There's a lot going on at Mallory Square! Shopping, museums, the aquarium, history, art, food, goofy photo ops, unusual people & incredible sunsets. We did not see it all. We skipped the indoor activities - the aquarium, shipwreck museum & shopping but we had plenty of fun and learned a lot in the process.
The Fun Stuff
Before we visited, my thoughts of Key West only brought to mind the fun stuff. You always hear about the Duvall Street partying, kooky people & crazy island lifestyle. I never really thought about the history beyond Key West's "secession" from the U.S. to become the Conch Republic. Mallory Square is full of interesting history!
U.S. Naval History
"Remember the Maine!"
"The Wreckers" is a tribute to the sailors that patrolled the waters off the keys in search of ships wrecked along the coral reefs. Wreckers were the first responders of their day credited with saving many lives and precious cargo. Salvaging cargo from shipwrecks, or wrecking, was profitable and significant to Key West's history.
Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden
The Key West Historic Memorial Sculpture Garden opened in 1997 and features 36 cast bronze busts of notable historical figures that have made the most impact on Key West. The busts were created by artist James Mastin.
Mallory Square Sunset - Thanksgiving 2020
Mallory Square Sunset - "Black Friday" 2020
"It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream."
Rest up. Tomorrow is a new day full of adventure and there's much to explore.