From Key Largo to Key West, the performing arts flourish, and one of the most notable theatres is the Marathon Community Theatre, which presents live theatre and art exhibits for the Florida Keys community. Marathon is also home to theFlorida Keys Celtic Festival and the Pigeon Key Art Festival. The Celtic Festival brings live Celtic bands, Irish and Scottish dancing, Highland athletics, sheepdog herding, and Celtic food and beer to the Keys. The Pigeon Key Art Festival is a yearly fundraiser for the tiny island of historic Pigeon Key. It is a nationally recognized outdoor fine arts festival that showcases the works of over 80 of the finest artists and craftsmen in the world, offering visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists.
One of the best times to find yourself in the Keys is during the winter months, and if you are visiting the Keys at the end of November, the Big Pine & Lower Keys Island Art Festival is a must-see cultural attraction. The event is supported by local artists and features distinctive island arts and crafts. Local musicians serenade guests and put visitors in the holiday spirit while they shop. Another way to continue to explore the works of local artists in the Lower Keys is by making a visit to the Artists in Paradise Gallery, which is a vibrant co-op of artists working in the Lower Keys offering fine art in sculpture, painting, photography, glass, and fine crafts.
Rare and Unique Bird Species Can Be Spotted in the Florida Keys.Wildlife enthusiasts can launch their kayak or canoe along the beautiful beach ofBahia Honda State Park. Paddle along the edges of the uninhabited mangroves and you are almost sure to see egrets, herons, kingfishers, and white-crowned pigeons among other migratory and shallow-water bird life.
Don’t Miss: Experience Ernest Hemingway’s Key West
It’s also this island atmosphere that brought the literary great Ernest Hemingway to reside in Key West. The Keys’ inspirational ambiance proved instrumental for some of his most famous works, including “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “To Have and Have Not” and “The Snows of Kilimanjaro.” He and his second wife, Pauline, arrived for the first time in 1928, and quickly fell in love with Key West, residing at the infamous 907 Whitehead Street until they divorced in 1940. During this time they developed the property that would become The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, a prized landmark and a favorite retreat for visitors to experience the Florida Keys through the eyes of Ernest Hemingway.
With so many remarkable experiences stretching from Key Largo to Key West, the Florida Keys are an ideal international destination for those interested in a cultural and artistic experience unlike anywhere else in the world.
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