Things to Do in Key West

Key West is paradise. Beyond its beaches there are so many things to do including dining at exceptional restaurants, many serving seafood and key lime pie. The conch tour train is one of the best ways to see top attractions: the lighthouse, Ernest Hemingway’s museum, the Museum of Art and History, Audubon House and Gardens, Sloppy Joe’s, Mel Fisher’s Maritime Museum and Truman’s Little White House. Get out on or in the water – fish, dive and snorkel. Sail to nearby Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. For shopping walk down Duval St. End the day at Mallory Square and celebrate the sunset. Then slowly make your way back to your hotel or B&B.
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Hemingway Home and Museum

907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida
Historic Site
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The Spanish colonial villa is open to the public as a museum honoring the island's most famous literary resident, Ernest Hemingway. Winner of both the Nobel and Pulitzer prizes, the author lived on the property with his second wife Pauline and their two children from 1931 to 1940. He owned the home until his death in 1961.

Hemingway wrote many of his best-known works in the second-story writing studio adjoining the house. Among them were "Death in the Afternoon," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "The Green Hills of Africa," "The Fifth Column," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "To Have and Have Not," which is set in Depression-era Key West. Following his death, the unpublished manuscript that was to become "Islands in the Stream" was found in a vault in the property's garage.

Today, the home's furnishings and atmosphere evoke the Hemingway era, as if the author were about to return from a fishing trip or a cocktail at his favorite watering hole. Behind the house is the first swimming pool in Key West.

Guided tours of the Hemingway Home enable gets to learn about the man, his love of sportfishing, his family and friends. Visitors also can view the author's writing studio and enjoy the walled grounds. Many spend time making friends with the multitude of six-toed cats that roam the grounds - descendants, so the story goes, from a feline given to Hemingway by a sea captain.
Hours & Admission
Daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission.
From U.S. Highway 1 (Overseas Highway), once on Key West, take a right on N. Roosevelt, which becomes Truman Ave. At Whitehead St., turn right. The facility is on the right. Across the street is the Key West Lighthouse.
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