7 Unique Things To Do In Key West – Uncover Hidden Gems

7 Unique Things To Do In Key West – Uncover Hidden Gems

Unique Things To Do In Key West

Key West is one of the only tropical paradise destinations located within the Continental United States making, it a popular place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While there is always something exciting to see and do in Key West, you may want to venture off the beaten path to discover some of Key West’s most beloved hidden gems from Old Town to Duval Street and beyond.

Whether you want to learn more about Key West’s history while you’re in town or you simply want to see all the Key West attractions off the beaten path while visiting Key West Florida, we have a list of must-visit locations that are sure to leave a lasting impression on your entire group.

1) Discover Key West’s Hidden Gems – The Enchanting Sandbars

There are plenty of unique things to do in Key West, but Key West Boat Trips has several exciting tour options that take all the work out of discovering hard-to-reach locations around the islands. One of our most popular tours is a sandbar hopping excursion. Our expert guides and captains find these hidden gems in Key West with ease due to their years of experience on the water here.

Some other tour options we have available include snorkeling tours so you can see sea turtles up close and personal, a mangrove safari in Mud Keys, and even sunset cruises for a relaxing end to a beautiful day exploring Key West.

The offshore waters surrounding Key West are more shallow than you’d expect, and because of this, they hold a secret you won’t want to miss during your vacation! When the tide is low a secret gem is revealed in the many islands, revealing sugary soft sandbars that are perfect for experiencing the waters of the Gulf of Mexico firsthand!

Contact us before finalizing your trip so we can help you plan a memorable day on the water on your visit to Key West..

2) Plan A Visit To The Key West Cemetery

The Key West Cemetery is located in the Northwest corner of Old Town. Inside you’ll wander through more than 100,000 gravesites of Key West residents who’ve long since passed. The Key West Cemetery is a beautiful location to wander through to escape the crowds and learn a bit about the history of Key West. There are several famous graves to discover as you wander through the perfectly landscaped grounds, including:

  • “Sloppy” Joe Russel
  • B.P. “Pearl” Roberts
  • Gloria M. Russel

This cemetery in the heart of Key West is not only a stunning 19-acre getaway from the hustle and bustle of the island’s visitors but it also offers a wonderful opportunity to scout out some of the more famous graves that occupy the space. Fun fact about the cemetery is there are far more people buried in this beautifully kept graveyard than there are alive and well living on the islands!

Pro tip: You can grab a self-guided tour map at the front entrance or grab a spot on a monthly guided tour of the grounds!

3) Head To Key West Garden Club For A Magical Afternoon

If you’re looking for one of the most stunning hidden gems in Key West, then you have to schedule a visit to the Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower. This is one of Key West’s historic sites and was built by the military in the 1800s during the Civil War and is now home to the Garden Club.

This historic garden is a gem you won’t want to pass up during your stay in Key West. Built on the grounds of a national historic fort, the many rooms and courtyards scattered throughout the grounds make for a relaxing and breathtaking escape from the crowds.

As you wander through the property you’ll see perfectly landscaped garden rooms, learn all about Key West’s history and intriguing facts about the Florida Keys, and see unforgettable views of the Atlantic Ocean from one of the most stunning spots in Key West.

4) The Favorite Hidden Gems In Key West Are Full Of Flavor

While visiting Key West, you’ll want to head over to the heart of Bahama Village to grab a table at Blue Heaven. Blue Heaven Key West’s most notable restaurants with a whimsical flair you won’t soon forget. Chickens and cats roam the property and the entire place is filled with brightly colored coconuts, a huge sail drawn across the patio for shaded outdoor seating, an animal-printed mannequin, and so much more.

Though the atmosphere is quite playful the food is some of the best you’ll find on the island. The menu is unmatched anywhere else in Key West, including their delectable Key Lime Pie covered with pillow meringue.

Breakfast and lunch services are first come first served and dinner reservations are limited, but you’re always welcome to stop by and grab a table when you’re hungry. There’s music to enjoy and a lively atmosphere that will keep you coming back for more.

Here are just a few of the dishes you’ll find on their extensive menu:

  • Miso baked eggplant salad
  • Carrot and curry soup
  • Pan-sautéed yellowtail with citrus beurre blanc

One of the few places in Key West with casual dining both inside and out, and offers American, Caribbean, and vegetarian meal options. There’s no better place to enjoy a meal in Key West!

5) Stay In Style At The Key West Pier House Resort & Spa

What better way to stay in Key West than to book a room at the luxurious Pier House Resort & Spa? The rooms are exquisite and are located right on the water so you always have an impressive view of the surrounding waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

During your stay, you can enjoy fine dining in the available restaurant, and you’ll have access to the high-end spa at the resort. Not only do you have all these classy amenities at your fingertips, but the Resort also gives you access to a private beach!

Sink your toes in the sand or swim in the crystal clear waters without worry of an overcrowded beach! Because the beach is private, you can always rely on it to be clean and welcoming as you head down from your room.

6) End The Day In Mallory Square To Experience The Best Key West Vibes

If you find yourself on the Old Town Trolley Tour near Duval Street in Key West, you might want to hop off at the infamous Mallory Square before the sun goes down. Mallory Square is full of fun and excitement, especially during the sunset celebration every evening here in Key West.

Street performers come to life with their impressive talents and musicians bring live music to the scene to keep the party going into the evening. You’ll find street vendors with snacks, drinks, and food to keep you satisfied, and the view of the sunset over the ocean is one you won’t want to miss.

Mallory Square has so much to offer to guests of all ages. The kids will love the vendors with toys and treats, and couples will enjoy the romantic ambiance created by the live music and performances. There’s no better way to end the perfect day in Key West than to find yourself here in the square at sunset.

7) Spend The Day Discovering Hidden Gems In Old Town

Old Town is one of the best places to spend the day in Key West because of the many hidden treasures you can find here. You can either explore the area on foot or hop aboard the Old Town Trolley which lets you hop on and off at several hot spots and lesser-known gems throughout Old Town.

The Key West Lighthouse has incredible views of the ocean and offers historic treasures to explore at your fingertips. If you’re looking for an unforgettable selfie spot, then head over to the Southernmost Point Buoy marking the southernmost point in the Continental United States.

Purchase a ticket to the Conch Tour Train and you’ll also gain access to the Sails to Rails Museum, and find gems like the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, several popular dining options, and ghost tours that regale you with spooky stories of Key West’s rich history!

Join Us As We Venture Off The Beaten Path In Key West

Break free from the ordinary and join us on an extraordinary journey as we explore the enchanting sandbars surrounding Key West. Discover hidden gems in Key West on our exclusive boat excursions, designed for solo adventurers, couples seeking romance, or small groups of friends.

At Key West Boat Trips, we pride ourselves on helping you create a memorable vacation experience here in the Florida Keys. Whether you want to join in on a group sandbar tour or you’d rather hire a private charter to enjoy lunch with your family on a secluded part of the beaches, there’s always something exciting to experience on one of our tours.

A sunset cruise is one of the most popular ways to enjoy your visit, and our expert guides and captains are always here to help you plan an unforgettable experience. Feel free to reach out on our website so we can help you pick the perfect tour experience for you and your loved ones while you’re here in the Florida Keys.

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