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Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Snorkeling

1. Miami: Day Trip to Key West with Optional Snorkeling

Start your day on an air-conditioned bus from Miami Beach to Key West with a 4-hour drive. Watch as your tour guide points out the famous 31 Caribbean Islands along the drive known as the Florida Keys. Cross 43 bridges as you travel through the Keys to Key West. See the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while driving by the coastline. Key West is the most southern point of the USA and only 90 miles from Cuba. Once you arrive in Key West, get 6 hours to explore the island at a leisurely pace. You can enjoy water activities, go on a hop-on trolly, stroll the artistic streets, or sit at outdoor cafes. Key West is the home of Ernest Hemingway, and you can visit his former residence. Nearby the cruise port, you can visit Mallory square for shopping. You may also choose to add one of the most popular adventure activities such as hop on hop off tour or the Conch Tour Train, Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreck Museum, Sails to Rails Museum, or the Truman Little White House. Make your way back from Key West to Miami Beach at 5:00 PM.

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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

2. Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

Since the first Spanish galleons began to traverse the Florida Straits in the 16th century, ships have wrecked along the treacherous reefs of Key West and the Florida Keys. Now, you can learn all about the area’s maritime past with a trip to the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Wrecking and salvaging – the recovery of wrecked ships and their cargo – was the foundation of Key West’s economy during the 1800s. The economic boom it created meant that by the mid-1850s, Key West had become the richest city per capita in all of the United States of America. Learn the history of the region’s shipwrecking past at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, with two floors of genuine recovered artifacts. See pieces of wrecked Spanish fleets dating back to the 1600s and 1700s, as well as pieces from the Isaac Allerton, wrecked way back in 1856. Guests can even lift a silver bar, which was salvaged from the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas. The museum itself is a recreation of the 19th century wrecker tycoon Asa Tift’s warehouse, and includes a 65-foot look-out tower. At the Historeum, you can also expect storytellers in period costumes and an array of audio visual displays that brings the history of Key West to life.

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Key West: Sails to Rails Museum Admission

3. Key West: Sails to Rails Museum Admission

Located in the historic Key West Bight, discover this state-of-the-art museum with hands-on exhibits, raw footage, unique artifacts, and the only scale model of Fort Jefferson at Dry Tortugas National Park. As you travel through this interactive timeline of Key West history, uncover the history of sponging, turtling, fishing, cigar making, and tourism that put Key West on the map. Touch a genuine silver bar from the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha that sank full of gold, silver, and emeralds during a hurricane off of Key West in 1522. Get to know Henry Flagler, John D. Rockefeller’s partner in Standard Oil, in the original paymaster’s railway car from the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway. Inside the Maggie Atwell House, see the only remaining wooden structure built by the FEC, learn about the backbreaking work of building the railroad over the open ocean and the mosquito infested mangrove swamps of the Florida Keys. For the younger set, the museum offers an area full of hands-on activities, picture-taking opportunities, and the National Park Services Junior Ranger Program.

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What people are saying about Florida Keys

Everything went as advertised. The bus appeared on time. That the driver has earned a few extra dollars, like a small obelus to get the best seats, is part of it. The four hour outward journey was very entertaining as our driver knew and told a lot about the things we could see outside. We had six hours on site to explore Key West, which is more than enough. It is also not necessary to book the activities in the bus with the driver (which the driver certainly does not do without financial self-interest) because you can book these activities yourself without any problems on site, even if the driver keeps pointing out that due to the holidays or similar, these would often no longer be bookable on site. Conclusion: All in all, a nice excursion that was worth its price.

VERY BEAUTIFUL MUSE AND VERY BEAUTIFUL HIGHLIGHTING OF MATERIALS AND THEIR USE IN THE PAST AND OF LIFE IN KEY WEST IN ITS TIME. MAGNIFICENT IMPLEMENTATION.