9 attractions you should visit in Monroe County - With photos & details

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Top 9 attractions to explore in Monroe County

Monroe County includes the islands of the Florida Keys. Although 87% of the county's land area is on the mainland, that region is part of the Everglades and is virtually uninhabited. Over 99% of the county's population lives on the Florida Keys.

Beaches
Kayaking Spots
Scuba Dive Spots
Forts
Snorkeling Spots
National Parks

The park preserves Fort Jefferson and the seven Dry Tortugas islands, the westernmost and most isolated of the Florida Keys. The archipelago's coral reefs are the least disturbed of the Florida Keys reefs. The park is noted for abundant sea life, tropical bird breeding grounds, colorful coral reefs, and legends of shipwrecks and sunken treasures. The park's centerpiece is Fort Jefferson, a massive but unfinished coastal fortress.

Everglades National Park40001 State Hwy 9336, Homestead, FL 33034, USA
10+ Day Treks
Wildlife Sanctuaries
National Parks

Largest tropical wilderness in the United States. The Everglades are a network of wetlands and forests fed by a river flowing 0.25 miles (0.40 km) per day out of Lake Okeechobee, southwest into Florida Bay. The park is the most significant breeding ground for tropical wading birds in North America and contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere.

Fort Zachary Taylor601 Howard England Way, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Viewpoints
Monuments
Forts

A Florida State Park and National Historic Landmark centered on a Civil War-era fort located near the southern tip of Key West, Florida. In 1968, volunteers led by Howard S. England excavated Civil War guns and ammunition buried in long-abandoned parts of the fort, which was soon discovered to house the nation's largest collection of Civil War cannons.

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
National Parks

70 nautical square miles (240 km²) of adjacent Atlantic Ocean waters. The park is approximately 25 miles in length and extends 3 miles into the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first underwater park in the United States. The primary attractions of the park are the coral reefs (such as Molasses Reef) and their associated marine life.

Seven Mile BridgeSeven Mile Bridge, Florida, USA
Viewpoints
Bridges
Notable Architectures

It connects Knight's Key (part of the city of Marathon, Florida) in the Middle Keys to Little Duck Key in the Lower Keys. There are two bridges in this location. The modern bridge is open to vehicular traffic; the older one only to pedestrians and cyclists. The total length of the bridge is 35,862 ft (10,931 m) or 6.79 miles (10.93 km). The bridge carries the Florida Keys aqueduct, supplying water to points west, as well as fiber optic cables, providing telecommunications to and from the lower K

Smathers Beach2601 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Beaches

Largest public beach in Key West. The beach is lined with coconut trees, and is approximately a half mile long.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum907 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Monuments
Museums

Residence of author Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1939, although he retained title to the home until he died. it is now populated by six- and seven-toed cats that are descendants of Hemingway's cats.

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory1316 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Parks

Butterfly park that houses from 50 to 60 different species of live butterflies from around the world in a climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat.

Truman Little White House111 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Museums

Winter White House for President Harry S Truman for 175 days during 11 visits. Regular guided tours take visitors through the site, and one can enter the rooms where the Trumans lived, worked and relaxed. Items such as President Truman's briefcase, books, telephone, and his famous "The Buck Stops Here" sign are still at his desk.

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