Updated: Jun 9, 2020
So you’re planning a trip to Miami, Florida. You’re probably going to visit the famous Florida Keys, am I right? From Key Largo to Key West, there are so many cool places to visit along the Keys! How do you know what to stop for?
No worries — I’ve got you covered. Here’s my guide to the most fascinating sights of the Florida Keys: 7 unique features guaranteed to make your trip unforgettable!
Dolphin Research Center
Remember Flipper, the bottlenose dolphin with her own television show? She was trained in the Florida Keys! Before she became a TV superstar in the 60s, researchers taught her to perform tricks on command. Over fifty years later and there’s still plenty of dolphin shows to catch!
Ernest Hemingway’s Home
Anyone who’s ever read The Old Man and the Sea can tell that Hemingway’s writing was inspired by the warm waters of the Atlantic at Key West. Hemingway kept a ton of cats… and the descendents of his pets still roam the property to this day! Cat lovers, rejoice!
Not every town has its own 40-foot long lobster statue! Big Betsy, molded and painted with intricate detail, celebrates the importance of marine life in Rain Barrel Village. She also makes a quirky photo opportunity!
The Little White House
Harry S. Truman, president of the United States from 1945 to 1953, was told by his doctor to spend time in a warm climate for his health. (Don’t we all wish our doctors said the same thing?) While he lived in his tropical vacation home, his correspondence was literally postmarked from “The White House, Key West, Florida.”
Seven Mile Bridge
The best selling point of the Florida Keys is the ocean… and you’ll get to see plenty of it as you drive across Seven Mile Bridge. Connecting the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys, this bridge is a serene drive surrounded by gentle waves.
Key West Lighthouse
Built in 1825, this lighthouse no longer works, but it has been restored to its original look. Visitors can climb to the top of the perfectly preserved tower to look out at the same view of the Florida Keys that the keepers would have seen nearly two hundred years ago. The light itself was powered by gas, like a giant antique lantern!
Fred the Tree
It might be surprising that one of the most beloved monuments in the Florida Keys is… a tree. What makes Fred unique? Instead of growing out of the earth, this tree managed to grow from concrete… in the middle of Seven Mile Bridge! Inspirational, right? Fred’s endurance in the face of Hurricane Irma has raised him to celebrity status among locals.
You might be thinking... “How do I make sure I visit these sites during my trip?” Well, it’s easy! Check out this great self-guided driving tour of the Florida Keys - for Apple and Android. It’s a GPS-triggered narrated tour, so it acts just like a personal tour guide sitting in your passenger seat. The tour covers these 7 highlights plus lots more. It also has great beach recs which I haven’t covered here!
The self-guided tour works whether you’re staying in Miami or on the Keys. The tour officially starts from Key Largo and takes you all the way down to Key West, the southernmost point in the United States– all in less than two hours! But you can start/stop it at any point along the route and make your own tour out of it.
This Florida Keys self-guided tour is a great, inexpensive option that offers maximum flexibility… and fun stories along the drive! Have a great visit to the Keys and be sure to check out these 7 key sites while you’re down there!
Check out this great self-guided driving tour of the Florida Keys
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