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Key West Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

At La te da on Duval, Randy Roberts captivates audieces with memorable star character tributes.

205 Whitehead St.; (305) 294-2116; audubonhouse.com Original lithographs of John James Audubon’s drawings are on display at this former home of shipwreck salvager Capt. John Geiger. Tour the home and the surrounding lush tropical gardens and learn the techniques Audubon used to create his avian masterpieces.

CityView Trolley Tours of Key West 105

Whitehead St.; (305) 294-0644; cityviewtrolleys.com These open-air trolleys offer hop-on-and-off tours that incorporate narration of the history of Key West. Pickup and drop-off locations throughout the island include Clinton Square, Higgs Beach, Key West Bight, the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and Duval Street.

Conch Tour Train 303 Front St.; (305) 294-

At the Cabaret

La te da on Duval features the exclusive and highly entertaining show “Randy Roberts LIVE.”

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hen Randy Roberts was in high school, he aspired to a lifetime career in performance. His experience in formalized drama in a repertoire company led to his performance career, taking him from Norfolk, Virginia, to points around the country and the world, including New York, Las Vegas, Madrid and eventually to Duval Street in Key West. Now Randy performs from 80 to 100 nights a year in the Crystal Room at La te da on Duval—“It was built specifically for cabaret,” Randy says—and moonlights at other performance spaces around Key West. He’s a resident of the Island Nation now, but he’s well-traveled and has accomplished much in his career, including appearing on the TV show America’s Got Talent. At La te da, he captivates audiences with his show of memorable characters called Randy Roberts LIVE. “I call it a tribute to the most famous and infamous characters on the stage, screen and in my mind. Because two of my characters are famous and one is original—Bette Midler and Cher, and then there’s me, Randy Roberts. I created (the character) Randy Roberts because I always loved watching the old TV specials—where the stars told stories through songs. So I created a character that does that. Putting on the dress gives me this mask to hide behind. And people will accept more from ‘her,’” Randy says, using the female pronoun for his character. ■ —Joe Healy

See Randy Roberts and “Randy Roberts LIVE” exclusively at La te da, 1125 Duval Street.

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5161 or (888) 916-8687; conchtourtrain. com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key West since 1958. This hour-and-a-half tour has stops for refreshments and shopping. Sights include the Hemingway House, Southernmost Point and Bahama Village, among others.

Custom House Museum 281 Front St.; (305) 295-6616; kwahs.org The Custom House was originally home to Key West’s customs office, postal service and district courts. It was restored and converted in the early 1990s into a museum and the official headquarters of the Key West Art & Historical Society. Dry Tortugas National Park (305) 242-

7700; nps.gov/drto The Dry Tortugas is a cluster of seven islands about 70 miles west of Key West. The park is accessible only by boat (either your own with a permit, or on the Yankee Freedom III: 800-634-0939; drytortugas. com) or seaplane (305-293-9300 or keywestseaplanecharters.com). Activities include exploring the historic Fort Jefferson, snorkeling, bird-watching, fishing and camping.

The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

907 Whitehead St.; (305) 294-1136; hemingwayhome.com This Spanish Colonial home where Ernest Hemingway once lived and wrote contains many of the original fixtures and furnishings, as well as artifacts from his life. Take the tour and say hello to one of the 40 to 50 six-toed cats, all descendants of Hemingway’s cat, Snowball.

Flagler Station Over-Sea Railway Historeum

901 Caroline St.; (305) 293-8716; flaglerstation.net Flagler Station brings to life the amazing history of business tycoon Henry Flagler’s Florida East Coast Railway Key West Extension. Dubbed “The Eighth Wonderof the World,” the Over-Sea Railroad operated from 1912 until its destruction in the 1935 Labor Day hurricane. Tours include a reconstructed train station, films and costumed historytellers.

Florida Keys Historical Military Memorial 1

Mallory Square This open-air memorial to multiple wars is in honor of those who lost their lives while serving the U.S.

Plaques explain battle information and list the names of Florida Keys military veterans dating back to World War II.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center 35 E. Quay Road; (305) 809-4750; floridakeys. noaa.gov/eco_discovery.html Sponsored and operated in part by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA, the Eco-Discovery Center features interactive exhibits, including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory. Fort East Martello Museum 3501 S.

Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 296-3913; kwahs. org/museums/fort-east-martello/history This Civil War fort built in the late 1800s now houses a sculpture garden and museum featuring a collection of relics from the Civil War. Artifacts also document the wrecking and cigarmaking industries—and the museum is home to Robert the Doll, a highlight on Key West’s trolley tours.

The Original Ghost Tours of Key West

430 Greene St.; (305) 294-9255; hauntedtours.com Take a guided walking tour during the day or night through the eerie areas of Old Town Key West. The tours end inside the only haunted Hard Rock Café in the world, right on Duval Street.

Harry S. Truman Little White House

111 Front St.; (305) 294-9911; trumanlittlewhitehouse.com This historic building famously served as the winter White House for President Harry S. Truman in 1946. Truman later made 10 more trips to the Little White House, which is now a museum focusing on his Key West experience during his presidency.

Historic E. H. Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St.; (305) 295-4369 Once a well-known cigar factory, the Gato Building now houses a fascinating collection of cigar memorabilia, including a massive collection of cigar labels. Rotating art exhibits are also displayed throughout the building.

Key West AIDS Memorial Foot of White

Street and Atlantic Boulevard; keywestaids.org At the entrance to the White Street Pier, the Key West AIDS Memorial commemorates Florida Keysfriendly people who have died from AIDS-related causes. New names are engraved each year on Dec. 1, World AIDS Day.

Key West Aquarium 1 Whitehead St.,

at Mallory Square; (888) 544-5927; keywestaquarium.com The Key West Aquarium is home to alligators, jellyfish, sharks and many other marine animals. It features a touch tank with conchs, sea stars, sea urchins, giant hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs. Guided tours and feeding presentations are available.

The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory 1316 Duval St.; (305) 296-

2988; keywestbutterfly.com More than 50 different butterfly species from around the world and 20 different exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls, flowering plants and trees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY LARRY BLACKBURN

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