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Top 7 Best Attractions in Key West You Can’t-Miss

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Florida is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. In fact, did you know that over 130 million people from all over the world visited Florida in 2019 alone?

There are dozens of vacation destinations in the Sunshine State, but one of the best is none other than the southernmost point of the country, Key West. And within Key West are dozens more attractions to choose from!

If you’re planning a vacation to this tropical paradise, you’ll need to have a must-see list in advance; otherwise, you might miss something amazing! To help you do just that, we’ve compiled a list of 7 of the most spectacular attractions to see when visiting Key West.

 

Keep reading to learn more!

Top 7 Best Attractions in Key West

1. Shipwreck Treasure Museum

For the pirate and maritime history enthusiasts out there, the Shipwreck Treasure Museum is an absolute must. In the 1800s, salvaging cargo from shipwrecks was a major part of the economy in Key West.

Wreckers would stand at the top of observation towers (similar to the one featured in the museum), watching for sinking ships. The first wreckers to arrive at the shipwreck claimed the largest portion of the profits.

Upon your arrival, you’ll enter through the doors of a 19th century wrecker’s warehouse replica. Inside you’ll find artifacts from shipwrecks, educational storytelling shows, and film and videos on everything to do with the dangerous wrecking industry.

2. Tortugas National Park

If you’re in search of the ultimate water adventure, look no further than Tortugas National Park. Here you’ll discover snorkeling and kayaking tours, as well as glass bottom boat excursions.

Tortugas National Park is an archipelago, meaning it’s made up of many small islands – seven, to be exact. When they were discovered by Ponde de Leon in 1513 and were given the name “tortugas”, the Spanish word for turtles, due to the astounding number of sea turtles he saw in the area.

Though you can find discounted stays at Disney’s Key West through Old Key West DVC, you won’t find anything like the natural wonders of the real Key West in Orlando.

3. Key West Aquarium

The nearly century-old Key West Aquarium is a unique experience, as it was one of the first open-air aquariums built in the United States. A roof has since been added to control the algae in the exhibits, but the structure still has that open-air feel.

There are several outdoor holding pens containing the largest of the sea creatures, and inside you’ll find a wide variety of local marine life, such as puffer fish and barracuda. The children (and the young at heart) in your group will love the touch tank exhibit, and if you’re brave, you can even get up close and personal with a nurse shark!

4. Southernmost Point

The town of Key West is known as the southernmost point in the continental United States. But if you want to be able to say you went to the exact southernmost spot, head down to the red, yellow, and black concrete marker on the corner of Whitehead and South streets.

And no, you won’t be going just to see a concrete cone, though it does provide an excellent photo opportunity. This street corner is also full of vendors and performers selling their wares and showing off their talents.

For another photo op, head over to the US1 Mile 0 marker. This spot marks the beginning of highway 1, which runs all the way from Key West to Maine, stretching almost 2,400 miles along the way.

5. Key West Lighthouse

No historic seaside town is complete without a lighthouse, and Key West is no exception. Be sure to include the Key West Lighthouse on your list of what to do in Key West, as it’s truly a sight to behold.

Built in 1847, this 86 foot tall structure provides stunning views of the ocean. Though it ceased operation in 1969, the keeper’s quarters and lense remain intact. And inside, you’ll find furniture and household items that reflect those that once belonged to those faithful 19th and 20th century lighthouse keepers.

6. Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

If you’re traveling with family, you can’t miss the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. This glass conservatory houses more than 50 different species of butterflies, as well as over 20 species of exotic birds, all of which you can walk among freely.

Children will have fun learning about metamorphosis as they enjoy the caterpillar viewing area, where they’ll see real caterpillars going through their transformations to butterflies.

7. Ernest Hemingway Museum

When you need a break from the Florida heat, take a trip to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. The home was built in 1851 and the renowned author purchased it in 1931. Hemingway spent nearly every penny he had on the superb home, which features a tropical garden and saltwater pool.

