Off the Beaten Path in Key West
Key West has a quiet side that’s sometimes hard to hear over all the activity of parades and parties. You don’t have to fill every day of your trip with high-energy activities; sometimes you need to plan time to unwind.
Here are activities off the beaten path that avoid crowds and lines. Rent a kayak to spend a peaceful day among the mangroves or see different species of butterflies as you walk through tropical gardens. Don’t forget to check out our bike rental options to make for smooth transit to wherever you want to go. Go ahead -- make some time to take it easy.
Voted the #1 Key West attraction on Trip Advisor, this is the perfect place to relax. Watch 50-60 different butterfly species fly around you in the beautifully landscaped conservatory. Learn about the migratory world of monarch butterflies in the monarch butterfly exhibit. Also, check out their excellent gift shop. Open 9-5 daily. $12 general admission. 1316 Duval Street
Don’t limit yourself to the island! Paddleboarding, kayak and eco tours are available on all sides. Check out your options with Lazy Dog Adventures and get those arms working while enjoying the view. Likewise, Key West Eco Tours offer guided tours that will still have you burning off the rum runners from the night before and taking in the different ecosystems of the island, with mangroves and clear water. 5114 Overseas Highway
If you’re around Higgs Beach, check out this native tree and bird park. A wildlife rescue center is also located in the park, caring for injured wildlife. Enjoy picnic area and six bocce courts to unwind. Closeby to The Gates with quick access through our Martone bike rentals. 1801 White Street
This natural, tropical garden isn’t manicured and houses man endangered and threatened flora and fauna. The tropical forest also has the last two fresh ponds that exist on Key West. Check out the trails and exquisite plants on the grounds. Open 10-4 daily, $7 entry. 5210 College Road
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