More to Explore in Key West

Visiting Key West during the winter months is enjoyable due to the lower humidity, ocean breezes, and balmy temperatures. Give yourself and your students a chance to escape the winter doldrums by planning your educational student tour now. Sonshine Educational Tours is proud to offer a wide variety of excursions to meet all of your class trip needs. In today’s post, we’ll look at some more places to explore when you visit Key West. Be sure to check out all there is to enjoy, and then contact us to book your student tour group.

Mallory Square

Mallory Square is set right on the water and is home to shops, restaurants, and a number of some of the most popular attractions on the island. Whether you are looking for unique souvenirs, hoping to experience local cuisine, or enjoy live entertainment, you are sure to find it. From petting live sharks and horseshoe crabs to seeing real sunken treasure and hand-rolled Cuban cigars, you will be amazed at all there is to do. Last, but definitely not least, is the sunset celebration right at the water’s edge. From sword swallowers to magicians and musicians to artists, there is a wide variety of entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Don’t forget to stay and watch the star of the show — the spectacular sunset!

The Shipwreck Treasure Museum

History comes to life at the Shipwreck Museum. You will have the opportunity to step back in time to learn about Key West’s unique maritime heritage, as well as how it became the richest city in America. Take time to view and touch genuine treasure recovered from shipwrecks dating back to the 1600s. Take advantage of the 65-foot observation tower to get a sense for what it was like when “wreckers” would watch the reef at night to scout for ships that had wrecked in the treacherous coral colonies just off shore. At the shout of “Wreck Ashore”, the first person to get to the wreck was able to control the ensuing salvage operation and would get a larger portion of the goods.

Conch Tour Train

For a great sight-seeing experience, be sure to take a ride on the Conch Train and visit their gift shop. This tour offers the best of all that Key West has to offer, and has been in operation since 1958. The staff will regale you with entertaining tales of Ernest Hemingway, and other lores of the island. Your ticket will automatically give you free admission to some of the other local attractions. The train stops at Truval Village, which is within a comfortable walking distance of Hemingway’s home, the Key West Lighthouse, and the Southernmost Point.

The Key West Shell Warehouse

If you have ever marveled at the beauty in seashells, then you have to make a stop at The Key West Shell Warehouse. From conch shells pulled straight from the ocean to jewelry crafted with shells and other ocean gems, you will have a hard time choosing just a few gifts for yourself. Take time to stroll around the store and see all they have to offer — shark teeth, abalone, coral-inspired art, and more. Don’t forget to find the perfect conch shell; after all, you’re in the Conch Republic!

Conch Fritters

To start, let’s make sure you pronounce conch correctly so that you don’t stand out as a tourist when visiting the Conch Republic. While it ends in ch, the word is actually pronounced with a ‘k’ sound at the end. A conch is the common name that is used for a number of different medium- to large-sized shells. In Key West, the most common conch is the queen conch. Conch fritters are actually a delicacy in many parts of the world. The fritters are small balls of conch snail meat that is fried in a batter with numerous seasonings. 

We know that you want to enrich your students’ education as much as possible, which is why we are happy to offer a variety of student travel tours for your convenience. Whether you are hoping to take a group to Key West or another location, please contact Sonshine Educational Travel Tours and let us do all the planning for you.