The interior has been restored and displays the 17th and 18th century furniture Hemingway used to decorate his home. In the grounds, you might see a cat or two, as more than 40 descendants of Hemingway’s house cats still call the property home.

Get the Most Out of Your Trip to Key West with These Attractions

Key West, Florida is packed with amazing things to see and do. With all of the attractions in Key West, it can be tough to choose which ones to include in your trip!

When making your must-see list, start with these 7 spots. You’ll get a taste of a little bit of everything Key West has to offer, including some hidden treasures of this gorgeous beach town.

For more travel tips and tricks, take a look at our blog!

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What could you order from Ansett Airlines’ inflight bar in the early 1970s?

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People have always liked to drink on board flights, especially people from Australia. Therefore, it should be no surprise to anyone that there was an inflight bar offering in the 1970s.

Ansett Airlines were a major player in the Australian domestic market up until their demise in September 2001. For many years, there were two domestic airlines, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA) and Ansett.

Ansett’s Inflight Bar

At the time, Ansett operated Boeing 727s, Douglas DC-9s and Fokker F27 Friendships on domestic routes in the country. Airline tickets were quite expensive, with tariffs agreed upon by both airlines thanks to Australia’s weird two-airline policy at the time.

While tickets were expensive and food complimentary, you still had to pay for a drink at the bar. Here is an inflight bar menu from the era, showing the drinks available and their prices.

Clearly the pricing is astounding by today’s standards – 30 cents for a beer? I’ll have thirty-three please! I like how Australian gin is 35c while the imported gin is just 5c more. Which would you choose?

You can tell it is from another era as you can buy cigarettes on board. These price up at 45c, a far cry from the extortionate prices people in the west pay these days for a smoke!

Overall Thoughts

The on board offering is pretty comprehensive for internal flights, and I imagine you’d be hard pressed not to find something you might like. In those times, all payments would have been by cash as well, which would have meant a lot of coinage being handled on board.

Of course, things haven’t changed too much over the years. On many airlines you pay for your drinks just as they did back in the 1970s. Shame the prices aren’t the same of course!

Did you ever buy drinks on board flights from the inflight bar back in the day? Do you still? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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Published Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 15:03:14 +0000

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These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?

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The shrimp stop swimming at dusk and gather near the river’s edge. After sunset, they begin to climb out of the water. Then they march. All night long, the inch-long crustaceans parade along the rocks.

The parading shrimp of northeastern Thailand have inspired legends, dances and even a statue. (Locals also eat them.) During the rainy season, between late August and early October, tourists crowd the riverbanks with flashlights to watch the shrimp walk.

Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp first learned about the parading shrimp, and the hundred thousand or more tourists who come each year to see them, about 20 years ago. When he started studying biology, he returned to the topic. “I realized that we know nothing about this,” he said: What species are they? Why and how do they leave the safety of the water to walk upstream on dry land? Where are they going?

Mr. Hongjamrassilp, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, decided to answer those questions himself. His findings appeared this month in the Journal of Zoology.

Working with wildlife center staff members, Mr. Hongjamrassilp staked out nine sites along a river in Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province. They found shrimp parading at two of the sites — a stretch of rapids, and a low dam.

The videos they recorded revealed that the shrimp paraded from sundown to sunup. They traveled up to 65 feet upstream. Some individual shrimp stayed out of the water for 10 minutes or more.

“I was so surprised,” Mr. Hongjamrassilp said, “because I never thought that a shrimp can walk that long.” Staying in the river’s splash zone may help them keep their gills wet, so they can keep taking in oxygen. He also observed that the shells of the shrimp seem to trap a little water around their gills, like a reverse dive helmet.

DNA analysis from captured shrimp showed that nearly all belonged to the species Macrobrachium dienbienphuense, part of a genus of shrimp that live mostly or fully in freshwater. Many Macrobrachiumspecies spend part of their lives migrating upstream to their preferred habitats.

