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Key West Historic DistrictKey West

Museums and tropical gardens complement the fascinating homes and monuments that include the residence and writing desk of Ernest Hemingway. 

Visit Key West Historic District for a fascinating insight into the growth and change of the Florida Keys archipelago over the centuries. It has thousands of historic structures to add to its array of attractions and businesses. Wander through the streets and imagine the city as it was in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Stop at The Oldest House Museum and Garden and chat with the docents for a comprehensive overview of an estate dating back to 1829. As you stroll through the scenic gardens, spot the only preserved cookhouse in Florida.

One street down is the Hemingway House, where its namesake writer lived from 1931 to 1939. See his wooden writing desk and stroll through the pleasant gardens.

Other historic homes to visit include the 19th-century Donkey Milk House and the Curry Mansion Museum. Find peace amid the exotic vegetation of the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens and see the elegant period décor inside the house.

For a glimpse into the maritime heritage of the archipelago, visit the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum. It opened in 1848 and had a female keeper, which was exceptional at the time. Climb the 88 iron steps to its peak and enjoy views of the island. Find out more about this time period at the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, which tells the story of perilous seafaring journeys through actors and films.

Watch art-house films in the Tropic Cinema, where lectures and concerts are also held.

In the heart of the historic district is the Key West Cemetery. Reserve a place on a guided tour of the cemetery to learn about some of the notable people buried here.

The district occupies the central part of Key West, which is at the western end of the Florida Keys archipelago. The historic district is located between the New Town district and the Bahama Village. Get around the narrow lanes of this zone on foot.

The Key West Historic District provides an intriguing look at the development of the Florida Keys.


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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $494 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,586 reviews)

"The cafe was excellent and the location with beach was nice."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

Southernmost Beach Resort
Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
4 out of 5
430 Duval St, Key West, FL
The price is $389 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Key West Historic District, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Duval Street, Harry S. Truman Little White House, and Mel Fisher Maritime ...

4/5Very Good! (1,153 reviews)

"Very conveniently located. Very clean. Great rooftop pool area."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2021

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Pier House Resort & Spa
Pier House Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Duval St, Key West, FL
The price is $472 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Ripley's Believe It or Not, Key West Shipwreck Museum, and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (987 reviews)

"I loved the pool, Bar and private beach. Room was very comfortable. However staff wouldn’t let us check out 30-45 min later after paying 500 for a one night stay but overall good experience"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2021

Pier House Resort & Spa
The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
2.5 out of 5
525 United Street, Key West, FL
The price is $245 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is steps from Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory and Duval Street. South Beach and Southernmost Point ...

4.1/5Very Good! (968 reviews)

"It is a nice, quaint property close to the ocean and everything else you could/would want to do in Key West. I will book at this facility again!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2021

The Southernmost Inn-Adults Only
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
4 out of 5
200 William Street, Key West, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $422 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mallory Square and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Southernmost Point is 1.3 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (983 reviews)

"Good location . Unruly guests that came in at 5am."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
The Palms Hotel
The Palms Hotel
3 out of 5
820 White St, Key West, FL
The price is $221 per night from Mar 28 to Mar 29

Located in Key West Historic District, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Higgs Beach and South ...

4/5Very Good! (579 reviews)

"Clean, quaint b&b type hotel. If you are looking for luxury, go stay at The Reach. If you're looking for a nice clean room in a quiet neighborhood"…"

Reviewed on Feb 19, 2021

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