Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, Key West

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Visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum, with a 20 m (65 ft) lighthouse that opened in 1825. The first keeper, Michael Mabrity, died in 1832, and his widow, Barbara, took over for the next 32 years. It was quite unusual to have a female keeper at the time. The lighthouse was decommissioned in 1969. Today you can explore the quarters and see the keeper's tools and personal effects, including those of Barbara Mabrity. Climb the 88 steps of the spiral staircase to the deck for a glimpse of the Fresnel lights and a view over the sea. Tours are self-guided, but a staff member is on site to answer your questions. Use our Key West trip itinerary app to visit Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum on your trip to Key West, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Easy climb and the quarters were interesting. I wish the lady working would have been more interested in answering some questions. Maybe she was just having a bad day but it still was a disappointment...  more »
  • We were a little disappointed with the content of the keepers residence; it was nice but less than we expected. The views from the top of the light house are fantastic and worth the climb up the stair...  more »
  • The entry fee is reasonable and the nine flights of stairs should be manageable by most. The view was great and the history of the lighthouse and its tenants was very interesting.  more »

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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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