Key West Chamber of Commerce
Things to Do
Conch Style - Architecture & Walking Tours
Much about Key West has
changed since ship captains and wreckers built the first sturdy homes here
in the 1800s. But the weather has remained constant, and island architecture
continues to make life comfortable, harnessing breezes and shading porch
Walking tours of Key West are the
best way to see some of the island's most intriguing architecture, along
with court-yards, gardens and hidden pathways.
Start in the center of town at the Key West City Cemetery. The cemetery
offers a peaceful tour of Key West's past, featuring family plots and a
memorial to the American sailors who perished in the explosion of the
battleship USS Maine in 1898. But here the island's sense of humor is kept
very much alive, with legendary headstones that read "I told you I was
sick," and "At least I know where he's sleeping tonight."
Then wander through the Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden, adjacent to the
Key West Chamber of Commerce off
Mallory Square. Here, busts of commodores, captains, doctors, authors and
cigar makers commemorate 36 of the island's most influential residents.
For daytime wanderings, stroll the meandering paths through the grounds of
the Key West Audubon House and Gardens, a testament to Key West's dedication
to preserving history. The home was one of the first historic preservation
projects in Key West, and was renovated in the 1970s, just before the
wrecking ball was going to make the property a gas station.