Things To Do In Key West

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Rum, spirits, music, sun, and food: the Key West Bacchanalia celebrates summer with all five. The festival pours out tastes of Puerto Rican rum cocktails and other select drinks, which guests sip while watching celebrity chefs whip up savory cuisine in the handheld form of burgers and barbecue. A portion of the event's proceeds benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation, an organization supporting individuals with paralysis.

202 Duval St.
Key West,
FL
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"Opulent and luxurious" or "a heavy drinker" are two ways the dictionary defines the term lush. But at Lush Bar, they've got their own definition: "One who becomes luxuriously intoxicated after a glass of wine and flirts with everyone to save the planet." However you define the term, luxury certainly comes to mind at Lush Bar. The airiness brought on by the beach-inspired decor and tall, white walls is offset by a menu of rich, decadent treats. But whether indulging in wine, beer, or chocolate, you can always feel good about your selection. That's because everything here is organic: from the wine all the way down to the coffee and Arbor teas. Lush Bar also hosts weekly pairings that explore the history of chocolate, which—contrary to popular belief—has nothing to do with singing men in matching overalls.

1130 Duval St.
Key West,
FL
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It?s not an energy drink, a crimson bovine, or even a particularly misguided spelling of ?bread bowl.? Rather, the Red Bull is a 26-foot-long, cherry-red Nordic tugboat, and it provides a unique way to rub metaphorical elbows with the Florida Key's aquatic wildlife and sea birds. Clients can charter the boat for a historic tour of the harbor, and get a watery glimpse at the seaport, Mallory Square, and the Sand Key lighthouse. Or, they can commission Captain Bob and his crew to chauffeur them on dolphin-spotting excursions. The Red Bull is also available for fishing trips, and is equipped with a state-of-the-art fish finder.

1102 Duval St
Key West,
FL
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On many windy, sun-drenched days in the Florida Keys, an electric catamaran flying the colors of the America Sailing & Diving Club can be seen escorting revelers across ocean waves. Formed in 1973, the club brings together boat owners as well as nonowners who can set sail on the club’s fleet of sailboats that range in size from 22 feet to 44 feet, each designed to keep the club’s carbon footprint to a minimum. The club also offers courses that teach landlubbers basic sailing techniques, such as knot-tying skills so they needn’t fear that their loose engagement ring will fall overboard.

12399 Overseas Highway
Marathon Key,
FL
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On a given day, inside the three-by-three grid of seats at Coasters, riders might find themselves in any number of environs. Some adventures lead down, into the scantly lit twists of a glittering jewel mine, and others jet through shark-infested waters. Passengers of the 3-D simulated coaster may even ride through space, exploring neighboring galaxies at impossible speeds. And when the suns of those distant galaxies set, patrons can marvel at Coasters were-like transformation, watching it morph into a bumping nightclub that draws dancers to the floor with energetic beats.

218 Whitehead Street
Key West,
FL
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Captain Alfons of ParaWest Parasailing knows the sky over Cayo Hueso almost as well as he knows its waters. For more than 10 years the Coast Guard?licensed captain has sent passengers into the crystal blue above the horizon, and dipped them into the crystal blue below. Although single and tandem rides begin and end on the dryness of the vessel, the captain and his CPR-trained crew dip riders into the water upon request. They also equip their participants with safety tips before takeoff, including such sage wisdom as "don't fly with scissors."

700 Front St
Key West,
FL
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