It was great to see Key West and get a "feel" for the place. Unfortunately, the driver did not stop at the thing we most wanted to see -- the Hemingway house -- but whipped on by. He went too fast past a lot of interesting things, making it difficult to take pictures. Oddly, he stopped for a long time at a nondescript intersection to yak about his grandkids. So we weren't pleased with the driver.
I booked through the access desk to be sure my wheelchair could be handled. I was assured it could. We took my collapsible chair just to be safe. Glad we did because the train could not accommodate a power chair. Other than the struggle of boarding and getting off, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour.
If you want to see all parts of the island, and have limited time, (or wish to save your feet,) the narrated trolley is a good choice. You can get off and on at any of several stops if you want to investigate something.
We loved this excursion. It was very informative and gave us time to get off and see the things we wanted to see before heading back onto the ship. We got to see Earnest Hemmingway's home and a few other points of interest.
The buildings, and all the restoration going to preserve the history there is great to see. It really is a beautiful place. I would love to have a vacation there again to see more of the city and explore it even more.
I have been here with other guests and have taken the Conch Train Tour 4 times now. Every driver has different things they tell you-overall-you learn about the history of Key West. Most of the bars/restaurants are open while the ship is in port. Not to far to walk from the ship to any shopping areas.
I booked this tour because it was the lowest price. The tour guide was excellent and relayed a lot of knowledge about the area, but they don't have as many trolleys as the Old Town Trolley company does. We rode the entire loop the first time and then got off to visit a museum. After we walked to the first stop to board the trolley and there was no driver and no indication on when the driver would return so we walked to the ticket booth and found out the trolley wouldn't be leaving for another 30 minutes which wouldn't be enough time to see anything else before returning to the ship. The staff was very helpful in checking on a restaurant for us to see the wait time.
The train allows a jump on/off at various scheduled stops ONLY. This was something we were not told upfront. You might have to wait 15 min if you miss a train for the next to arrive. And you might have to walk 2 blocks for a train stop although the train passes right where you are walking, it will not stop except at the scheduled stops. The tour is good for first time visitors and kids like it.
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