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Plan a Quick Getaway to Key West this Thanksgiving

Plan a Quick Getaway to Key West this Thanksgiving

October 29th, 2019 | Key West Events & Festivals

It’s not too late to plan a last-minute trip out of town for the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

Unlike many of the towns and cities in the United States, most establishments and parks in Key West stay open for the holiday. Restaurants offer traditional turkey dinners, or you can opt for something less traditional. A great reference to see what’s open is, which lets visitors filter searches exactly to their needs and reserve tables ahead of time.

Aside from restaurants, you can use Thanksgiving day to your advantage to do some sightseeing. Fort Zachary Taylor State Park will be open with normal hours Nov. 28. Ferry service to Dry Tortugas will operate as normal. The Hemingway House and Key West Lighthouse will also be open for business!

The Key West Historic Seaport will kick off the holiday season with its annual Lighting of the Harborwalk, set this year for the evening before Thanksgiving The display includes over 61,000 lights, including clever, nautical-themed Christmas trees. Locals and visitors are invited to gather on the Harborwalk at Greene and Elizabeth streets to watch the official lighting on Nov. 27 at 6pm. If you can’t make it for the special event, the display will light up every evening for the remainder of the year.

Florida residents can enjoy special rates by booking with the Florida Resident Escape, which can save guests up to 20 percent off at The Gates Hotel.

The Gates Hotel Key West is a Condè Nast Award-winning hotel that has smart, curated amenities you can’t find elsewhere. Enjoy a stogie at our cigar lounge by picking up a fresh Rodriguez cigar from the humidor in our lobby. You can complement the experience with a cocktail made from locally-distilled rum, served at our poolside bar, Rum Row. If you get hungry, a food truck is just steps away, permanently parked on the premises. And, if you’re ready to head out to Old Town, you don’t have to work about transportation – we have it covered, with hourly shuttle service for our guests.

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