Key West to Key Largo Things to do!
by Helga Marshmellow
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        Hemingway's beloved Key West and watch the sunset at Mallory Dock. While there don't miss visiting Hemingway's home and petting the many six-toed cats that still live there, try a basket of conch fritters at the famous Hog's Breath Saloon, and take a leisurely stroll among the Victorian, Bahamian and New England style homes and mansions that dot the island. And don't leave the Keys until you've had your photo snapped at the southernmost point in the continental US: the buoy on the corner of South Street and Whitehead Street (only 90 miles to Cuba:).

        The stunning chain of Keys islands can be reached by traveling the almost 130 miles of US 1, also called the Overseas Highway. This coral archipelago on the tip of southern Florida used to be accessible only by water until Henry Flagler built the Overseas Railway in the early 1900's. The Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 heavily damaged the railway and it was never repaired. The Highway is a tourist's delight, with tiny islands dotting both sides and scenic bridges connecting the inhabited ones. Trying to decide which Key to stop and explore can be a fun challenge, so give yourself plenty of time for sightseeing.

        Key Largo, the largest key, calls itself the "Diving Capital of the World" due to a living coral barrier reef (one of only two in the continental US) a few miles offshore. You'll want to visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and view the reefs from either a glass-bottom boat tour or scuba diving. See if you can spot Christ of the Abyss, a 4000 pound statue sitting in 25 feet of water.

        The four islands of Islamorada offer more family adventure such as sport-fishing, snorkeling, parasailing and wind-surfing. Take in a dolphin or sea lion show at Theater of the Sea, one of the oldest marine wildlife parks in the country. Or soak up some rays at Anne's Beach at Mile Marker 74, with its sandy beach and shaded picnic areas.

        Next key you come to is Marathon, known for its plentiful fishing charter excursions as well as a number of popular diving reefs. The Turtle Hospital rescues, rehabilitates and then releases injured sea turtles and offers visitors a 90 minute guided educational tour of the facilities. Don't miss Pigeon Key, a 5 acre island reached from the old Seven Mile Bridge, with its historical buildings and museum displaying artifacts from the days it housed a work camp for the railway. If you happen to be visiting in April you may want to join runners in the Seven Mile Bridge Run. The bridge, completed in 1982, was once called "The 8th Wonder of the World".

        At the end of the Overseas Highway lies Key West, a quaint yet quirky island with a vibrant nightlife, dining and art scene. Stroll down Duval Street and buy a T-Shirt from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, or take a tour of the Southernmost House, a Victorian mansion built in 1886. Must see museums include the Key West Shipwreck Museum and the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum. Of course, no visit is complete without sampling some of the best seafood the Gulf has to offer: how about grilled mahi mahi at Sarabeth's, or conch fritters at the Mallory Square Street Stand (stay for the sunset celebration - always a huge party!)

Key West to Key Largo family fun adventure, here are the top 100 things to do around the FL Keys area!

