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Key West Ernest Hemingway House & Tour Excursion Reviews

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Journey inside Ernest Hemingway’s book-filled writing studio on a tour of his home and property.

shiner6

4 reviews

Liked the tour-The narrator helped immensely.


Provider: Independent Operator

candle in the wind

1 review

Well worth the visit. Tour guide at house very engaging.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

da_p-potts

1 review

Excellent guide! Recommended.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

kneedoc

2 reviews

Informative and enjoyable. Lots of walking.


Provider: Celebrity Cruises

celtic1950

1 review

Lovely home and lovely gardens. The tour guide was funny and informative!

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

robint1956

1 review

Interesting and fun for a short while.

Provider: Independent Operator

deserttreehouse

2 reviews

This tour is completely on foot throughout a large area of town, so pls be aware that you should be in pretty fair shape to take this walking tour. The tour guides at the house will give you more info about Mr. Hemingway than you ever wanted to know ;) Key West is super muggy with beautiful flowers. The tour ends at Sloppy Joe's, where the staff, entertainment, food, and beer are a blessing, indeed. We enjoyed the tour and recommend it. Tip: I would make an effort to get to a beach, as well, if I had it to do over again.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

justice4nathan

1 review

Great excursion, a lot of history and great sights along the way! Requires a little walking so make sure you wear comfortable shoes.

Provider: Carnival Cruise Lines

LandlockedCruiser01

2 reviews

I originally scheduled a Hemingway Museum and Sloppy Joes excursion, but it was canceled. I planned to stay on the ship at first, but a fellow passenger convinced me to go into town and walk around. So I did. Imagination docks at Outer Mole, a US Navy port, so you have to take a shuttle into town. The shuttle drops you off at a downtown area. A worker at a boat rental place was nice enough to give me a map of old Key West and mark it up with places I asked him about. STREETS OF KEY WEST Think of the town as Old West meets Caribbean. There are a lot of old buildings with quirky architecture and many eclectic shops. Many of them are tourist-oriented, but not in an in-your-face touristy kind of way. For example, there's a Walgreen's store situated in a former theater building. Store workers are very nice and helpful to tourists, and there are even tourist information booths along Duval Street, which is where I spent most of my time. Make sure to try the chocolate-covered key lime pie on a stick; I wish I could remember where I bought it. The pie was creamy and flavorful, and the chocolate was really good, nothing like the Hershey kind. It rained the day I was there, but that did not stop me or most other ship passengers. It was fun to watch many people walk around in Carnival ponchos around the streets. HEMINGWAY HOME AND MUSEUM This was the house where Ernest Hemingway actually lived with one of his wives. The building has Southern Colonial or New Orleans architecture style, with ground-to-roof columns and wraparound porches. Inside, there are rooms looking just as they did in the late 1800's. There's also a swimming pool commissioned by Hemingway himself, the first one in Key West. There are cats virtually everywhere: under bushes, on benches, and one was even sleeping on top of an HP printer. You're allowed to pet the cats but not pick them up. SLOPPY JOES This old bar is very mellow and laid back, and so are its workers. There are bands playing country music, but there was still a lot of people there. Various country's flags hang on the ceiling. During the worst part of the rain, I took cover in this bar, and I'm glad I did. I loved the atmosphere.

Provider: Independent Operator

pal6123

1 review

We did a hop on/hop off trolley tour and bought our tickets at the Hemingway house. $12 each and was interesting. Found out I don't like the man very much, but good house.

Provider: Independent Operator

Dolfan2681

1 review

We walked in on our own but didn't do the tour. Explored the grounds ourselves and met lots of friendly kitties. The property was well maintained and the staff were very nice and knowledgeable. Bring your camera and don't be shy!

Provider: Independent Operator

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