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Whether you’re a born-and-raised conch, a freshwater conch, or a total novice to Key West, our handy blog is sure to have tips and tricks for experiencing the very best of Stock Island. Check back often for new posts.

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Lively Key West

08/06/2018

When traveling to the southernmost point in the United States, it’s important to remember that things are likely to get a little exciting. After all, the weather is gorgeous and everything is at your fingertips. ..

When traveling to the southernmost point in the United States, it’s important to remember that things are likely to get a little exciting. After all, the weather is gorgeous and everything is at your fingertips. Incredible water sports, vibrant nightlife, fascinating historical sites, and charming pastel-colored architecture create a vibe like no other. Duval Street is one lively lane of restaurants, bars, and boutiques. Stop by Sloppy Joe’s, one of Ernest Hemingway's favorites before taking a tour of his tropical plantation-style home that is still inhabited by friendly six-toed cats. Imagine the writer sitting at his large wooden desk, watching palm trees sway in the breeze while petting one of his many fluffy felines. We think walking tours are the most authentic way to experience the island’s stunning homes, gardens, and courtyards. Test the waters and book a ghost tour if you are feeling spontaneous. Key West is characterized by quirky personas and an intriguing, peppered past. There is even a tombstone in Key West City Cemetery that jokes, "At least I know where he’s sleeping tonight." This type of laid-back humor is what keeps visitors coming back year after year. Get into an island state of mind and surrender to the natural beauty and lively atmosphere.

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A One-of-a-Kind Stock Island Experience for Animal Lovers

07/02/2018

You might not expect to spend one of the most delightfully memorable days of your vacation on the grounds of the detention center. In fact, it might sound like a vacation gone wrong, but that’s not the case at the Monroe County Sheriff's Office Children's Animal Farm...

Started in 1994 as a haven for homeless wildlife, the farm has since evolved into a wonderful program for inmates to acquire constructive work positions, as well as a beloved Stock Island attraction—home to 150 different animals. It truly is something special, with everything from conventional farm animals to exotic species. Here, you can pet the hard shell of African Spurred Tortoises, give kisses to an alpaca, and meet Mo the sloth, the farm's most well-known animal.

This completely free and wonderfully educational farm is open to visitors on the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m., and group tours can be made by appointment. You won't want to miss it.

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