I am often asked what are my favourite places that I have visited on my travels and without a doubt one of my favourites has got to be Key West in Florida. I was lucky enough to visit this quirky place on a cruise from Miami. I have to admit, before I visited I was not quite sure what I was going to encounter. But what I encountered was a place full of charm and really easily accessible.
We docked at the Mallory Square Quay and I found it very easy to disembark from the the ship and easy to get into the town centre. One of the great things about Key West is that it is flat and relatively easy to get around if you are in a wheelchair or power chair and there is plenty to fill your day.
So here are just five fun accessible things to see and do in Key West.
1. Mallory Square and Quayside
This is a really fascinating neighbourhood with some smashing shops, nice little coffee shops and neighbourhood bars etc. it is a great place to watch the world go by and catch your breath before exploring the rest of Key West. Along the quayside you will also find representatives of the various tours, tourist attractions and tourist bureau, so a great place to find out all about the local area.
2. Key West Conch Train
I always say if there is a hop on hop off it is a great way to get to know a place and whilst Key West does not have a hop on hop off bus, it more than makes up for it with a little land train to take you around town. The Conch Train do always have at least one of their land trains that is wheelchair accessible everyday. These little trains are a great way to see the sights of Key West easily and are great if you have walking difficulties. If you are a wheelchair user it is worth getting in touch with the operator prior to your visit to find out the times the wheelchair accessible tour is running.
3. Sloppy Joe’s
If you only visit one bar in Key West it has to be Sloppy Joe’s. It is a warm, friendly and welcoming place. When we visited the bar was really busy and they still managed to find us space, even with my power chair! This is probably the most famous watering hole in Key West. It is said that this was the writer Ernest Hemingway’s favourite bar and that he spent a lot of time in here. There are all sorts of tales about his visits here. It is also the birthplace of the famous Sloppy Joe Sandwich, which I can testify are very delicious. In my opinion it would be a crime not to at least try a Sloppy Joe in Sloppy Joe’s. There is also regular live music and some mighty fine beers.
4. Harry S Truman Little White House
This is Florida’s only Presidential Museum and was Truman’s favourite second home And his winter retreat. Originally it was built to house naval officers, it was also visited by the inventor Thomas Edison as well several other US Presidents including John F Kennedy in 1960 and 1961. The public rooms of the Little White House are ADA standard compliant and contain fascinating displays and memorabilia from the Truman family. If you are lucky enough to take a White Glove Tour of the Little White House you will get a ride in Truman’s Presidential Limousine!
5. Southernmost Point Buoy.
This is one of the most photographed spots in Key West and one of those Instagram moments no visitor wants to miss out on. The buoy marks the southernmost point of Continental USA and Cuba is just a mere 90 miles south of this point.
Key West has so much to offer the disabled traveler. It’s welcome is as warm as the Florida Sun. It is very easy to get around and very flat. These are just five of the most popular accessible and ind inclusive to all attractions in Key West and believe me there are lots more.