When I visit Key West, I always wish I could peek inside the beautifully restored private homes in the picturesque historic district. And now I can, on annual house tours organized by the non-profit organization that has spearheaded the historic preservation movement in Key West for more than 50 years ago.
The tours are conducted by the Old Island Restoration Foundation and funded in part by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council.
Each tour features homes and gardens reflecting the varied tastes and originality of their owners. Some showcase homes have been scrupulously restored. Other have been ingeneously renovated. Many have art collections and antiques.
Dates for this 2018-19 Home Tour season are:
- December 27 and 28, 2018
- January 18 and 19, 2019
- February 15 and 16, 2019
- March 15 and 16, 2019
General admission tickets for all tours are $30 per person and $35 during the days of each tour. The 2017-18 tours ended on March 17, and tickets are not yet on sale for the 2018-2019 season.
Homes may be seen in any order and viewings may be split over two days; you can take your time and explore.
Resources for planning a Florida Keys vacation:
- Mile marker guide with dozens of stops to help make the most of your drive south.
- Florida Keys wildlife: Places to see animals
- Tiki bars: Soak up the Keys atmosphere
- 12 great kayak outings in the Keys
- Top 10 pit stops on Overseas Highway
- Free beaches in the Florida Keys
Special places to explore in Key West:
- Free things to do in Key West
- Key West on budget: Accommodations, restaurants
- Florida Rambler guide to the Lower Keys
- Eight Key West restaurants for authentic local flavor
- Key West Butterfly Conservatory: A tranquil stop
- Audubon House, a lovely refuge in Key West
- Historic Key West Seaport
- Historic Key West Cemetery is full of stories
- Fort Zachary Taylor
- Hogfish Grill: Where Key West locals go for fresh fish
- Key West chickens