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    Shipwrecks, sharks and some underwater jams

    Approximately six miles off of Big Pine Key, Looe Key is thriving. The massive spur and groove reef formation, one of the better-developed reefs in the chain, is a brilliant spectacle. Armies of blue tangs swim elegantly over the coral beds as flocks of midnight parrotfish peck at the corals with...

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    Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

    One of Key West’s oldest attractions is crawling back from the brink of extinction. The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden welcomes visitors where once there were none and, before that, throngs.

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    USS Mohawk

    America’s Greatest Generation, the men and women who served in our armed forces during World War II, are no better represented than by those who served as crew aboard a little steel ship named Mohawk — now berthed in Key West and open to the public.

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    Bahia Honda State Park

    Just down the beach from our sunny picnic spot at Bahia Honda State Park, a toddler in a pink bathing suit scampered to her parents, carrying a handful of sand that she had scooped from below the gently unfolding surf. Her giggles carried on the wind as she dropped the sand into a vivid blue pail...

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    Real history made at Little White House

    It’s the place where Harry S. Truman did all of his presidential work during the winter months, where Dwight D. Eisenhower created the U.S. Department of Defense and where John F. Kennedy may have made a decision that averted World War III.

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    Fort Jefferson

    Four hours is hardly enough time to visit the tiny chunk of the Dry Tortugas that holds Fort Jefferson.

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    Sailing can blow you away

    Weathered wooden docks, all grayed with age and dotted with barnacles, mean the edge of the world for any person whose love of the water has met its equal in the sleek design of a boat.

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    National parks show nature at its best

    The Florida Keys are known for three national parks, Dry Tortugas National Park off Key West, and Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Reserve on the mainland.

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    Spend the day among dolphins at play

    “Who do we have here?” asks John Baltzell, captain of the 31-foot catamaran Patty C, as we approach two young dolphins rubbing bellies and spy-hopping. Baltzell has been studying the local dolphin ecology for six years while driving the Patty C, an inspected vessel out of the historic...

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    Get a new perspective in the backcountry

    If the Florida Keys were a church, the backcountry would be their sanctuary.

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