Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Key West Sunset at Mallory Square

Mallory Square in Key West is where most people go to watch sunset.  Mallory Square is where you will find the street performers and artists on the pier.  We watch sunset just about every night we are in Key West, and we often go downtown to watch sunset with the tourist at Mallory Square.

Mallory Square gets crowded during sunset in Key West.  This picture looks down the pier where most of the street performers and artist are set up.  And if you like Conch fritters, the little stand you see there on the edge of the dock is one of the best places to grab some on the island.

The Key West Aquarium is open during the day, but they will probably be closed by the time you hit Mallory Square for sunset.  If you happen to be visiting Key West with children, the aquarium is a good stop.  There is also a butterfly garden on Duval, and one of the neatest toy stores in Clinton Square, which is within walking distance of Mallory Square.

We took this picture at sunset from the pier near Mallory Square.  Recently some changes in the pier now allow visitors to walk further than in the past.  If you want to watch sunset where it is a bit more quiet, you might stroll away from the street performers and look for a quiet spot.

We bought a few pieces of local art at Mallory Square, and we enjoy shopping in the art stores on Duval.  Joe actually met one of the artists and got a personalized autograph!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Drag Races at the Key West Conch Republic Festival

In April we traveled to Key West for the annual Conch Republic Festival, and we were very excited to watch the drag races.  The drag races start in the afternoon in the 800 block of Duval Street with time trials, and each queen runs the course, complete with a dash in a Home Depot shopping cart.

The drag queens arrived on a Conch Train to the delight of a waiting crowd who braved the Key West heat to watch the time trials.  After time trials, the pits were open, and the final races took place later in the day.

More pictures from our latest Key West trip coming soon!

Happy Travels!