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Get ready for a great time, seniors! This fun Florida Keys 3-day Grad Trip allows your group to see the most popular attractions in the area and, of course, spend some quality time on the beach with your toes in the sand!
Key West Shipwreck Museum
The museum is located within a re-creation of a 19th-century warehouse built by 'wrecker tycoon' Asa Tift, the entire experience allowing you to travel back to 1856, aka 'the era of wreckers'. Discover the local maritime heritage and learn how Key West became the richest city in the US during this time. The artifacts you will see inside are mostly from the vessel Isaac Allerton, which sank in 1856 on the reef and was rediscovered in 1985. Learn all about how over 100 ships would pass through here daily, with an average of 1 wreck per week on the reef. Climb up the 65-foot lookout tower and yell 'wreck ashore' as they would in the old days, until around 1921, when the wrecking courts were closed and the golden railway era began.
Choose between Smathers Beach, Sombrero Beach, or Higgs Beach.
Key West Express
This Key West ferry service holds 3 jet-powered catamarans that hold terminals in Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, and, of course, Key West. Choosing this ferry service is more affordable than flying and faster than driving and will allow your group to 'chill out, relax, enjoy and explore'. The boats are climate-controlled inside with comfortable seating, flat-screen TVs, a full galley, and a full bar. If you'd rather soak in the sun and enjoy the Gulf views head outdoors to the sun decks.
Old Town Trolley Tours
Your group can purchase a 1-Day Pass, 2-Day Pass, or special Ghosts and Gravestones Pass with Old Town Trolley Tours. The 1 or 2-Day Passes allow you free unlimited reboarding and access to over 100 points of interest along the way. You will also get complimentary admission to Hemingway's Rum Company and Papa's Pilar Distillery. On the Ghosts and Gravestones tour, your group will be visited by Robert the Doll and stop at all the most haunted attractions in Key West, such as the East Martello Fort. Each ride option will allow you to have the best views, riding high atop the trolley.
Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters
The very first lighthouse built here was finished in 1825 and stood at 65 feet tall. It held 15 lamps and 15-inch reflectors and was run by Michael Mabrity. After his passing his wife Barbara took control for just over 32 years. The tower was destroyed in the Great Havana Hurricane of 1846, which ended up killing 14 people taking solace here, including 6 of the Mabrity's children. The current lighthouse you see standing today was finished in 1849 and stands at 73 feet. It holds a Third Order Fresnel Lens, which is actually from the decommissioned Sombrero Key Lighthouse. Your group can climb the 88 iron steps to the top and enjoy the gorgeous ocean views, then head to the Keeper's Quarters for a tour, with several original furnishings within.
This street is full of character as the city itself, holding some of the area’s best restaurants, bars, art galleries, locally-owned shops, upscale boutiques, and historic sites. Along Duval you will find a great mixture of high priced stores and bargain shops, selling every beach product imaginable from authentic Cuban cigars to towels and flip flops. You can find the best jewelry and local beads, gifts and souvenirs, clothes and swimwear, and even artwork while here, the entire street a great place to even just window shop. When it comes to eating here on Duval you are in for another treat, this step holding many deliciously famous restaurants and bars. Try Sloppy Joes, Turtle Kraals, Fogarty’s, or Bull and Whistle, just be sure to save room for Kermit’s Sky West Key Lime Pie Shoppe, what many argue to be the best key lime pie around.