Many free things to enjoy in Key West – the Southern most point of USA.
We had only two days to spare in Key West FL. So I went to do my home work researching the web to find out the things we should check out.
When we were there we found some of them were worth it and some not. In the process we got some free things too which I want to share in this article.
The Hemmingway House/Museum
I am a big fan of Ernest Hemmingway, and it was my dream to go to his home even if I don’t see any thing else in Key West.
So, please don’t miss this special place, Hemminway Museum
The museum is fabulous. With the pamphlets and the wonderful guide you’ll get all the stories – I don’t want to spoil it with my description.
What I want to share is the amazing feeling I had seeing his studio, where he used to write, which is kind of an annex from the main building. Check out his bed room and ask the docent about the head board which was actually an iron gate that Hemmingway and his wife found from their travel in Spain. Ask him the story how it was brought. Ask him the story of the swimming pool and the little penny.
The Butterfly Garden
Don’t you miss the Butterfly garden. You’ll find here 50 to 60 different kinds of butterflies and more than 20 species of exotic birds. They are in a climate control habitat. There is a lot to learn and feel wonderful about when you visit it, especially if you have children with you. The gift shop is worth a peek.
The Harry Truman Little White House:
You may want to pay a visit to this place, but I was more inclined to see and do other things, as lack of time was a big factor. How quickly the sun goes down and I wanted to go see the sea before the sun set.
Mallory point at sun set (FREE) and stand at the Southern Most Point in the USA map.
This is some thing that is absolutely free and it is a must- to -do item. At the southern most point, do take a picture.
The restaurant at that very point, I think with the very same name – Southern Most Point Restaurant, or so, is well worth the price. Make a reservation ahead of time so that you get an ocean front seat when the sun just sets for that day.
Enjoy a nice drink, Both the dishes that my husband and I had ordered were good.
We had taken reviews from other tourists too before going, and all of them were happy.
This is a fun place for people watching and checking out the cute stores. You may find places like Sloppy Joe interesting.
There is some Hemmingway connection with it. Ask the guide or docent and see if
you would like to believe those stories and pay a visit to this special place.
Or, just have a key lime pie in a small café and go with the flow.
There are lots of other things to do if you have time – like checking out the Audubon place or the Key West Aquariumin in Key West. I heard they are well worth a visit.
But time factor becomes the most crucial one that dominates. I found a nice site
that talks about what you can do in Key West if you have only 36 hours to spend.
Pocket book is also another point to consider for many of us. And for that I like to check out the cool things that are free.
Walk, walk, and walk:
On our leisurely stroll I found that the houses have distinct tin roofs. They are usually small, cottage kind with picket fence, most of them.
Many have small gardens with roses.
I discovered John Dewey’s house all on a sudden. That was quite a surprise. Seems like many distinguished people bought a house here in those days,
I noticed that there is a lot of pastel colors, pastel shades on the houses, stores and other things.
I enjoyed walking here. We kept the car parked for the whole time.
I love to travel and so all these articles are very helpful to me and I want to pass it on to others too.
So take what you like and discover on your own and have a great vacation time touring Key West, Florida.