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May 302016

Occasionally, popular attractions offer opportunities for free entry, including Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden.

Free entry for Florida Keys residents with identification is the first Sunday of most months.

The tropical forest and botanical garden is at 5210 College Road, 305-296-1504

The regular entry frees are $7 for ages 12 and older, $5 for seniors and free for kids age 11 and younger with adult.

Information is on the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden website.

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 Posted by on May 30, 2016
May 302016

The Studios of Key West offers free entry to its art galleries and free entry to open house events.

The galleries, which display work by local and international artists,  are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. most Tuesdays to Saturdays. The open house events are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. first Thursdays of most months.

The venue is at 533 Eaton St., Key West, 305-296-0458


 Posted by on May 30, 2016
May 232016

On select dates, the Sheriff Office Animal Farm in Key West is open to the public for free.

The farm includes tortoises, pigs, rabbits  and other unwanted and rescued domestic and exotic animals.

For spectators, the farm is open most second and fourth Sundays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Donations are accepted.

Tours are offered by appointment, 305-293-7300

The farm is at Sheriff’s Office Stock Island Detention Center, 5501 College Road, Key West.


 Posted by on May 23, 2016
May 212016

The Key West Express ferry offers opportunities for discounts.

The ferry whisks travelers between Key West and Fort Myers Beach. Occasionally, the boat 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 $124 Mondays to Thursdays, a savings of $30. Round trip tickets purchased at least eight days early are $139 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, a savings of $15. Round trip tickets purchased at least four days early are $139, a savings of $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 May 21, 2016
May 142016

Duval Street buzzes with festive folks and rainbow flags at the Key West Pride Parade and street fair, which are prime events in Key West Pride activities.

Key West Pride activities are June 8 to June 12 at various venues.

The street fair is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 11 in the 700 and 800 blocks of Duval Street. The parade is about 5 p.m.  to 7 p.m. June 12 on Duval Street from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean.

Information about Key West Pride is on the website or 305-294-4603


 Posted by on May 14, 2016
May 142016

Fun activities for kids are featured during free events at an eco-theme attraction in Key West.

The activities are 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. most third Saturdays of the month.

The venue is the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, 35 E. Quay Road, Key West, 305-809-4750

The events are tailored for youngsters in kindergarten to fifth grade.  Entry to the Eco-Discovery Center is always free.



 Posted by on May 14, 2016
May 122016

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. Diving for a living is the topic April 20.

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

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 Posted by on May 12, 2016