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Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden Presents … Scarecrows!

Visitors to the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden might spot scarecrows peering out from among the 15-acre habitat’s plants and trees during a lighthearted exhibit of recycled art creations. The “Scarecrows in the Forest” exhibition features figures crafted from natural and recycled materials by local artists, students and other community members.

By |2021-10-13T18:31:02-04:00October 13, 2021|

New Book Celebrates ‘Buffett Backstories’ and Key West Connection

Many of Jimmy Buffett’s classic songs, inspired by his years in Key West, invite fans to share his love for the island’s offbeat characters, laid-back lifestyle and cheerfully outlaw vibe. Now, 50 years after Jimmy first discovered Key West, Scott Atwell has unveiled a fascinating book titled “Buffett Backstories: Fifty Years, Fifty Songs.”

By |2021-10-06T13:00:23-04:00October 6, 2021|

Delightfully Spooky Experiences Abound in Key West

Key West is known as one of the most haunted cities in the United States. Visitors can experience several year-round ghost tours that are delightfully unnerving, including an award-winning trolley tour with a “ghost host” and the exploration of a haunted Civil War–era fort where they encounter the eerie Robert the Doll.

By |2021-10-06T16:09:33-04:00October 6, 2021|

Three Florida Keys Adventures For Your Fall Bucket List

Who says the fall season has to be dull and gloomy? Instead, plan an adrenaline-packed vacation in the sunny Florida Keys, and enjoy balmy temps and delightful ocean breezes while indulging in “bucket-list” adventures — like exploring the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, sportfishing or even skydiving above the island chain.

By |2021-09-22T14:31:39-04:00September 22, 2021|

The Keys on the ‘Silver Screen’

The Florida Keys have long been a popular choice for film producers seeking a subtropical adventure setting for their next cinematic project. Since the late 1940s, the island chain has played a role in many notable films — ranging from Bogart's "Key Largo" to James Bond classics and contemporary fare like "The Beach Bum."

By |2021-09-15T15:48:11-04:00September 15, 2021|

Rediscovering Key West’s LGBTQ Emporiums

Whether shopping for offbeat gifts or fine art, the emporiums of Key West provide a warm welcome for some well-deserved retail therapy. Emporiums range from the pioneering Key West Aloe, Graffitti and In Touch to the Gingerbread Square Gallery, opened in the early 1970s by Richard Heyman, the nation’s first openly gay mayor.

By |2021-09-29T17:05:18-04:00September 8, 2021|

Jeanne Selander: Steward of the Florida Keys Sheriff’s Animal Farm

For 15 years Jeanne Selander has overseen the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal Farm on Stock Island — believed to be the only facility of its kind on jailhouse property in the United States — and the care of 150 exotic creatures. Her “charges” include an ostrich, lemurs, kinkajous, bearded dragons and 17-year-old Mo the Sloth.

By |2021-09-07T11:54:25-04:00September 1, 2021|

Key West Viewpoint: Four Favorite Places

Key West’s intriguing character becomes more apparent with each new exploration. Taking the time to experience the island is like savoring a plate of Cuban food, recognizing and appreciating each individual flavor. And identifying newfound favorite spots leads to even deeper enjoyment — whether staying for a few days, a season or a lifetime.

By |2021-08-18T18:40:28-04:00August 18, 2021|

Betsy and the Naked Chefs

The largest lobster in the Florida Keys is “Betsy,” a sculpture measuring 30 feet tall and 40 feet long. Of course, lobsters in local waters are far smaller (and far tastier!) than Betsy. The Keys' lobster season runs from Aug. 6 through March 31, offering plenty of time to savor the seafood sensation.

By |2021-08-11T15:25:14-04:00August 11, 2021|

Hemingway’s Legacy: Papas and Prose in Key West

The bearded brotherhood of Hemingway Look-Alike Contest winners gained a new member July 25 in Key West, home of legendary author Ernest Hemingway for most of the 1930s. Zach Taylor, a 63-year-old white-bearded Georgia man, triumphed over 136 other entrants to win the contest that highlights the island city’s annual Hemingway Days celebration.

By |2021-07-28T12:04:50-04:00July 28, 2021|
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