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12 Free and Cheap Things To Do in Key West

The Florida Keys is full of history, wildlife, breathtaking views, interesting people and good times. Here are 12 free and cheap things to do in Key West that will make your trip memorable.

Key West

1. Southernmost Point

Grab your camera and check out one of the most popular spots in Key West, the Southernmost Point buoy. The buoy marks the southernmost point and 90 miles to Cuba. Tourists stand in a line to take photos with the colorful landmark and beautiful ocean behind it.

A plaque dedicated to Cubans who have lost their lives trying to make it to the United States can be found next to the buoy. The buoy is located at Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040.

2. Mallory Square

It’s always a party, at Mallory Square, when the sun it setting. The sunset celebration began in the late 1960s and still goes on today. Two hours before sunset, a festival begins with magicians, clowns, jugglers, psychics, artists, local musicians and food vendors.

At no cost, you and your family can enjoy the entertainment and an amazing view of the sunset. Mallory Square is located at 400 Wall Street, Key West, FL 33040.

3. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Known as Florida’s southernmost state park, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is a great place for snorkeling and offers the best beach in Key West. You will also find a historic Civil War fort and seacoast cannons.

You can give yourself a free tour with the brochure the park provides. Entry admission is $6 per vehicle, $4.50 for single occupant in vehicle, $2.50 for pedestrians and bicyclists. The State Park is located at 601 Howard England Way, Key West. For more information call 305-292-6713.

4. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Gain an appreciation and awareness of the importance in protecting and conserving South Florida’s ecosystem. At the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, you will learn about native animals and plants that are on land and underwater in the Florida Keys.

Coral outcrop on Flynn Reef

The facility is currently closed for renovations. Stay tuned for more information once it reopens in 2022.

5. The Historic Key West Cemetery

You can find the Historic Key West Cemetery, in Old Town, located in the center of the island. The cemetery was founded in 1847 and is free for anyone to walk through. Visit the small office on the northwest corner of the cemetery to pick up a walking tour guide.

Get to know Key West and its people through interesting stories written in the guide. Make sure to look for the monument to the U.S.S. Maine, the grave of the real Sloppy Joe, and quirky epitaphs like “I told you I was sick.” For more information call 305-292-6718.

6. Turtle Museum

This museum teaches kids and families about turtles, their role in the environment and how the business nearly exterminated them all. It is located in Historic Seaport which is great to explore.

Entrance is free but donations are welcome. It is located at 200 Margaret St. For more information call 305-294-0209. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Currently closed for the season and reopens in November.

7. San Carlos Institute

Here you’ll learn about the Cuba-Key West relations through Cuban Liberation speaker Jose Marti. The historic landmarks was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles of Key West as an educational, civic, and patriotic center.

Today, it is a multi-purpose facility that serves as a museum, library, art gallery, theater, and school. Admission is free. Hours 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. 516 Duval Street, Key West.

8. West Martello Tower and Garden

This tropical garden sits on the site of a former Civil War fort. It has garden rooms with beautiful flowers and intriguing history. 

The garden is open to the public and admission is free. The garden is located at 1100 Atlantic Blvd., Key West.

9. Key West First Legal Rum Distillery

Need a drink? Want to taste some delicious and authentic rum? Heat to this rum distillery where they claim to have run Rum to Cuba.

Tours are free daily from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week and last about 15-20 minutes. Free samples are also available daily. 105 Simonton St., Key West.

10. Animal Farm at Monroe County Sheriffs Office

The farm was started in 1994 in an open area underneath the jail facility. The Animal Farm is open, free of charge, the second and fourth Sunday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Groups may tour by appointment. For more information, call (305)293-7300 or email Farmer Jeanne Selander at jselander@keysso.net.. Also, please visit the Farm’s Facebook page for more information at https://www.facebook.com/KeysAnimalFarm/.

11. Oldest House in Key West

The oldest house in Key West was built in 1829 and is a great museum to visit! The house features family portraits and original furnishings, as well as other period pieces, ship models, and documents telling the story of old Key West. In the rear of the house is a spacious, peaceful garden, where benches invite you to sit and reflect. There, you will see the oldest surviving Cook House in South Florida.

Admission is $10 per person and children under 12 are free. Located at 322 Duval Street, Key West.

12. Higgs Beach & Smathers Beach

Two of the best beaches in the keys! There are great beach day activities for everyone to enjoy.

Higgs Beach is located at 1000 Atlantic Blvd. Free and always open.

Smathers Beach is located at 2601 South Roosevelt Blvd. Open dawn to dusk and free. Metered parking is available along the beach.

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Free and cheap things to do this week in South Florida

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Regal Theatres: Discounted movie tickets on Tuesdays

All Day | $5.00-6.00 | Regal Cinemas Multiple Locations

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Tasty Tuesdays with Food Trucks

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Amphitheater in Boca Raton

Food Trucks Tuesdays

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Haulover Beach Park

Christmas on Las Olas

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Las Olas Boulevard

Delray tree lighting festivities

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Old School Square

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Food truck gathering at Pelican Harbor Marina

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Pelican Harbor Marina

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

School choir caroling competition

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | 550 Biltmore Building

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Pub 52

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Comedy Night at Exit One Taproom

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Exit One Taproom

Thursday, December 1, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Food trucks and music

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Wellington Village Park

Tamarac holiday lighting with tree, kinara and menorah

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm | FREE | Tamarac community center

Holiday lighting festivities in Dania

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Dania City Hall

Enjoy live entertainment at Clematis by Night

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Tree lighting festivies in West Palm

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Yuletide Parade in Pompano Beach

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm | FREE | Atlantic Boulevard in Pompano Beach

