Top 5 Key West ToursKey West may be relatively small in size, but island tour operators offer all manner of ways to explore its diverse attractions. Whether you're looking to toss back a few cocktails or beers among friends at iconic Duval Street bars, learn the haunted history of this creepily historic island, or hit the surrounding turquoise waters in a variety of watercraft, there's a Key West tour to meet your needs. Here, we've selected our 5 favorites.
The tippling folks at the pub crawl aim to bring you that experience on their 2 1/2-hour walking pub crawl, which meanders to joints downtown and in the Historic Seaport. The tour takes folks to 5 local bars, including Rick's, Schooner Wharf Bar and Durty Harry's, and includes a choice of a domestic beer or mixed drink at each bar, as well as 1 pub crawl T-shirt for each participant. Make sure to save your energy -- and lung capacity -- for one of the tour's non-alcoholic highlights, a conch-blowing contest.
On the 1 1/2-hour tour you'll also see sites such as the African Slave Cemetery, Captain Tony's Saloon and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, as guides tell spine-tingling stories about Key West's grimmer history. Tours run rain or shine, and reservations are highly recommended, as many tours do sell out.
The tour makes 3 stops: Station Depot, with shops and restrooms; Truval Village, a centrally located marketplace where people can hop off the train if they choose and explore the Historic Seaport, and finally, a stop at Flagler Station, a railroad museum. Penny-savers, take note: Children 12 and under ride free, and military and senior citizen discounts are also available.
If you keep an eye out for wildlife, you will be treated to sightings of various birds, including egrets, cormorants and even pelicans, as Key West is home to 2 national wildlife refuges. All tours include a lesson for beginners, instructing people on how to stand up on their board, as well as learn general safety information.
For daring -- and athletically inclined -- travelers, there's the "Ultimate Adventure," a 3-in-1 trip that includes snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing and kayaking. Should snorkeling a coral reef sound a bit simple, consider one of Fury's combo packages, like the Reef & Ritas or Reggae & Rum tours, which offer you free margaritas or rum drinks and reggae music, respectively, after you've finished snorkeling.