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Located in the heart of the historic district in Key West, Mallory Square is a gathering place and so much more. Visitors come here to shop, grab a bite to eat, admire views of the harbor, admire the art, people-watch, and take in the sunset. Visiting Mallory Square is one of the best things to do during a vacation to the Florida Keys.
Attractions clustered along Mallory Square Key West give a taste of local history, cultures, and people who have passed through the island over the centuries. The Cayo Hueso y Habana Historeum honors the heritage of the region's Spanish roots. Cuba is only 90 miles away, and the islands share a cultural heritage. Visitors can shop the bodega, watch cigars rolled by hand, sample Cuban food, and enjoy the rhythms of the music.
The other museums of Mallory Square also have island flair. The Shell Warehouse, located in one of the oldest buildings in Key West, has been welcoming visitors since 1950. The Shell Warehouse lives up to its name; the shop and museum is filled with shells from around the world, many made into art and jewelry.
Visitors can walk a short distance and arrive at the Sponge Market, which has exhibits and videos detailing the tradition of gathering and using these gifts from the sea. The gift shop is well-stocked with souvenirs, Key West collectibles, and jewelry made items salvaged from shipwrecks. Several other shops found along Mallory Square Key West also are worth a look.
The museums and shops are just a few of the attractions found along Mallory Square Key West. Travelers can peek into a colorful world when they explore the Key West Aquarium, where daily shark and turtle feedings are something amazing to see. With the touch tank, it's easy to get close to critters such as conchs, sea cucumbers, and sea urchins without putting on a snorkel. The Key West Shipwreck Historeum also takes a look at what's under the sea, showcasing artifacts salvaged from the Isaac Allerton, a ship that sank in 1856. Costumed guides, interactive exhibits, and movies also highlight Key West's maritime heritage.
When strolling along the shaded brick pathways of Mallory Square, visitors will find a collection of sculptures that depict Key West's history. Thirty-six bronze busts at the Sculpture Garden honor the forebears who made Key West the vibrant island it is today. For those who want to hear even more, they can book guided tours. The guides from Old Town Trolley tours and the Conch Tour Train are eager to tell tales of pirates, pioneers, famous folks, and island eccentrics. After the tour, guests can stick around to enjoy the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.
Mallory Square is a gathering place for a special event that happens every night. Vistiors can mingle with locals to enjoy the celebration.Two hours before dark, the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square begins. With an array of events, vendors, craft fairs, and street performances, the celebration is always something special, even though it happens every night. Of course, the centerpiece of the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the sun sinking below the waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
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