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Mallory Square - Key West
Several years ago we decided to go down the Florida Keys and stay at Key West for a couple of nights. There is a fabulous laid back atmosphere here and fun to be had in Mallory Square day or night, spring, summer, autumn or winter you will find there is always something to enjoy.
Mallory Square is known for good times, fun crowds and carefree celebrations but you need to go there to truly understand its atmosphere.
It has been known for centuries as a waterfront full of activity and has been a focal point of Key West since the very beginning. When pirates originally lived in the city trying to make their fortunes on the ocean it was here that they stayed and could be seen in the local watering holes and hotels.
Over more recent years Mallory Square has become known for its collection of unique shops, artists, performers and locals who now frequent the city.
During the day you can visit the Sponge Market which has a museum that describes, through video, artifacts, and pictures, the ongoing native sponge trade of gathering, cleaning and use of sponges of yesterday and today. In the market you will also find unique gifts and souvenirs such as lighthouses, ships and models, antique bottle reproductions, Key West house collectibles as well as local art.
Visit the Shell Warehouse and you will see thousands of unusual, rare and interesting shells, jewelry, artwork and decorations that will remind you of your visit to Key West. The Warehouse can be found Asa Tift' s 1851 ice house, one of the first buildings in Key West, next door to the Chamber of Commerce.
There is always something happening in Mallory Square. You can wander through some of the shops and galleries or stop and drink and/or eat in at one of the many restaurants or bars. You can even chat to the locals they will be happy to tell you why they think Key West is really heaven.
Mallory Square is perhaps most well known for its world-famous view of the fantastic sunset and the endless celebrations that take place in the Square at sunset every evening. We have seen sunsets in many of Florida’s costal resorts but none is as spectacular as Mallory Square.
This waterfront full of history comes alive late afternoon and continues into the night every day of the year. You can see tightrope walkers, fire-eaters, jugglers, musicians and artists take to the stage. They love showing off their skills and thrilling the crowds.
There are plenty of local food vendors with lovely Key West specialties like conch fritters, key lime pie and fresh-squeezed key lime-aid.
Enjoy your visit.
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