With all the activity of New Year’s Eve, what with midnight shoe drops and conch drops, you’d might think that New Year’s Day in Key West was an afterthought. Actually, quite the contrary – most businesses keep normal hours into the new year.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park keeps its normal hours on New Year’s Day with the park opening up at 8 am. Knock about the historic Civil War-era fort, hike some trails, spot iguanas and snorkel to mark the beginning of a new year.
Perhaps a walking tour that involves food will suit your mood. Key West Food Tours has a handful of walking culinary tours planned for New Year’s Day, from cocktail crawls to those tailored to seafood lovers. Get a forkful of Key West culture and history by signing up while there are still open slots!
If you’re looking for a more symbolic start to the new year, the crew at Blue Moon Kayak invites visitors to plunge into 2020 with a dip in the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanse yourself of the regrets and should-haves of last year and start again with a fresh slate. The Polar Paddle Plunge is set for 9am to 11am on New Year’s Day at Sunset Marina, 5555 College Rd. See details and reserve your spot on eventbrite.
Learn more about everything Key West has to offer by visiting The Gates Key West blog, which highlights the island’s greatest assets. The Gates Hotel Key West is a Conde Nast award-winning hotel set in New Town that offers hourly shuttle service to and from Old Town. At The Gates, guests can take a dip in our gorgeous pool or order a cocktail made with locally-distilled rum from the outdoor bar. Take a look at our specials.