Most parading shrimp that Mr. Hongjamrassilp captured were young. Observations and lab experiments showed that these shrimp probably leave the water when the flow becomes too strong for them. Larger adult shrimp can handle a stronger current without washing away, so they’re less likely to leave the water.

Walking on land is dangerous for the little shrimp, even under cover of darkness. Predators including frogs, snakes and large spiders lurk nearby, Mr. Hongjamrassilp says. “Literally, they wait to eat them along the river.”

And the shrimp can survive on land for only so long. If the parading crustaceans lose their way, they may dry out and die before they get back to the river. A few times, Mr. Hongjamrassilp came across groups of lost shrimp dead on the rocks, their once-translucent bodies baked pink.

Yet most navigate upstream successfully, and scientists have spotted other freshwater shrimp around the world performing similar feats, scaling dams and even climbing waterfalls.

Leaving the water when the swimming gets tough may have helped these animals spread to new habitats over their evolutionary history, Mr. Hongjamrassilp said. Today, the number of parading shrimp in Thailand seems to be declining. He thinks tourist activity may be a factor, and learning more about the shrimp might help protect them.

The study’s authors made “some really excellent observations,” said Alan Covich, an ecologist at the University of Georgia who was not involved in the research. But understanding why the Ubon Ratchathani shrimp move upstream, and how far they travel, will require more research, he said.

“The most surprising thing to me was that it attracted so many tourists,” Dr. Covich said. He doesn’t know of any other example of people gathering to appreciate a crustacean in quite the same way.

“We have crayfish festivals, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Covich said, “but generally it’s people eating them, not watching them move.”

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Title: These Shrimp Leave the Safety of Water and Walk on Land. But Why?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/11/18/science/shrimp-parade-thailand.html
Published Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:02:07 +0000

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Will Aer Lingus launch transatlantic flights from Manchester?

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There are reports that Aer Lingus have applied for 1,500 slots at Manchester Airport for the Summer 2021 season. This will allow the airline to base four aircraft there and service flights to the United States.

At present, there have been no press releases from the airline stating what is going on. Even so, it probably makes sense for the Irish airline to do this in the current market.

Aer Lingus And Manchester

From what is known, there will be three Airbus A321LRs and an A330 based at Manchester. These will operate non-stop services to New York JFK, Boston, Chicago and Orlando, and the season starts on 28 March 2021.

With Thomas Cook having gone out of business, there is likely space for another competitor. New York and Orlando will see competition from Virgin Atlantic, while the other two routes have no airline flying at the moment.

Aer Lingus has been connecting passengers over Dublin very successfully from the UK regions for a while now. Due to this, they will have visibility on traffic patterns, potential yields and more, making this an informed decision.

I imagine they also hope to cream off some of the connecting traffic that routes through London Heathrow on British Airways and Amsterdam on KLM among others. It would prove to be quite successful.

Transatlantic Joint Venture Approval

The US Department of Transport has tentatively given its approval for Aer Lingus to join the oneworld transatlantic joint business. This is operated by American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia and Finnair.

These airlines coordinate schedules and pricing, share revenues and expenses. For the consumer, it means more choice – those making a booking on British Airways across the Atlantic will also see options on American Airlines on the BA web site as one example.



Theoretically, it would allow people seeking flights on the British Airways web site to automatically be given options to fly non-stop with Aer Lingus, along with the Manchester-London Heathrow-US city connecting itinerary.

Whether Aer Lingus will join the oneworld alliance, even in a oneworld connect capacity remains to be seen. Frequent flyers would welcome it, especially those in Ireland.

Overall Thoughts

No doubt the boffins have been working behind the scenes to see if the business case for transatlantic flights from Manchester stack up. As things have proceeded as far as a slot application, I would guess chances are good that it will go ahead.

Either way, let’s see if this happens and if it does, whether Aer Lingus will stay for the long haul. If they can make more money elsewhere, they’ll up sticks and leave. Regardless, it is an interesting development in European aviation.

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