Florida Keys

Orchid lovers will enjoy the gardens, which burst with bromeliads and tropic vegetation.

Key West Audubon House: Fascinating characters, enchanting spot

One of the prettiest places is Key West is the Audubon House, also known as the Geiger House, and its gardens. Like the best spots in Key West, the Audubon House is full of fascinating stories with larger than life characters. It also features a great collection of Audubon’s work in Florida.

Skippers Dockside in Key Largo includes a view of a wide canal with boats, pelicans and, the historic African Queen steaming past.

Tiki bars you’ll love in the Florida Keys

If you want to savor the flavor of the Florida Keys, spend a little time at a tiki bar. Our favorites profiled here are unpretentious waterfront spots where you’ll get good fresh fish, fried everything and a big serving of Keys atmosphere.

Hogfish Grill: Where Key West locals go for fresh fish

Hogfish Grill: Where Key West locals go for fresh fish

Everyone wants to discover that funky inexpensive spot where locals go. In Key West, that would be Hogfish Bar & Grill on Stock Island, which wins raves for fresh off-the-boat seafood.

Key West party! Lobsterfest celebrates the season

Key West doesn’t need much of an excuse to celebrate, so migrate to the Conch Republic this weekend for the annual Lobsterfest celebration.

Fort Jefferson and Bush Island (Photo by Ron Yeany)

Getting way away: Dry Tortugas National Park

This isolated cluster of islands 70 miles west of Key West is accessible only by boat or seaplane. But treasures await you, especially if you camp over for a few nights. Yes, you can camp here! Snorkeling and kayaking, too!

Vivid colors abound at Key West butterfly conservatory.

Key West Butterfly Conservatory: Zen-like Key West attraction

The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is the most peaceful place in crazy, clamorous Key West. When you’re ready for a Zen moment, go here. But read these tips first.

Bubblebutt, first and longest permanent resident of the Turtle Hospital.

Sea Turtle Hospital: Up close with an endangered species

The sea turtle, one of the rarer residents of the Florida Keys, isn’t easy to see in the wild. But you can get within arm’s reach of several varieties that frequent the Florida Keys and even toss them some food at the non-profit Turtle Hospital in Marathon.

Celebrate 100-year birthday of Keys railroad

Celebrate 100-year birthday of Keys railroad

The Florida Keys railroad built by Henry Flagler is a Florida icon. In January, celebrate the 100th anniversary of its first train in these historic, beautiful spots. Or, participate in a special event, including a 115-mile kayak trip from Key Largo to Key West.