The most photographed landmark must be the Southernmost Point monument. Not to miss a Key West tradition, the crew of Last Dance captured an image to prove travel to the famed point.
Key West is known for the residential architectural style that includes large porches, or galleries, as known in the Gulf coast states.
Houses, both large and small, always have a gallery to enjoy the sea breezes.
This house's claim to fame - the southernmost house in the U.S. It, too, has galleries on both floors.
The large Seward Johnson sculpture of Marilyn Monroe that stands in Chicago is also in Key West, in a life-size scale. Appropriately, she is standing on a street grate in front of a movie theater.
Key West has a collection of Seward Johnson sculpture. A large-scale dancing couple, entitled "Having Fun," stands in front of the Key West Art and History Museum.
Another Johnson sculpture, "The Tourist," is holding a camera as if he is taking a photo of the bronze statue of Ernest Hemingway. Some claim that Seward Johnson's sculptures are not art, but whatever your opinion on their artistic component, they are fun and interesting.
There's a woman goin' crazy on Caroline street
Stoppin' every man that she does meet
Sayin' if you be gentle, if you be sweet
I'll show you my place on Caroline street
One of the things for which Key West is famous is the bars. There are many, filled with lively patrons. The original Sloppy Joe's was opened on December 5, 1933, the day prohibition was repealed. Joe Russell had been selling liquor illegally for years; the end of prohibition only changed his place of business. He named it The Blind Pig. One of his best patrons, Ernest Hemingway, suggested that he change the name, copying the name of a Hemingway favorite in Havana, Cuba - Sloppy Joe's.
In a dispute over rent, Joe Russell decided to purchase a Spanish restaurant a block away and move the bar. On the evening of May 5, 1937, he asked the patrons to carry everything out of the old place to the new. No one missed a drink. The "new" location continues as a favorite in Key West.
Key West has an array of fauna and flora, some, in the Key West tradition of being different. The city has chickens. This one was on the steps of a gift shop and, at first, appeared to be one of the items of merchandise.
Why did the chicken cross Duval Street?
Sloppy Joe's was on the other side.
Butterflies abound. Well, not this plentiful in nature. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a relaxing break from streets crowded with people and live music from the bars. An air-conditioned greenhouse filled with plants, butterflies, and birds creates a soothing interaction with nature. Many varieties of butterflies flit around, landing on plants and, often, people.
Walking through Key West creates a constant experience with tropical flora. The streets, yards, and parks are blooming, filling the views with color.
In the forestry category, this example of a Kapok tree stands proudly in front of the county courthouse. The tropical Kapok has adapted to its environment, often blown by high winds from tropical storms and hurricanes. It grows large, buttress roots supporting the trunk. Smart tree.
Sculptor, James Mastin, created the sculptures for the Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden. Many of Key West historic figures are depicted in the Garden.
Mastin also sculpted the images in the Loyalist Memorial Sculpture Garden in New Plymouth on Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas - Key West's Sister City.
To complete the historic experience, the Last Dance crew will have to travel to New Plymouth to view the sculptures in that memorial.
A trip to Key West would not be complete without experiencing the celebration of the sunset at Mallory Square. Hundreds of people gather to watch the street performers and the sunset. This young man rode a unicycle while juggling large sharp objects. An interesting way to earn a living. (His mother believes he is in Key West to attend college.)
Of course, the real show of the evening is the sunset itself.