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The Gardens Hotel - Key West

Biking, Parasailing, Snorkeling: There's So Much to Do

With average temperatures ranging from 70-90 degrees, the best thing to do in Key West is be outdoors or in the water. Whether you want to relax on a beach under the sun, snorkel through turquoise waters, rent a bike and cruise around the entire island or explore a local national or state park, there are so many outdoor activities to enjoy in Key West. Make the Gardens Hotel Key West your home away from home for your outdoor adventures. Our Concierge is always happy to share advice and suggestions to make your stay perfect. Please let us make your arrangements in advance either email or by telephone: 305-294-2661

Jazz In The Gardens!

Safely enjoy our Jazz season! Advance reservations are required. Mask on when not seated and social distancing required.
This season we are highlighting a local charity each month with 50% of our $20 per person ticket donated. Each week a different group will perform in our poolside Gazebo, and we have tables and chairs available throughout the gardens. Advance reservations are required and are non-refundable. We can seat 78 people at 29 tables.

Local Tour Companies & Charters

Take a sunset cruise on the Atlantic Ocean. Go on a glass-bottom boat ride or take a Jet Ski tour around the island. Fish for tarpon, snapper, grouper and more on a local charter, or rent your own boat and fish at your leisure. The following are a few trusted tour and charter companies you can look to for an exciting excursion on the water:

  • Lucky Fleet
  • Tours Key West
  • Key West Parasail
  • Danger Charters
  • Honest Eco
  • Too Lethal Fishing Charters
  • AWS Charters
  • Schooner Western Union
  • Barefoot Billy's
  • Floridays
  • Key West Seaplane Adventures
  • Seize the Day Charters
  • Conch Tour Train
  • Old Town Trolley Tours

Outdoor Attractions

Beaches, state and national parks, wildlife refuges, and gardens—all these await you in beautiful Key West. Take a ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park for a fun day trip, or stay close to the hotel and explore Fort Zachary Taylor or Fort East Martello. Spend the day lounging and playing in the water at South Beach, Smathers Beach or Higgs Beach. Or walk through beautiful local gardens and parks filled with exotic plants, trees, and animals. Below are a few of our favorite outdoor spots to visit during your stay:

  • City View Trolley
  • Dry Tortugas National Park, 0.7 mile (ferry to the island)
  • South Beach, 0.7 mile
  • Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden, 0.7 mile
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, 0.8 mile
  • Spottswood Park, 0.9 mile
  • AIDS Memorial, 1 mile
  • Key West Veterans Memorial at Bayview Park, 1 mile
  • West Garden Club / West Martello Tower, 1.3 miles
  • West Garden Club / West Martello Tower, 1.3 miles
  • Higgs Beach, 1.3 miles
  • Sonny McCoy Indigenous Park, 1.5 miles
  • Key West Wildlife Center, 1.6 miles
  • Smathers Beach, 2.6 miles
  • Little Hamaca Park, 2.9 miles
  • Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, 4 miles
  • National Key Deer National Wildlife Refuge, 35.2 miles
  • Bahia Honda State Park, 36.5 miles

The Gardens Hotel welcomes children 16 years of age and older.

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