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Doral Yard

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

The Moth - Miami StorySLAM

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00 | Sandrell Rivers Theater

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Friday, December 2, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

First Fridays @ 5 concert in Boynton Beach

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Boynton Beach Amphitheater

Light up Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale

holiday market at Dania Pointe

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Dania Pointe holiday night market

5:00 pm to 11:00 pm | Dania Pointe

Food truck gathering at Tropical Park

5:30 pm to 10:30 pm | FREE | Tropical Park

Holiday lighting in Sunrise

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Sunrise Civic Center

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Downtown Delray Art Walk

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Delray Beach

Free Gallery Night entry

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Coral Gables Museum

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Old Town Untapped in Pompano

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Bailey Contemporary Arts

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Rock The Park in Plantation

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Plantation Central Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Lake Worth bonfires offer free music and fun

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Lake Worth Beach & Casino Complex

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Jam on percussion for free

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | South Florida Center for Percussive Arts

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Free outdoor film in Weston

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Weston Regional Park

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

First Friday Art Walk

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Arts Garage

Free outdoor films in Hollywood

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | ArtsPark

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Gold Coast Museum free first Saturday

All Day | FREE | Gold Coast Railroad Museum

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

Namaste Indian Arts & Food Festival

FREE | Pompano Amphitheater

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Plantation Farmers Market

8:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Volunteer Park Plantation

Las Olas Oceanside Park Farmers, Antiques & Artisan Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Las Olas Oceanside Park

Namaste Indian Festival in Pompano

10:30 am to 8:00 am | FREE | Pompano Amphitheater

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

The Art of Transformation

11:00 am to 10:00 pm | FREE

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Winter Kiddos Land

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | CityPlace Doral

Vegan Winter Fest Block Party

2:00 pm to 8:00 pm | $0-13.00 | Esplanade Park

Elevated vendor market in West Palm

4:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free holiday concert at church

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Ocean Way festival in Deerfield

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | main beach parking lot in Deerfield

Light Up Plantation

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Plantation City Hall

Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Intracoastal Waterway

Palm Beach holiday boat parade

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Intracoastal Waterway

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Candy Cane Parade

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood Beach Broadwalk

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Live music at Grandview in West Palm

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Grandview Public Market

Free live music at Dolphin Mall

7:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

South Florida Symphony Orchestra "Messiah" in Fort Lauderdale

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-95.00 | Parker Playhouse

Free holiday concert at church

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Old Cutler Presbyterian Church

Live Music at Doral Yard

8:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Live in the Park! Tito Puente, Jr.

8:00 pm | Discounted | Westchester Cultural Arts Center

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

8:30 pm to 8:50 pm | Dania Pointe

Discount late-night movies

11:30 pm to 2:00 am | $5.00 | Coral Gables Art Cinema

Sunday, December 4, 2022

What the Constitution Means to Me

Discounted | Adrienne Arsht Center

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

Tamarac Farmers Market

9:00 am to 12:00 am | FREE | Veterans Park

dream car classic in Hollywood

10:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Downtown Hollywood

Free live music at Jazz Brunch in Fort Lauderdale

11:00 am to 2:00 pm | FREE | Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

$5 holiday movies

1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | $5.00 | Regal Cinemas

Bluegrass festival and acoustic jam

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm | FREE | Greynolds Park

The Art of Transformation

2:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE

School caroling competition

3:00 pm to 7:00 pm | 550 Biltmore Building

South Florida Symphony Orchestra "Messiah" in Miami

4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | $20.00-75.00 | Broad Center for the Performing Arts at Barry University

Carols on the Lawn

4:30 pm | FREE | Society of the Four Arts

FAU Tuba Christmas in Boca

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm | FREE | Mizner Park in Boca

Ocean Drive Promenade Music Series

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | FREE | Ocean Drive Promenade

Tropical Sundays Live Music

5:00 pm to 8:00 pm | FREE | Doral Yard

Zoo Lights at Palm Beach Zoo

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $10.00-22.00 | Palm Beach Zoo

Lights 4 Hope drive-through light display

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm | $15.00-35.00 | Okeeheelee Park

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Christmas Lights in the Acres

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $10.00 | Plantation Baptist Church

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Live music at Gulfstream in Hallandale

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Snow flurries at Dania Pointe

7:00 pm to 7:20 pm | FREE | Dania Pointe

Free live music at Hollywood beach bandshell

7:00 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | Hollywood beach bandshell

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Nightlife Brewing Co.

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Nightlife Brewing Co.

Salsa dance class

9:00 pm | FREE | Ball & Chain

Monday, December 5, 2022

The Polar Express

$65.00-75.00 | Brightline MiamiCentral Station

'Stranger Things' immersive exhibit

11:00 am to 9:00 pm | FREE | Aventura Mall

Holiday Train Exhibit at library in Southwest Ranches

12:00 pm to 4:00 pm | FREE | Southwest Regional Library

Holiday in Paradise light show, ferris wheel & other festivites in West Palm

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | FREE | West Palm Beach Waterfront

Fantasy of Lights drive-through display

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | $20.00-45.00 | Tradewinds Park

Discount advance tickets: Magic of Lights Homestead drive-thru experience

6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Homestead-Miami Speedway

Symphony In Lights at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Gulfstream Park Village

Holiday light show and snow fall in West Palm, 6:30, 7:30 & 8:30

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm | FREE | The Square downtown West Palm

Zoo Lights at Zoo Miami

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm | Discounted | Zoo Miami

Nightly Snowfall

7:00 pm | FREE | Dolphin Mall

Comedy Night at Sandbar Sports Grill

8:00 pm to 11:00 pm | FREE | Sandbar Sports Grill

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