Key West is a popular Florida destination that is full of spectacular beaches, lively nightlife and fantastic restaurants. Let’s not also forget the adrenaline pumping watersports, pastels, historic museums and gorgeous conch-style houses. What more could you want from a vacation?

We picked the 10 best activities and restaurants that we think you must-try on your next trip to Key West. So pack your bags, get your bucket list ready and get ready to experience some serious island fever!

Originally Published: June 9, 2022

Top 10 Things to do in Key West

Blue Heaven

This well-known eclectic restaurant is a favorite of locals and has become a destination for tourists. It embodies everything Key West from the tropical canopies, fresh seafood to the roaming chickens and cats. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You will want to try everything from the blueberry pancakes to the seasonal stone crab legs. And make sure to leave room for dessert – the Key Lime Pie is top notch!

Fury Key West 

Fury offers a variety of watersports from parasailing to reef snorkeling and everything in between. Additionally, they also offer sunset cruises, private charters and dolphin watching tours. The eco-friendly tours are on their signature glass bottom boats. They are a local favorite! 

Old Town Trolley Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours offer a wide selection of tours including the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Ghosts & Gravestones, Conch Tour Train and more! Check their website for all their offerings. You will not be disappointed!

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

This iconic spot is a retro supper club and funky bistro. It is a must-visit when in Key West! There is nowhere else like it. The seafood is incredibly fresh and the vibe has a laid back tropical island feel. You can catch a gorgeous sunset here while enjoying happy hour or dinner. You will want to visit again and again for the food, ambiance and people.

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

This magical spot has hundreds of butterflies to see. Get immersed in their world! They have 50 to 60 butterfly species from all around the world, along with exotic birds and beautiful flowering plants. The Learning Center and gift shop are great for kids or adults alike. Step out of reality and into a world of nature and beauty for a few hours!

Conch Republic

Conch Republic has a ton of history.  The location started as a place for local shrimpers and is now an amazing restaurant with some of the freshest seafood around.  You can’t get more local than caught right outside their door.  They have great views and lots of seating, so you can soak in the sunset over the water, while enjoying a delicious meal.  They also have live music at night to add to the ambiance.

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

This historic museum offers a look into Key West’s unique maritime heritage. It is based around the 1856 ship that sank in the reef. They have actual artifacts, films and other unique ways to tell the story. This is a great stop for families, history buffs or anyone who enjoys a little mystery!

Audubon House Gallery

Tour this historic house and gallery to learn about Captain John Huling Geiger, his family and that time period in Key West. The “furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed by a wealthy family.” 


Bagatelle is located in a beautiful historic building built in the 1800s. They serve brunch 7 days a week. They also offer lunch, dinner and two happy hours! A breakfast happy hour and an afternoon happy hour. Their outdoor event space, the Moon Lounge is also worth checking out.


Mangoes is a family owned and operated restaurant and is everything authentic Key West. They serve only the freshest local seafood and tremendous Key Lime pie. The menu is mouthwatering and the space is beautiful with Caribbean influences and live entertainment. They also offer Drunken Drag Brunches, dancing after dark and live music at happy hour. 


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations, including Florida! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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