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. Using our custom trip planner, Key West attractions like Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Walk up 80 steps and see a 360 view of KW. There's informative plaques that point you in the direction of specific sights. So much to see from this view and the admission also includes entry to the mu...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This was an interesting stop and the climb up the stairs was worth it but it was hot. It was over 90 the day we were there and it was even hotter inside the lighthouse. The view from the top was beaut...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Good spot for a brief historic diversion of Duval Street. They had a nice air conditioned theatre with a film of key west history. This is a nice combination with the Hemingway House directly across t...  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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