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Jun 202016

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 June 20, 2016
Jun 202016

Youngsters pay $1 and adults pay $2 for kids’ flicks Saturdays in summer at a theater in Key West.

The movies are June 25 to August 11 most Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Tropic Cinema is at 416 Eaton St., Key West, 877-761-3456

Movies include

  • “Pixels” June 25
  • “Smurfs 2” July 2
  • “Khumba” July 9
  • “Shaun The Sheep” July 16
  • “The Peanuts Movie” July 23
  • “Open Season Scared Silly” July 30
  • “Adventures in Zambezia” August 6

$1 fee is for kids 12 and younger. More information is online.

 Posted by on June 20, 2016
Jun 182016

Snag $2 off the entry fee to a diving-theme attraction in Islamorada.

The deal is on featured on the Florida Keys History of Diving Museum website.

For the discount, print out the coupon or mention it.

For information,  phone 305-664-9737 or email

Regular prices are $12 for ages 12 and older, $6 for ages 5 to 11, $9 for veterans and students with identification, and $11 for veterans and seniors.

 Posted by on June 18, 2016
Jun 182016

Entry is free to walk around and look at the powerful boats participating in the Super Boat Grand Prix in the Florida Keys.

The events in Marathon are June 24, June 25 and June 26

Access to see the boats and meet the drivers is free at the dry pits, which are at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, mile marker 51, including 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to June 24 and June 25. Wet pits are  at the marina docks behind Hyatt Place Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, 1996 Overseas Highway. Wet pits are open to the public June 25 noon to 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26

The Super Boat Grand Prix races are  11 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 26 on the Gulf of Mexico  parallel to the shoreline from Tranquility Bay Resort at MM 48.5 to the landmark Seven Mile Bridge, turning and finishing at Hyatt Place.

Spectators may watch the race for free at  Sunset Park, MM 47.





 Posted by on June 18, 2016
Jun 142016

Fireworks and fun in the Florida Keys include entertainment and parades.

Most of these events are family-friendly, free and July 4. The event in Big Pine Key is July 3.

  • Key West, White Street Pier, 9 p.m.
  •  Marathon Beach Party & Fireworks Show,  patriotic parade 10 a.m. from Marathon High School on Sombrero Beach Road, mile marker 50, to Sombrero Beach, with food,  kids’ projects, entertainment and fireworks
  • Big Pine Key and Lower Keys, 5 about 9 p.m.,  food, activities and fireworks about 9 p.m. July 3, at a park, 31009 Atlantis Drive, free entry
  • Spirit of Islamorada 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 4, Founders Park, mile marker 87,  Plantation Key;  entertainment, food and drinks, and fireworks; $10 fee
  • Key Largo, around mile marker 103,  fireworks over Blackwater Sound  9 p.m., weather permitting; reservations suggested for seating  at local venues, such as Sundowners and Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, 305-451-4502
  • Key Largo, Fourth of July parade,  10 a.m. from  MM 98 to MM 100; free old-fashioned community picnic at Key Largo Community Park; 305-451-1414 for information about the picnic or 305-852-3216 for info about the parade


 Posted by on June 14, 2016
Jun 122016

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 $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.

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 June 12, 2016
Jun 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.

Coral Restoration Foundation is featured June 15.

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

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 Posted by on June 12, 2016
Jun 102016

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

The art walk festivities in Key West and Islamorada are most Third Thursdays of the month, about 6 p.m.

The Morada Way Arts District in Islamorada offers its art walk festivities 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. most third Thursdays. The events are presented by the Morada Way Arts and Cultural District, between mile marker 81 and mile marker 82,  phone 305-900-9023

In Key West, the  various art galleries and shops around White Street from Southard to United streets  participate in  The Walk On White Gallery Walk  most third Thursdays of the month  6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Some of the venues may offer refreshments and free entertainment.


 Posted by on June 10, 2016