In the water. Over the water. Under it, around it. Paddle on it, pedal above it. Plunge into it, sharing the experience with kaleidoscopic fish and maybe even sea turtles. Watch the sun set over it from the southernmost point in the country. How do you enjoy the true Keys to happiness? It's easy—just add water.
1 Stroll on an elevated boardwalk above wetlands in Everglades National Park—with the chance of seeing herons, egrets and alligators exhilaratingly close | Venture through the fascinating swamp habitat of a cypress dome | Look for wading birds in the mangroves as we travel from the Everglades to Islamorada.
2-3 At John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, the first undersea park in the United States, enjoy shallow-water snorkeling or view the colorful undersea world from a glass-bottom boat | Maybe you'll spot the submerged remains of an early Spanish shipwreck just offshore | Kayak to the small island of Indian Key or deep into the mangrove mazes for opportunities to view unique animals | Ever hand-fed a wild giant tarpon? Now's your chance!
4-6 Bike along the Overseas Heritage Trail, a scenic 70-mile-long path just for cyclists and pedestrians | Cool down with an iced latte at Baby's Coffee, a local favorite | Sail in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, home to the world's third largest coral reef | You might even see dolphins during the boat ride to the reef | Check out a few of Hemingway's old haunts on a walking tour in Key West's historic district | Looking for the quintessential Key West experience? Join the revelers at the Sunset Festival, brimming with street performers and local artisans.