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Key West, Florida Attractions

Apr 29, 2008
Key West is one of the great tourist spots in Florida. While some may complain that's it's becoming more commercial by the day, hordes of tourists flock to Key West each year.

Getting around Key West can be a pain since it's crowded. Navigating the area via a bike or moped is not only highly pleasurable, but practical. Sure, you can use a car, but you're likely to get very, very frustrated. Once you have your transportation in order, there are some great sights to see in Key West.

Harry S. Truman Little White House

One of the great US presidents, Harry S. Truman, used to escape the pressures of the White House by spending time in Key West. Once he discovered it, he was hooked. His house became known as the "Little White House" and it's now open to the public. It's been completely restored.

The exhibits capture Truman's Key West experiences. Tours are offered. They typically last just under an hour and new tours start every 15 minutes. And if you're a real fan, there's a presidential gift shop.

The prices are pretty reasonable. Adults are $11 and kids 12 and under are $5. The Little White House is open daily until 4:30 p.m.

Earnest Hemmingway Home

If there's one attraction you go see in Key West, this is it. You can't miss it. His Spanish Colonial house was built in 1851 and as you probably already know, Hemmingway was a famous writer. Hope you like cats. Hemmingway loved them. He had dozens of cats and their offspring still roam the premises to this day.

For true fans, reserve about 30 minutes to take the special tour. You'll be ushered to places, such as Hemmingway's study, and you'll see special artifacts. There's no extra cost for this tour, so you might as well take it.

Admission to the Hemmingway home is $11 for adults and $6 for children. It's open daily until 5 p.m. If you're not going to take the tour (or you can't stand cats), it might be wise to pass on this attraction. However, this is one of the things people think of when they think of Key West.

Key West Aquarium

If you've got kids (or just love the aqua life) then this is a great little attraction to spend some time at. You'll see dozens of crustaceans and other aqua life. This is actually the oldest tourist attraction in Key West.

Kids will love some of the displays as they can touch some of the aqua life--like sea cucumbers.

The tours offered are free and a must. Nothing is quite as satisfying as watching a shark go into a feeding rampage--or perhaps as scary. You'll also see turtles, barracudas, etc.

The Key West Aquarium is a great place to spend a couple of hours. Admission is pretty much in line with everything else. Adults are $10 and children are $5. It's open daily until 6 p.m. and the free tours are given four times each day. There are also plenty of discount coupons floating around, so look for them.

Key West, Florida is a marvelous place to visit. Whether it's your first visit or not, give these attractions a try. I think you'll be pleased.
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