Parks for Your Florida Keys Trip.

#7 Winery: The Key West Winery

Price:  $10 and up

Why You’ll Love It:  If you are game to try something other than ‘grapes in a bottle,’ the Key West Winery is just the ticket.  Over 40 varieties of fruit wine are carried in stock, giving you the unique opportunity to taste blackberry, banana, key lime, or mango wines, just to name a few.  Come expecting to discover tropical fruit vino that will become your new favorite!

Address: 103 Simonton Street, Key West, FL  33040

What’s the Word:  A recent reviewer on Trip Advisor had this to say, “We did a tasting ($10) of 5 wines of our choice and got to keep the small wine glasses. It’s tastefully decorated and has wine accessories, stemware, and so many wines made from Florida fruit. We bought bottles of sangria, blueberry, blackberry, and banana. They boxed up the wine and gave us a free peach slushy for purchasing wine. Service was very friendly.”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.2/10

#8 Campground: Bahia Honda State Park

Price:  $8

Why You’ll Love It:  Start at the Sand and Sea Nature Center to identify the plants and animals you’ll come across throughout the park.  Then venture into the clear waters in a kayak or with snorkeling gear to experience The Keys from a unique vantage point.  Bring your camp gear, hiking boots, and binoculars to enjoy the many facets of Bahia Honda.

Address: 36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, FL  33043

What’s the Word:  A recent review on Google says, “All natural beach. So expect sea grass here and there. Great sandbars and you can go way out. The snorkeling is great and they offer tours. Kayak rentals available.  Still recovering from Hurricane Irma but still beautiful and well worth visiting. Best beach in the Florida Keys!”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.2/10

#9 Hotel: The Southernmost House

Price:  $203 and up

Why You’ll Love It:  This boutique bed and breakfast is truly at the end of the country!  With an infinity pool and Victorian rooms overlooking the seaside out your window, you’d be pressed to find any lodging this luxurious and centrally located in Key West.  Walk right out the front door and find yourself on a quiet, relaxing beach, then spend the evening perusing clubs, restaurants, and shops just up the street.  It’s the perfect mixture of tranquility and excitement.

Address: 1400 Duval Street, Key West, FL  33040

What’s the Word:  A recent review on stated, “The space, decor and facilities of the room were excellent. Much larger than expected. The staff were very welcoming. It was close to stop 11 of the Duval loop which meant everywhere was accessible. Quiet location. A wonderful sea view from the pool area. Would recommend this hotel.”

Florida Keys Morton Road Trip Rating:  9.8/10

RVing in the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys really are a must-visit destination for fun-seekers. They truly have it all! From beaches to breweries, you’ll never be bored in The Keys!

RVing in the Florida Keys is quite popular, so you’ll be sure to meet new friends who are running from the cold and looking for the island life, just like you. While we haven’t brought our RV to the Keys, we have explored the Keys via car camping. Check out our article called Free Camping in the Florida Keys? to learn how we did the Keys on a low budget!

We Love Camping In Florida, and You Will, Too!

We love spending winters RVing in Florida! From the Florida Keys to the Panhandle, Florida has tons of beaches, springs, wildlife, and recreation to experience for the traveler.

While RV Resorts can be top-notch (especially the ones in the Florida Keys), they can be quite expensive. Check out our Guide to Boondocking In Florida to find some beautiful off-the-beaten-path places we’ve discovered, and give your wallet a bit of a break.

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