One day in Key West, Florida
The final stop on our Holland America Line Caribbean Cruise was Key West, a small island that packs a lot on punch. We only had one day in Key West to enjoy everything it had to offer, luckily we came prepared.
It was the most perfect day, and after having our passports checked we left the ship to hop on to one of the hop-on/hop-off trolleys.
With the island only measuring in at around 6.4km long and 1.6km wide, these trolleys are a great way to get an in-depth look into what the town has to offer.
We opted to use City View Trolleys which featured nine stops throughout the town. If you chose to stay on the trolley, you could complete the route in about an hour, but we decided to take advantage and explore each stop a bit more.
What To See – One Day In Key West:
The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
This small museum allows you to learn more about local plant and animal life. There are great interactive exhibits, tanks featuring a variety of fish and coral as well as Aquarius – the world’s only underwater laboratory. After looking around, you can catch a short 3D movie that outlines the Florida Keys eco-system. Best of all, it’s FREE!!!
Higgs Beach and White Street Pier
The small beach is great for people looking to sit back and relax. It’s nothing amazing, but I loved walking the pier, watching the fishermen and looking out towards Cuba. There’s also a great AIDS memorial.
Obviously no trip to Key West would be complete without visiting the Southernmost Point. It’s an iconic spot and a must see if you’re in town. Now you have the battle the crowds here, with the line for pictures with the concrete buoy wrapping around the block. It was madness, so we skipped the queue and took a selfie. We might not be right next to the buoy, but you get the picture.
US 1 Mile Marker 0 Sign
Another must see landmark! We walked around lost for a while until we finally found the marker. It was one picture I absolutely wanted. The landmark marks the end of the U.S Route 1 highway that runs from Fort Kent, Main on the Canada/USA border right down to Key West. Making it the longest North-South road in the USA.
Ernest Hemingway House Museum
Now Tyrone put down his foot, so we didn’t go inside but we did drive past the house on our trolley ride. I heard great reviews about the museum tours. You get both free tours and paid tours- so if you’re looking to kill an hour it’s a great way to do it.
Harry S. Truman Little White House
We opted to not do the paid tour but we managed to walk around the main level. The house has seen some incredibly important visitors including – Thomas Edison, John Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton. Its most important usage was as the winter White House of Harry Truman who spent 175 days of his presidency here. Along with the museum, we also walked around the area – Truman Annex. The houses were beautiful!
Finally, we ended our day back at the Key West Ferry Terminal where we indulged in some Conch sandwiches and Key Lime Pie. It was delicious… especially the pie!