Starting from “Mile Marker 0″ at the beginning of Whitehead Street, the walk to the Southernmost Point is around five blocks. Each block on the way to one of Key West’s most popular attractions is peppered with the adorable white gingerbread houses where masses of green vegetation such as palm trees sprout from each angle. The petals of the royal Poinciana lay in puddles on the sidewalks, their rich red and orange color contrasting with the drab grey of the concrete; both the palm trees and the royal Poinciana trees drape themselves over picket fences, creating a cooling shadow for the people walking under the relentless Florida sun.
As you walk down the streets, you can hear roosters nesting in-between bushes as lizards and geckos – each of a different shade of green – scuttle up and down trees and fences. As you near the Southernmost Point, you begin to see the crystalline color of the ocean, and hear the buzz of the tourists’ excited voices as they eagerly wait in line for their turn to take a picture with the big concrete buoy that marks one of the extreme points in the United States.
At the Southernmost Point, cars and bikes whiz by as people from all around the world shuffle and stand in a line that extends down the block. Cameras click furiously as a local vender down the street shouts at and coaxes nearby walkers to buy his coconut drilled drinks and his iced $1 waters.
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So, you have arrived in paradise, Key West, FL. The only problem is the rain storm gathering just overhead. Well, not to worry, Key West has a few options for rainy day fun. So, what Key West attraction is best to do on a rainy day?
Well, Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum is a great rainy day activity for anyone visiting Key West. This is the only fully accredited museum in the Florida Keys. The exhibits here showcase many finds from across the Florida Keys. With everything from world famous gold & emerald treasure, to cannon balls used by real pirate ships, everyone is sure to find something of interest. You also get the chance to pick up a real gold bar! Located at 200 GREENE ST.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum
If pirates and treasure are just not your thing, the next suggestion would be, The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. This fully enclose observatory features some 50 to 60 different species from around the world, as well as varieties of colorful birds, all under a climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat. Take your camera, the wildlife inside is very friendly, creating some not to be missed photo opportunities. Located at 1316 Duval Street, this is a great place to hangout after a stroll down the main strip.
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory