Things To Do In Key West: Fort Jefferson and More

If time is no object, then of course you have plenty of time to explore all of the things to do in Key West. However, if you're like the rest of us and have very little time to spend on vacation, you are going to have to pick and choose all of your vacation undertakings very carefully. It can be difficult to know which great Key West attractions and activities to jump on and which to leave for another trip.

And while prioritizing, picking, and choosing can seem like an uphill battle, have no fear. We here at Best on Key West are here to help. Matching people up with the best vacation destinations and things to do in Key West is our specialty. It's what we hang our hats on. Here are 3 of our favorite day trips in Key West.

Explore The Tranquil Sights Of Fort Jefferson

At a little over 16 million bricks, Fort Jefferson is a behemoth structure. Located on Garden Key, an island in the Dry Tortugas island chain, Fort Jefferson has quite an interesting history, all of which is compounded by the simple fact that it now sits empty 70 miles from civilization.

During its heyday, Fort Jefferson was home to more than 1,000 soldiers and their families. Their lives were isolated from the outside world, with the nearest port two hours away by boat. As the facility grew older, Fort Jefferson was converted into a federal prison. And finally, shortly after the Civil War, the facility, the construction of which was still incomplete, was abandoned.

Now Fort Jefferson stands as a part of the Dry Tortugas National Park. It is open to visitors daily and is one of the most historic things to do in Key West.

Haunts Of The Literary Greats

Two of the brightest and best American authors have called Key West home for at least part of their lives. Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams both lived, wrote, and played on the island. Their experiences ended up in their books. Hemingway found the inspiration for The Sun Also Rises while living on the island and frequenting Sloppy Joe's. Williams wrote A Streetcar Named Desire while living on the island. Even the poetic legend Robert Frost got in on the act, spending his winters on the island.

Of all of the things to do in Key West, few will make you feel quite as creative as retracing the steps of these literary geniuses. From a beer at Sloppy Joe's to a night in Old Town, you're never far from greatness in Key West.

Get Wet And In Touch With The Wild

Of course, no vacation to Key West would be complete without doing one of the most popular things to do in Key West, jumping in the water. At Best on Key West, we have many great day trips to get you into the ocean and in touch with nature. From dolphin encounters to jumping in a boat and casting a line, we'll help you get into the water and in touch with your wild side.

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