6 Must-See Sights in the Florida KeysThe Florida Keys are popular destination for travelers in the state, and there’s good reason. This string of coral islands off the Florida coast offers fun and excitement for every age and every taste.  You can never be bored in the Florida Keys, with fishing charters, dolphin watch tours, snorkeling historic buildings, great restaurants, shopping and a variety of tourist attractions. Here are just a few of the must-see stops for visitors to the famous Florida Keys:

1. John Pennecamp State Park – Key Largo

John Pennecamp Coral Reef State Park, located at one of the first of the Florida Keys, is the nation’s first underwater park. It protects the coral reef that runs 3 to 8 miles off the Florida coast. The park offers glass-bottom boat tours, diving tours, hiking trails, beach, boat rentals, fishing, camping, aquarium and concessions.  Pennecamp’s reef snorkeling tours are among the most enjoyable in the Keys for visitors of all ages. See more information at: pennekamppark.com/snorkeling-tours

2. Theater of the Sea – Islamorada

The Theater of the Sea is one of the oldest marine mammal parks in the state of Florida. This historic attraction has been in operation since 1946 and offers dolphin, sea lion and parrot shows, interactive swims with wildlife, snorkeling tours and educational programs on marine life conservation. theaterofthesea.com

3. Bahia Honda State Park – Bahia Honda Key

For a variety of fun activities, Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key offers a range of choices. With camping, lodging, bicycling, kayaking, fishing, swimming, concessions and snorkeling tours at Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary, Bahia Honda offers the perfect spot for beachcombing and water-based fun. bahiahondapark.com/our-activities.html

4. Hemingway’s House – Key West

Many visitors to Key West enjoy walking in the footsteps of the great author, Ernest Hemingway, at his home in Florida. Trained guides provide the background stories of Hemingway’s life and work at the house and are happy to answer questions. Stroll through the lush gardens where the author got his inspiration. You can even see the descendents of one of the six-toed cats that Hemingway so loved. hemingwayhome.com

5. Sloppy Joe’s Bar – Key West

Sloppy Joe’s, on the city’s famous Duval Street, has been a feature of the city since 1933 when it opened as a saloon after Prohibition was repealed. Once a hangout for Hemingway and his friends, the bar continued in operation under a number of owners and name-changes, finally settling on Sloppy Joe’s. The bar is now a Key West tradition, featuring light food, alcoholic beverages, good music and tee shirts that feature its famous name. sloppyjoes.com

6. Mallory Square – Key West

Mallory Square is the wharf side pier where visitors and residents alike gather to enjoy the spectacular sunsets the area enjoys and to watch the entertainments provided by local characters. See artists’ displays, vendors of all kinds, have your fortune told, listen to musicians and watch the famous performing animals. Mallory Square is the place to be at sunset for anyone visiting the Florida Keys. sunsetcelebration.org

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