All About Key West

5 Outdoor Activities to Do in Key West. 

Gray Line Miami offers safe, easy ways to enjoy a day trip to Key West. 

Situated at the southernmost point of the continental United States, Key West goes to the beat of its own steel drum. Closer to Cuba than Miami, the Conch Republic greets visitors looking to let loose with sherbet sunsets; lively open-air bars and restaurants; and crystal-clear water for swimming and more. Add to that quirky history, colorful architecture, and free-spirited residents, and it’s only a matter of time before you feel part of the island’s “One Human Family.”

When you take the Key West Day Trip from Miami, there’s plenty of ways to maximize a day in paradise, all while leaving your passport at home. You’ll feel like you’re on a Caribbean vacation without leaving the United States.

Here are 5 ways to maximize your day in Key West

 Go Snorkeling 

Some of the best times to go snorkeling in Key West are between December and May. Beat the winter cold in the bath-temperatures of the Gulf of Mexico, where colorful fish scurry about coral and soft sands. Fort Zachary Taylor is a popular and beautiful spot to go, especially because you don’t need a boat. Slip on your flippers and mask and jump right in with your own equipment, or Gray Line Miami can connect you with vetted local tour operators for a guided excursion.

Take a Catamaran Cruise

Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on a guided catamaran cruise during the afternoon. In the winter, you’ll start to see the sky fade from blue to faint purples and reds as the sunset approaches. On our day trip to Key West, you’ll have enough time to go out for a sail and be back in time to get in your provided transportation back to Miami. The Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico converge here, making for sparkling, clear water. 

Ride the Old Town Trolley

Pack in more sightseeing from the comfort of the hop-on, hop-off Old Town Trolley with audio narration. You’ll have the day to get on and off at the stops you want to see in areas like Mallory Square and Duval Street. Find more time to enjoy famous attractions such as the Ernest Hemingway House Museum, the Harry S. Truman Little White House, Key West Lighthouse & Museum, Key West First Legal Rum Distillery, Smathers Beach, the Key West Aquarium, and the Southernmost House Mansion and Museum, among many other attractions. You can combine our Key West Day Trip with a ticket to the Old Town Trolley for extra convenience. 

Catch a Sunset at Mallory Square

Whether you’re afirst-timer or repeat visitor, it’s always a fun way to catch a gorgeous sunset.

Music and laughter fill the air as people enjoy the final moments of daylight and get ready for

the nightlife! Conch fritters and Key Lime Pie are a must, with several Tripadvisor top-rated

restaurants and food stands all within steps of one another.

Buy Kino Sandals

Ask any local and they will tell you this is the best island shoe out there. You can find them in a number of shops along Duval Street. If you’re feeling generous, it’s a great gift to give friends and family back home. (Local tip: The Lilly is the most popular style for most people.)