There are endless adventures to be had on the waters of Key West, but there’s also plenty to see and do onshore. The best way to experience the sites while also staying dry is without a doubt by bicycle, the preferred mode of transportation of visitors and locals alike! Rents a bicycle from Fury Water Adventures at the Marriott Beachside Hotel.
Taking a right out of the Marriott, you’ll bike along the wide, palm tree-lined sidewalk of North Roosevelt Boulevard. Continue along the Gulf of Mexico and through the retail district of Key West before approaching the historic area commonly referred to as Old Town.
Colorful houseboats and fishing charters comprise this working waterfront at the gateway to Old Town. Dozens of fishing vessels depart daily from famed Charter Boat Row with easy access to the Gulf and Atlantic. Take note of the views as you bike up the bridge.
Key West Cemetery
Centrally located in Old Town at the highest naturally occurring point on the island is the cemetery. Gates are open 7am to 7pm in the summer and 7am to 6pm in the winter. A self-guided map highlighting historic gravestones and crypts may be picked up from the cemetery’s main office.
Historic Seaport and Harbor Walk
From dive boats and fishing charters to historic schooners and mega yachts, the Key West Bight is a hub of maritime activity and many of Fury’s trips depart from here. The seaport is surrounded by an abundance of waterfront restaurants, bars, hotels and shops.
Home to the world famous sunset celebration, Mallory Square is a must see. Depending on the time of day, you may have the entire plaza to yourself or share it with thousands of revelers holding their breath for a green flash at sunset. Just steps from the square are other attractions including the Custom House, Aquarium, Shipwreck Museum and Mel Fisher Museum.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
If you’re craving some sand between your tire treads, then head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. The oceanfront park includes a concession stand, restrooms, bike parking, a great beach, picnic areas and a Civil War fort. Located near the park entrance are the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Museum.
Key West’s most famous resident Ernest Hemingway called our island home from 1931-1939, and he wrote such classics as “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “To Have and Have Not” during his stay. Across the street from his house and towering above the trees is the 73-foot tall Key West Lighthouse, just begging to have its picture taken.
The Southernmost Point
No visit to Key West is complete without a photo at the iconic southernmost point buoy. This colorful concrete buoy was built in 1983 and is perhaps the most photographed spot in Key West. There are normally plenty of people lined up for the photo op who won’t mind snapping your photo if you return the favor for them.
A paved bike path winds its way between sand and palm trees along Higgs Beach before depositing you next to the historic West Martello Tower, home of the Key West Garden Club. Be sure to take a ride out on the White Street Pier for more stunning views and photo opportunities.
Sand dunes separate the sidewalk bike path from the longest beach in Key West, but there are plenty of access points and bike racks. Once past the beach, you’ll pedal along a low seawall with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.
East Martello Tower
This tower complements the West Martello Tower at Higgs Beach and is a museum devoted to Key West’s cultural past. Various exhibits feature artifacts and artwork representative of Key West’s colorful history.