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Jan 302016

The Key West Express ferry offers opportunities for discounts.

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

The website features a coupon for $3 off  full-price round-trip adult fares or use promo code INTERNET for online reservations.

Other discounts are offered for those booking early and buying tickets online. 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 January 30, 2016
Jan 302016

Opportunities for discounts are offered at Red Barn Theatre in Key West.

Preview night prices for select shows are $25. The regular price  is $40.

Red Barn Theatre, 319 Duval Street, Key West., 305-296-9911

Preview nights include February 8 “Buyer & Celler” and  March 21 “Out of the City.”




 Posted by on January 30, 2016
Jan 282016

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

Florida Keys residents with identification enter free the first Sunday of most months.

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

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

Photo/Facebook page for Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden



 Posted by on January 28, 2016
Jan 282016

The Old Island Days Art Festival in Key West is a free event that  features paintings, sculptures and other works of fine art from local artists and others from out of state.

The juried event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 27 and February 28 on Whitehead Street from Greene Street to Eaton Street. The event also is on Caroline Street.

For information, phone 305-294-1241



 Posted by on January 28, 2016
Jan 202016

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 Mondays to Fridays. 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 January 20, 2016
Jan 202016
For performances on eligible Fridays, Waterfront Playhouse in Key West offers Date Night discounts for two tickets.
The discount for two tickets purchased together is $10 per ticket.
Waterfront Playhouse offers other discounts.
  • $25 tickets for previews
  • $5 discount for seniors age 65 and older
  • $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.

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


 Posted by on January 20, 2016
Jan 162016

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 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 January 16, 2016