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Key West's Free (mostly) Songwriters Festival

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

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 The Key West Songwriters festival is the world’s LARGEST event of its kind. The five day music mania begins in early to mid May, with 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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Smoke on the Water - Free Family Fun

Apr 14, 2017 2:55:21 PM / by Key West Express 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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Let Your Pride Show in Key West

Apr 7, 2017 4:13:53 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Old-Town, Outdoor, Night Life

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Summers in Key West get really HOT!!

3 of the best parties for those looking to spice things up!

Sail down to Key West and celebrate your PRIDE for 5 fantastic days and nights.  Bask in Key West's famous laid back style and flair.  Party with friends, family or make new acquaintances and discover Key West's unique philosophy of One Human Family!  

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Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives - Does Key West

Apr 5, 2017 4:02:10 PM / by Key West Express posted in Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Bar & Grill, American Cuisine, Seafood

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Roadside diners, vintage drive-ins and out-of-the-way "dives" are enjoying a come-back of hipness. Host Guy Fieri travels the country in search of the best greasy spoons. The restaurants he visits are well-known among locals and visitors looking for authentic area food joints and mom and pop kitchen’s. While at the locations, Guy interacts with customers and staff as well as the chef’s. The first episode aired on April 23, 2007 and the show has grown continuously in popularity.

Who doesn’t love a diner, drive in or dive. Steeped in tradition, aged with consistency and slathered in warm nostalgic sentiment these are a binding ingredient in communities across the nation.

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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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Fort Myers Largest Festival of the Year!

Feb 2, 2017 1:33:17 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Insider, Museums, Attractions, Activities, Casual, Outdoor

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What does Thomas Edison, mid-February and a 2 week party all have in common? The Edison Festival of Light, of course. Each February the City of Ft Myers recognizes its most famous winter resident, Thomas Alva Edison. He built a sprawling home and laboratory along McGregor Boulevard in 1885. Over the years he also encouraged a number of his friends to make the move south. Henry Ford was his most famous friend who shared the property on McGregor Boulevard known as the Edison Ford Estate.

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4 Fantastic Things to do in Key West for New Years Eve

Dec 28, 2016 3:34:55 PM / by Scott Schofield posted in Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Outdoor

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The party atmosphere is always present in Key West, the ultimate place to ring in the new year.  Key
 West is one of the few cities that is ALWAYS featured on the live national news feeds. There are certainly many reasons for its allure and popularity.  First off it’s WARM!!! Imagine welcoming in the new year wearing shorts and flip-flops….  You can’t get any better than that!

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Fort Zachary Taylor - Part of Key West's Civil War History

Dec 5, 2016 10:09:48 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Outdoor, Tours, BBQ

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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.

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Island Wedding Destination...Key West

Oct 10, 2016 10:14:32 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Luxury, Activities, Waterfront, Casual, Formal, Outdoor, Tours, Resort, Fishing, Upscale Casual

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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.  

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Annual American Sandsculpting Championship

Oct 3, 2016 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Attractions, Activities, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Outdoor

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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.

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