Things to do in Key West when it rains


Grab your umbrella, here are our top 5 things to do in Key West when it rains!

A tropical destination can have one downside: Rain!  It might be a damper on your vacation, but it’s also what makes Key West an even greener destination. It’s not always sun and games!  Don’t hibernate in your hotel room…check out our top 5 things to do in Key West when it rains.

  1. Catch a flick at the Tropic Cinema.

Only half a block away from Old Town Manor & Rose Lane Villas, Tropic Cinema is the perfect place to hibernate.  From indie films to blockbusters, there’s something for everyone.  This nonprofit is staffed entirely by volunteers more than happy to serve you popcorn with REAL butter and a help-yourself bar of spices and toppings, locally made cakes and treats, and most importantly beer, wine and champagne.

  1. Tour the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum.

Another not-for-profit option, this nationally recognized research and archeology institution is the perfect place to tour on a rainy day in Key West.  About a 7 minute walk from your front door, the museum is located right downtown at the corner of Greene and Whitehead. Here you’ll find treasure discovered on Spanish vessels shipwrecked in 1622 off the coast of Florida.

Mel Fisher Museum


  1. Feed the sharks at the Key West Aquarium.

Located next to Mallory Square, the Key West aquarium can’t be missed.  Experience the “touch tank” upon entering where you’ll get to pick up sea cucumbers, horseshoe crabs, conch, sea stars and more.  Visit during one of the four daily snack times and feed sharks and stingrays.  The aquarium also houses rehabilitating sea turtles, jellyfish, hundreds of species of fish and yes, even an alligator exhibit!

key west aquarium


  1. Soar with the butterflies at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory.

Experience a mini rainforest right here in Key West!  Walk through waterfalls and cascading plants while observing 50-60 species of butterflies.  With colorful birds flying through the air and 2 pink flamingos on land, this piece of tropic paradise is perfect for the entire family.  Don’t forget to stop at the gift shop – it’s one of our favorites on the island!

butterfly conservatory


  1. Tour the beautiful Hemingway House.

Ernest Hemingway lived at this famous estate at 907 Whitehead Street with his 2nd wife, Pauline, and his famed six toed cats.  In honor of Hemingway’s 10 year stint in Key West in the 1930s, the house is now home to 40 – 50 happy cats (some with six toes) and is open to the public as a museum.  Tours are available every half hour, where lively guides fill you in on the history of the home and the Key West legend.

Hemingway House
Read more Key West blogs to help plan your next visit, or learn about the history of Old Town Manor!