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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 Gardent 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 was 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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Top 3 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Key West

Jan 24, 2017 3:56:08 PM / by Kathy Stamper posted in Luxury, Water Activities, Waterfront, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town, Formal, Lunch, Upscale Casual, Holiday

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Make your Valentine feel as special as he or she is! Make memories in Key West by starting aboard the Key West Express. Visitors are drawn to the southern charm and Caribbean influences of this laid-back island city, only 4 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. During the day or at night, the island is alive with sidewalk cafes, world-class restaurants, fishing, watersports, shopping, performing arts, musical entertainment and galleries before the island gathers each evening at Mallory Square for the world renown sunset celebration.
  •  Enjoy a romantic lunch on the seaside deck at Louie’s Backyard
  •  Sail off into the sunset aboard a cruise with Fury Water Adventures
  •  Complete your perfect Valentine’s Day at Better than Sex before retiring to one of Key West’s romantic B&B’s

Louie’s Backyard

Now this is one back yard that anyone would love to have. Enjoy mouth watering Caribbean American food as you relax on the fabulous multi-level deck above the sandy beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Whether for lunch, dinner or cocktails at sunset, to toast your Valentine, Louie’s is a culinary experience which has become a Key West tradition.

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Fort Zachary Taylor - Part of Key West's Long and Illustrious 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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Fall in Love all Over Again!  Celebrate your romance with Seashells, Sunshine & Sand.   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 that your imagination may create - Key West is the destination from frivolous to formal.   Key West boasts over 30 churches of every denomination as well as a multitude of historic landmarks,  beautiful white sandy beaches, sailing yachts and exotic gardens.  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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Key West Super Boat World Championships

Sep 26, 2016 9:27:38 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor

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November 6 - 13, 2016

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