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Destination: November 2002

Key West, FL:
A Warm Tropical Getaway

Located on the southern tip of Florida, Key West is a popular destination getaway. The average year-round temperature is about 78 degrees. Whether you are headed to Florida for the winter, or just for vacation, there are many dog-friendly places to visit in Key West. From outdoor dining and shopping districts to historical points and points of interest, there is much to see and do with your pooch. Dogs are even welcome in the popular Key West aquarium.

One of the first stops to make is Duval Street. This historic street is about one mile long and offers a variety of restaurants, bars, tourist shops and art galleries. Many of the shops are dog-friendly.

Duval Street Shopping District

There are also several art galleries along Duval Street that allow well-behaved dogs, including the Guild Hall Gallery. Dogs must be leashed, but they are allowed inside this co-op museum with art from 30 working artists. Another dog-friendly place is the Stephen Huneck Art Gallery. Based in Vermont, the acclaimed artist, Huneck, offers sculptures, woodcut prints, furniture, children's books and more. Much of the artwork has a dog theme. Dogs are welcome to come inside and browse.

If visiting Duval Street, do not miss the Southernmost Point Monument which is located nearby, at Whitehead and South Streets. As the name implies, this monument is the southermost point in the continental United States. You and your pooch will be able to get in line and take your own picture in front of the Monument (bring your own camera).

Key West offers a real treat to dog lovers who want to take their dogs with them to a unique attraction. The Key West Aquarium allows well-behaved, leashed dogs inside. Open since 1934, the aquarium is home to indigenous sea-creatures of Key West and the Florida Keys. You will see moral eels, barracuda, sharks and much more. The aquarium also offers several guided tours and shark feedings daily. Even your dog is welcome to attend the tour, supervised of course!

Key West Aquarium

Bo's Fish Wagon
Outdoor dining is a fun activity in this town. Not all, but many outdoor restaurants and outdoor bars allow your well-behaved pooch. One of the restaurants on Duval Street, Mangoes, allows well-behaved, leashed dogs at their outdoor tables. This popular restaurant offers a large outdoor patio with umbrella covered tables. They offer a variety of seafood. Another interesting dog-friendly restaurant is Bo's Fish Wagon. Located on Caroline Street, this restaurant is all outdoors, but is well-covered and makes you feel like it is inside. As the name implies, they too offer a variety of seafood.

If you are looking for a place to stay, there are many dog-friendly inns and cottages throughout town. One of the accommodations, The Frances Street Bottle Inn, is located within walking distance to the Duval Street Shopping District and many outdoor restaurants.

The rooms offer individual entrances, private baths, ceiling fans and tropical furnishings. The inn offers an expanded continental breakfast and an evening social hour, both of which can be enjoyed with your pooch at one of the several outdoor tables. For an interesting bit of trivia, this inn was the set of the Meteor Newspaper office in the short-run but acclaimed TV series "Key West" back in 1992. Well-behaved dogs are welcome for an additional $25 one time pet fee per stay.

Frances Street Bottle Inn

If you are looking for a nice, warm, relaxing vacation with your best friend, then Key West is the place to be.

For more information:

Guild Hall Gallery, 614 Duval St, Key West, FL, 305-296-6076
Key West Aquarium, 1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL, 305-296-2051
Stephen Huneck Art Gallery, 218 Whitehead St, Key West, FL, 305-295-7616
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Francis Street Bottle Inn, 535 Francis Street, Key West, FL, 305-294-8530
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Bo's Fish Wagon, 801 Caroline St, Key West, FL, 305-294-9272

Mangoes, 700 Duval St, Key West, FL, 305-292-4606
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