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Celebrate Naples, Florida First Annual Pride Fest

Jun 19, 2017 11:46:26 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities, Outdoor, Events

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June was chosen for LGBT Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held during this month to recognize the impact LGBT people have had in the world.

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Mini Lobster Season...2 Day Annual Event

Jun 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Water Activities, Activities, Outdoor, Events

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Florida Lobster.......

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Have  you Run with the Bulls? Do It Like Ernest Hemingway - Key West Style! !

Jun 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities

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What do you get when you combine one literary great, a 3-day marlin tournament, the running of the bulls (not real ones though), look-a-like contest for white-bearded men, book readings and signings, a street fair and an arm-wrestling contest????  Hemingway Days, of course.

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There's GOLD in the Waters off Key West

Jun 7, 2017 11:56:29 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Museums, Activities, Walking Distance, Old-Town, Tours

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Today's the Day!! That was the famous saying of Mel Fisher, Treasure Hunter Extraordinaire!! 

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Everything You Need To Know About the Key Lime Festival

May 31, 2017 4:28:52 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town

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Key Limes best known for being the “key” (pun intended) element in world famous key lime pie are celebrated each year at festivals throughout Florida and Key West's is one of the best!

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Why We Love Sun Splash Water Park (And You Should, Too!)

May 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Water Activities, Attractions, Activities, Outdoor, Pool, Cape Coral

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Key West's Free (mostly) Songwriters Festival

Apr 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Attractions, Activities, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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 Celebrating its 22nd year, the Key West Songwriters festival is the world’s LARGEST event of its kind. The five day country music mania begins on Wednesday, May 10th having free shows daily as well as some performances requiring reservations.  This is THE must do for music junkies! Some of Nashville’s greatest talents made their debuts in Key West, at the song writers festival! 

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Free Key West Martello Tower & Gardens Tour

Apr 21, 2017 10:54:23 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront

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The Key West Garden Club is located at the West Martello Tower, a National Historic site.  The site was originally built as a protector to Fort Taylor, also on Key West but was rendered obsolete before it was completed. Plans for the site were originally drawn up in 1836, but construction never actually started until 1863.  Since the site was never actually used as a fort, it was occasionally used for; target practice by the US military, quartering troops, storage and a military radio station.  Over the years the fort had come into severe disrepair and was almost demolished. But, in 1949 the Key West city commissioners stopped the demolition and came to an agreement with Monroe County and the Key West Garden Club to maintain it.  In the mid 1970’s the grounds and fort were declared a National Historic Site and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The photos here and on their website don’t do justice and you truly must see this for yourself.  This is one of the island's last remaining free tourist attractions.

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Smoke on the Water - Free Family Fun

Apr 14, 2017 2:55:21 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Activities, Outdoor, BBQ, Fort Myers

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 Land originally a Native American Calusa settlement hundreds of years ago, became home to the original fort of Fort Myers housing soldiers in the mid-1800s.  In 2003, after a long history the past was blended with the future by restoring the building to its original magnificence, while creating a modern arts facility.  Today, the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers continuously strives to provide world-class arts programming and events to the community and is host to a broad range of events that include film, fashion, music and art.

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St. Patrick's Day - A Floridian's Twist

Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Bar, Activities, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Casual, Outdoor, Lunch

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The month of March brings some of the best weather of the year to South West Florida. While our northern friends are still shoveling snow, here in the Sunshine State we are slathering on the spf 30 and heading to the beach. In the midst of Spring Break and perfect weather falls St. Paddy’s Day, so put on some sunscreen, get your green on and watch a parade!

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