Posted June 20th, 2010, 10:29 AM
Looking at the options for things to do in Key West it appears that the trolley/museum/attraction fees can add up quickly. Any advice on the free or really inexpensive things there are to do there?
If you like history or six toed cats, check out the Truman House and Hemingway HouseThese do look interesting but again, the costs add up - it's $12 for Hemingway and $15 for Truman. For four people thats $48+$60=$108. We could afford that, I suppose, but then what to do the rest of the day... much more than $100 is overdoing it for us. So still looking for other cool, free things to do. Thanks.
I wanted to go there too but recently read people saying it's not worth it.
The Eco-Discovery Center is free and I have been there. It is very interesting and has a lovely movie about the waters and marine life of the Keys. It also has interesting and well done displays of near shore scenes and underwater scenes. It also has a simulator of a deep sea diving vessel. There is also a nice book shop with books about the Keys history and wildlife and plant life. It is closed on Mondays, however.
While in that area, for the price of one car's admiitance, you can go to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Touring the Civil War era fort is free. The park has a peaceful beach and many pine trees and native trees in a shady setting with picnic tables and BBQ facilities. It also has a snack bar. The view from the park is amazing. Many types of boats go by. THis is my favorite spot in Key West to watch the sunset. One admittance is good for the entire day.
You can walk along the Historic Schooner Wharf area and see the atll ships docke dthere. It is a scenic walk and free. Good photo ops there. There are pretty good restaurants there too.
Go to the famous Southernmost Point marker. Take pictures there. It is free.
Go to the Zero Mile Marker, the start of US Highway 1. This is another spot for photos.
The museum in the former Customs House building near the docks has interesting staues in the front outside, the side and the back. They all make good photo ops, but the ones in front are a couple stories high. Amazing.
Ket West is AWESOME. I've been there with Carnival several times. If you go with Carnival, they dock on a naval base and you can only get in and out on a trolley. It's a great little ride and it's free. Most of the other cruiselines dock right downtown.Does it just go to that one spot? I have read about Old Town Trolley and City Trolley (they charge)? Is it free for all Carnival guests?
The Zachary Taylor beach is great and is 2.50 per person. If you're going with Carnival, the free trolley stops there and picks up there as well.
We often just walk around the town and look in all the shops. We usually stop to get a frozen Key Lime Pie on a stick while we are walking around.
Our favourite thing to do there is parasailing, but although it's very inexpnsive compared to booking through the cruisline, it's still about 35.00 per person. It's through Fury tours, right at the end of the dock where the cruises comein (except Carnival).