Orient Yourself

Key West has lots to see packed into its small borders, so Key West tours are the best way to Groupon: Get the Best Deal in New York Today!make sure you see everything. You could spend an entire day just looking at famous historical homes and buildings, or another day just exploring the waterfront and points of interest like the Southernmost Point. A good way to orient yourself with Key West and get a preview of all there is to see and do, is to take one of many Key West tours of the city. There are lots of different types of tours, ranging from the touristy Conch Train tour to walking tours of tropical gardens in private homes. Here’s a quick rundown of the types of tours visitors can choose from in Key West.

Train Tours

Old Town Trolley Tours

There aren’t really any trains in Key West, but there are two companies that run train-style tours around the island and they are great for getting to know the major points of interest. One of them is Old Town Trolley Tours. These vehicles look like trolleys and you can’t miss them because they run all the time all over Old Town. Get a ticket and get on or off the trolley any time you wish at nine different stops around Key West. If you just stay on the trolley for the narrated Key West tours, it lasts a little over an hour and a half. The trolleys run during business hours, and you have all day to use your ticket. That means you can split up the tour and leave time for lunch in between, or shopping or a museum, a dip in the ocean or whatever you like. The narrative covers history of Key West, as well as legends about pirates and more. The points of interest include Key West real estate, (i.e. Key West architecture!), historic spots such as the Key West Lighthouse, and the Key West Historic Seaport.

The other train tour is the Conch Tour Train. As Key West tours go, this one is very popular. This is the one that really looks like a train and carries more passengers than the Old Town Trolley Tour. This tour also takes passengers all around Key West and shows them the major points of interest, only there’s no getting on and off. You sign up for the tour and then you’re done. The train tour has more of an emphasis on the history of Key West, from the wrecking days through the building of Henry Flagler’s famous railroad out to Key West and then World War II. The train theme is built around the history of Flagler’s railroad. History buffs will definitely prefer this tour to the trolley tour, since the guides on the Conch Tour Train are expertly trained in the history of Key West.

Key West Walking Tours

Key West is a walking town, so one of the best ways to see the city is to take a walking tour. As Key West tours go, a walking tour is the best way to see things at a slower pace. probably the most famous of the Key West tours will be the Ghost Tours of Key West. Drawing upon Key West’s pirate-filled history and that it’s the second-oldest city in Florida, Ghost tours are all the rage in Key West these days. The walk is slow-paced so it’s easy for all levels, and it lasts for about an hour and a half. The tourguide leads you around (at night, of course), by light of a lantern, dressed in 1800s style clothing. You learn about haunted locations in Key West, and hear stories of supposedly true encounters with some of Key West’s lingering souls formerly living on earth as smugglers, pirates, and other shady characters. Key West is full of eccentricities, and no tale is too outlandish for this town. Even the Hard Rock Cafe Key West is said to be haunted! This is one of the most popular Key West tours.

There is also a walking tour of the Key West Cemetery. The cemetery is beautiful and full of tombstones with quirky epitaphs such as “I told you I was sick”. The cemetery was put at its present elevated location in 1847, after a hurricane unearthed graves at the original location, near the Southernmost Point. The graves are above ground, and the tombstones are beautiful and fascinating. The history of Key West comes alive to visitors as they pass by the gravesites of some of the most influential, notorious, and interesting characters in the small city’s past.

Bicycle Tours

At the Moped Hospital in Key West you can pick up a Tropical Bicycle Tour of Key West. This Key West tour is a two-hour cruise through Key West and the bike is included in the price. It offers an off-the-beaten-path view of Key West’s back streets and gardens. Unlike some of the other Key West tours, they try to give a local’s perspective and show visitors another side of Key West, away from hustle and bustle of Duval Street and other popular tourist areas.