What began as part of a 19th century plan to help protect the southeastern coast of the United States, became Ft Zachary Taylor or just "Fort Zach" for short. During the Civil War, the Union actually seized control of the fort, to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Confederate Army. Originally the fort was completly surrounded by water, with just a small walkway connecting it to the rest of Key West. The fort was completed in the late 1860's, though the upper level was destroyed in 1889 to make way for newer weaponry. The old cannons were then buried within the new outside wall, so that they could save on building materials.
January 26-February 2 2020
The annual Key West Food and Wine Festival has been recognized by the Travel Channel as one of the top 5 food and wine events that you must attend in 2019. This series of wine and food themed venues showcases a diverse range of wines and inventive cuisine, hosted by their passionate creators at iconic island locations.
Celebrate your romance with Seashells, Sunshine & Sand. Some people dream of this day forever and should be one of the most memorable moments of your life. Whether your dream wedding includes
glistening tropical waters with sand between your toes, sophisticated sunset elegance at a five-star resort or anything in between, America's Caribbean Island Paradise offering year round weather, breathtaking water views and an abundant array of options will make your special day exactly as you imagine. Make memories at Smather’s beach, Higg’s beach, Fort Zachary Taylor historic state park or the gazebo overlooking the Atlantic Ocean at West Martello Tower & Gardens.
World Champion Sand Sculpting
Fort Myers Beach hosts the largest sand sculpting event in the state. Considered a "Must See" experience and one of the TOP TEN best sand sculpting competitions in the world by USA Today and CNN Travel.
Closer to Havana than Miami, Key West has a long history of trade with Cuba and the rest of the Caribbean. Everything from sponges to seafood and ivory was brought into Key West. Arguably the most famous import was tobacco. Along with this tobacco came the elusive Cuban Cigar.
October 30 - November 3, 2019
Not sure what you want for lunch, dinner or in-between? WineDine Key West is a month long event between mid September and the middle of October celebrating fine dining at an affordable price. If you're looking for a great Key West excursion, in the cooler months, but aren't quite ready for Fantasy Fest. Well, this just may be for you.
Legendary Key West restaurants offer up three-course prix-fixe menus specially priced for you to experience what makes this islands food so special. Want to know who's making what, when and where? Head on over to their Facebook page, below, and find out all of the info you'll need.
This 10 day free event features the unique opportunity to experience the voices, back stories, and personalities of some of the most influential and internationally-recognized singer-songwriters at some of the most famous venues across Captiva, Sanibel, Historic Downtown Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach!