June Is White Hot In Key West's Iconic Mallory Square

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As the center of Key West’s historic waterfront and the stage for the island’s world-famous sunset celebration, Mallory Square is always a hot destination. With June tabbed as Key West Locals Month, attractions & tours near the iconic Square are offering even more opportunities – and deals – to celebrate the start of summer.

Mallory Square Father's Day Special

Mallory Square has always been the center of Key West’s social and commercial activity,” said Chris Belland, CEO of Historic Tours of America®. “It really offers something for everyone with shopping, dining, attractions and of course, our amazing sunsets.”

As part of Key West Locals Month, island residents can take advantage of several activities throughout June. Monroe County residents with a valid picture ID can gain free admission to an array of area attractions, museums, and tours – including the World Famous Conch Tour Train, Old Town Trolley Tour, Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, and Harry S. Truman Little White House.

Key West Locals Month offers a great way to play tourist in your own backyard. Additionally, there are several exciting and interesting events slated for June inside the Square.

On Thursday, June 8, Key West Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day with a variety of special onsite events. The Aquarium opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Conservation talks, interactive feedings, animal “meet and greets,” games, prizes, and fun for the whole family will take place on World Oceans Day. The Aquarium will also proudly host FKCC, The Coral Restoration Foundation, and Oceana on this special day.

On Friday, June 16, Key West Aquarium hosts another fun and fascinating event called Save the Turtle. Visitors can get an up-close and personal tour of the Sea Turtle Conservation, an area devoted to the rehabilitation of injured Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Kemp Ridley, and Green Sea Turtles. Here, these beautiful sea creatures are free to live, grow, and recover in an environment free of predators or boats – and their health is overseen by resident veterinarian Dr. Douglas Mader. The Sea Turtle Conservation also educates the public on how to avoid boat accidents with sea turtles, in addition to providing environmental safety tips that can help extend their lives at sea. Purchase Tickets In Advance.

On Sunday, June 18, the Square will host a fun Father’s Day promotion. For a mere $1, locals can treat dear old dad to a Father’s Day excursion of sightseeing, attractions, and lunch. As long as dad shows proof of his residency anywhere in Monroe County, $1 gets him a ride on the Conch Tour Train or Old Town Trolley, admission to the Key West Aquarium, the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum and Truman Little White House, and a hot dog-potato chip-and-small Coke lunch at the Island Juice Bar. Tickets for this amazing $1 deal can be purchased at any Old Town Trolley or Conch Tour Train depot – or at any of the participating attractions.

On Saturday, June 24, the Tropical Fruit Fiesta, another great event, will take place at Truman Little White House. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include several business, non-profit and food vendors. Many kid- and family-friendly activities will be available, including tropical fruit tastings from growers, South Florida-based tropical fruit tree and plant vendors, cocktail tasting for the adults, and more. University of Florida Extension service will also be on hand to oversee tropical fruit talks and demonstrations at this unique event.


Mallory Square is the center of Key West’s historic waterfront – and the stage for the island’s world-famous sunset celebration. Historic Mallory Square and the city of Key West both began along the deep-harbor waterfront, and Mallory Square played a vital role in the island growing into a thriving seaport on the frontier of a young America. Today, Mallory Square remains a must-see in Key West. From exciting attractions and informative museums to unparalleled shopping and the iconic and uninhibited sunset celebration, the Square offers something for everyone who stays and plays in The Conch Republic.

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