Dolphin viewing trips
Hover Tours
Kayak Rentals
Leah’s Ark (Petting Zoo)
Dolphin Cove Research Center
Everglades Alligator Farm
Glass Bottom Boat Tours
History of Diving Museum
Biscayne National Park (in the Miami Chapter)
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Dolphins Plus, Key Largo Swim with the Dolphins!
USCG Duane, Spiegel Grove, Molasses Reef, Benwood Wreck, USCG Bibb - artificial reefs
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary
Dolphin Cove, Key Largo
Florida Keys Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, Key Largo
Grecian Rocks-North Dry Rocks - Dive sites
Florida Keys Dive Venter, Tavernier
Kiffney's Firearms and Indoor Range, Key Largo
Key Largo Hammocks State Botanical Site
MarineLab Undersea Laboratory, Key Largo
Village Green Golf Course, Tavernier
Bud 'n Mary's Sportfishing Marina, Islamorada
Sea Horse Private Charters, Islamorada
History of Diving Museum, Islamorada
Theater of the Sea, Islamorada
Indian Key state Historic Site, Islamorada
Lignumvitae Key Botanical state Park, Islamorada
Annie's Beach, Islamorada
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park, Islamorada
Islamorada County Park
Sundance Watersports, Duck Key
Dolphin Connection, Duck Key
A Deep Blue Dive center, Key Colony Beach
Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, Key Colony Beach
Sombrero Reef, Key Colony Beach
Thunderbolt, Coffins Patch - artificial reefs, Key Colony Beach
Seven Mile Bridge, Marathon
The Turtle Hospital, Marathon
Island Hoppers Aerial Adventures, Marathon
Curry Hammock State Park, Marathon
Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center, Marathon
Paradise Found Sailing, Sailing in the Keys - sailing
Pigeon Key, Marathon
Seabird Key, Marathon
Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Marathon
Coupon Bight Aquatic Preserve
Big Pine Kayak Adventures
Bahia Honda State Park and Beach, Big Pine Key
Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, Big Pine Key
National Key Deer Refuge, Big Pine Key
Blue Hole, Big Pine Key
Innerspace Dive Center, Southern Most Diving - diving adventures
American Shoal Lighthouse, Sugarloaf Key
Reelax Charters and Key Flat Charters - boat trips, Sugarloaf Key
Tropic Cinema, Key West
Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West
West Martello Tower, Key West
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Sunrise Kiteboarding, Key West
Waterfront Playhouse, Key West
Yoga on the Beach, Key West
The Studios of Key West
Red Barn Theatre, Key West
Mallory Square, Key West
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West
Duval Street, Key West
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, Key West
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Key West
US Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, Key West
Key West Cemetery
Key West Golf Club
East Martello Museum and Gallery, Key West
Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum
Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, Key West
Key West Aquarium
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum, Key West
The Oldest House, Key West
Curry Mansion, Key West
Southernmost Point, Key West
Key West Museum of Art and History
Key West Shipwreck Museum
Key West Wildlife Center
Smathers Beach, South Beach, Higgs Beach, Simonton Street Beach
Historic Seaport at Key West Bight
The Cabaret at La Te Da, Key West
Kelly's Caribbean Gar, Grill and Brewery, Key West
San Carlos Institute - Casa Cuba, Key West
Turtle Kraals Museum, Key West
Key West Burlesque Theater
The Alexander Wreck, Key West
Higgs Beach Dog Park, Key West
Dive Key West
Key West Yoga Sanctuary
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
Key West Symphony
Memorial Sculpture Garden
Flagler Station Oversea Railway Historeum, Key West
Ripley's Believe It or Not, Key West
Heritage House Museum, Key West
The USS Mohawk CGC Memorial Museum, Key West
Key Colony Beach Golf and Tennis
Duval Street Wreckers Museum, Key West
Key West National Wildlife Refuge
Dive Spots
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Fishing Tour companies
Dive Tour companies
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Everglades National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park & Fort Jefferson, 70 miles west of Key West

Key West, Key Largo and Florida Keys family activities fun adventures!
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Miss Holly Woodhalls's Key West to Key Largo Food'views:

No Name Pub
North Watson Blvd Big Pine Key, FL, 33043
(305) 872-9115
11am to 11pm 7 days a week

   This definitive hole-in-the-wall, the oldest bar on Big Pine, is worth a drive from anywhere….and I mean that! Quirky, laidback, messy and fantastic pizza, what more could you ask for? The walls and ceilings are covered - completely 100% covered - in dollar bills, so bring one to sign and tack up.
   This little place in about a mile and a half north of US 1, look for signs as they can be a bit hard to find. It's very kid-friendly, so take the entire family and sit outside on a picnic bench under the trees. Service can be a bit erratic (and they admit it on the menu) but the ambiance and great food more than make up for it. Smoky pizzas like the Key Shrimp and Caribbean Chicken are my favorites but they also make a mean Grouper Sandwich and Grilled Yellowfin Tuna. The motto there is 'A Nice Place if You Can Find it'… me; you'll want to find it. Menu.

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