If you will be staying with us this year, you may be wondering, what kinds of things can I do or see during my trip? You probably already know about the aquarium, trolley, and great shopping, but did you know that Key West also has a hopping art scene? If you’re at all a fan of art, have an appreciation for it, or are curious about it, The Florida Keys has an art scene that you have to check out on your next trip south!
Locals and tourists alike enjoy the rich culture of the area through expressions of dance, film, visual art, literature, history, music, theater, and more. Here are some of our recommendations for great ways to take in the art scene near our Key West lodging.
Hemingway Home and Museum
If literature and history are close to your heart, this attraction is a must-see on your stay in Key West. Hemingway Home and Museum is a registered national historic landmark that offers guided tours of the author’s home, writing studio and Key West’s first swimming pool. It will be a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else.
The Studios of Key West
The Studios of Key West offers classes, events, exhibitions, and studios that feature culturally deep visual art that will interest everyone. Coming up in the beginning of March is Current & Confluences Symposium of Art & Ideas. This two day event includes keynotes, artist interviews, panel discussions, and more. For those looking to dig deeper into the art scene of Key West, this might be the perfect day trip for you. A free public reception will also take place right before this event. Learn more here.
Key West Film Festival
This November, experience a variety of films that showcase beautiful storytelling and capture the culture of Key West, highlighting values of creativity, diversity, sustainability, and beauty. Check here for updates on events, specific films, and more.
Nutcracker Key West
This winter, the Nutcracker will be featured at the Tennessee Williams Theatre and will be one of the largest productions to ever play on a Key West Stage. A holiday tradition since 1892, the Nutcracker is a breathtaking production described as “A sumptuous, artful theatrical experience wrapped as a perfect holiday gift for the Southernmost City.” Tickets can be purchased here closer to the date of the show.
The possibilities in Key West are endless. Get even more ideas on ways to take in the art scene here.