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Sep 162016
For performances on eligible Fridays, Waterfront Playhouse in Key West offers Date Night discounts.
The Date Night discount is $10 per ticket for two tickets purchased together.
Waterfront Playhouse offers other discounts.
  • $25 tickets for previews
  • $20 discount for active military personnel
  • $20 discount for full-time students younger than 25
  • 10 percent to 20 percent off for eligible groups

Restrictions and exceptions may apply. Shows include “It’s Only A Play,” “Avenue Q,” “Trip to Bountiful” and others.

Waterfront Playhouse is at 312 Wall Street, Key West, 305-294-5015


 Posted by on September 16, 2016
Sep 162016

The Key West Express ferry offers opportunities for discounts.

The ferry whisks travelers between Key West and Fort Myers Beach. Occasionally, a ferry also rolls between Key West and  Marco Island.

Discounts are offered for those booking early.  Round trip tickets for adults purchased at least eight days early are $125 Mondays to Thursdays, a savings of $30. Round trip tickets purchased at least eight days early are $140 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, a savings of $15. Round trip tickets purchased at least four days early are $140, a savings of $15. Group rates are offered for groups of at least 15.

Please note that  discounted fares are not refundable. Most of the monetary balance may be used for travel another time. A  $25 fee for no-shows and modifications applies. For information,  phone 888-539-2628 or log on to the website.

 Posted by on September 16, 2016
Sep 162016

Free programs at an attraction in Islamorada feature speakers discussing interesting topics related to the ocean and diving.

The  free events at the Diving Museum are 7 p.m. most third Wednesdays of the month, including September 21

The diving museum is 82990 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, 305-664-9737

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Sep 162016

WineDine KeyWest is a promotional event that features discounts at participating restaurants, spas, inns and other businesses.

The event, which includes about 35 restaurants and other merchants,  is September 16 to October 16.

Some of the fine dining restaurants are offering fixed-price menus, with $20 for a 2-course lunch and $35 for a 3-course dinner. The fixed prices typically represent a discount from the regular prices. Other restaurants are offering discounts of 10 percent to 20 percent.

Restaurants offering discounts and fixed-price menus are featured on the WineDine KeyWest website.

Register on the website to receive a return email, which may be used to nab deals at inns, spas and other participating businesses. Those discounts may be 15 percent to 30 percent.


 Posted by on September 16, 2016
Sep 142016

Sometimes, nabbing free tickets to popular attractions is simple.

For Museum Day Live!, you’ll receive a ticket for two guests to enjoy a participating museum by signing up online using this link.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! is September 24, and includes hundreds of venues in the United States. Among those in South Florida

Participating venues are on the Museum Day website.

The nationwide event offers one ticket per household for two guests to a select museum. After signing up, download and print the emailed ticket.


 Posted by on September 14, 2016
Sep 122016

Stroll among art galleries, shops and street vendors at free art walk events in The Florida Keys.

The popular ArtWalk festivities in Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Island Time Trolley offers free transportation to ArtWalk from select inns and resorts in the Upper Keys. Information is online or 954-830-4545

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada is between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  305-900-9023




 Posted by on September 12, 2016
Sep 102016

Registering online is requested  for folks interested in free seminars that are part of REEF Fest in Key Largo.

The seminars focusing on varied sea life and reef topics are  at the government building, 102050 Overseas Highway. Register online.

REEF Fest is September 29 to October 2. The event is presented by Reef Environmental  Education Foundation and includes social and diving activities.

Phone 305-852-0030 or email at


 Posted by on September 10, 2016
Sep 082016

Fresh produce, artisans and authors are among a diverse assortment of vendors at free bazaar events in Key West.

The Key West Artisan Market events are offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. occasional Sundays fall to spring

The market is at The Restaurant Store and Cole’s Peace Bakery, 1111 Eaton St. in Old Town Key West. Bicycling is encouraged.

Information about the events is on the website.

 Posted by on September 8, 2016