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Adventures for free or almost free in Key West

Adventures for free or almost free
in Key West

Biking

MM 17 Sugarloaf Key (A residential area)
You can park at the Sugarloaf Lodge and just across U.S. 1 is a great low traffic bike path with a round trip mileage of approximately 15 miles.

MM 27.8 Middle Torch and Big Torch (A natural area, some houses)
You can park in the gravel along Middle Torch Road just off U.S. 1. Almost no traffic with nine turns, lots of wildlife. Mileage is about 15.5 miles.

Bingo/Bridge

Bingo at 801 Bar 801 Duval St. 294-4737
Bingo on Sunday at 4:30 p.m., no cover, proceeds go to local charities, come join the fun as drag queens call the shots.

Bingo at Key West Senior Center 1016 Georgia St. 995-5165.
Games played on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $3.00 per game.

Bingo at American Legion College Road, 294-7374.
Games are on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

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Bocce

Indigenous Park on White and Atlantic Streets in Key West.
Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Played seasonally, starting in February.

Classes

Painting Classes MM 17 at Sugarloaf Lodge 745-3741.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., $15 a class taught by local artist, Jim Salem. For more information, call Miriam at the Lodge.

Salsa Dance Lessons at Paradise Health and Fitness, 1796 N. Roosevelt Blvd. 296-6348.
Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for all levels. Beginners Salsa Rueda from 9 to 10 p.m. on Friday.

Florida Keys Discovery lecture series.
Free programs about Keys history, arts, recreation, nature and culture.

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Flea Market

Big Pine Key just south of the only traffic light in town on U.S. 1.
Open Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon: itís free to browse. Most active during season.

Galleries/Gardens

Bougainvillea House Gallery 12420 Overseas Highway in Marathon, 305-743-0808.
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Housed in a historic Bougainvillea-covered house, this local artistsí co-op is a great place to browse through all types of creative medium (non-profit).

Key West Botanical Garden on Stock Island off College Road on the right side just over the bridge.
This 11-acre, city-owned garden is opened from dawn until dusk and is free to the public. A great place to take a tour, bird watch or just hang out and have a picnic. On Saturday, volunteers are available to answer your questions.

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Movies

Cinema Shores Outdoor Movie 510 South St. 296-2941.
A Thursday night tradition brings out droves for an outdoor movie at Atlantic Shores Resort. The movie starts at 8 p.m. admission is $4.00. Free popcorn.

Recreation

MM 37 Bahia Honda State Park Big Pine, 305-872-2353
Open daily at 8:00 a.m. to Sunset. Cost: $1.50 per person for walkers or cyclists; $2.50 per person in a car; and children under six are free. Marina, dive shop, cabins, camping, hiking, picnicking, and bird watching.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park at the west end of Southard Street, Key West, 305-292-6713.
Open 8 a.m. to sunset. Admission fee is $1.50 per person for walkers or bikers and $2.50 per person in a car. The fort was built between 1845 and 1866. Tours are available. This 87-acre park is great for beach fun, snorkeling and picnics.

Sugarloaf Marina located next to the Sugarloaf Lodge, MM 17, 305-745-3135.
Open daily 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Their great prices include: Bikes for $3 a day, fishing rods for $5 a day, snorkel gear for $8 a day, kayaks for $25 for a half-day, and $35 for a full day and boat ramp fees of $5 per boat. Backcountry charters are also available.

Sugarloaf Sports & Leisure Club MM 19.5, 305-745-3577
Spend a full day of fun and relaxation and enjoy heated pool, Jacuzzi, kiddie pool, full gym, sand volleyball and basketball. Har-Tru tennis courts available for a fee.

Pigeon Key MM 45, 305-743-5999
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pigeon Key Gift Shop on Knights Key (MM 47), where you board the train to take you down the old Seven Mile Bridge. Of course, there is no better way see the wildlife like tarpon, sharks and stingrays, than by walking the old bridge, plus itís free. The cost for county residents for a train ride and tour of the old island is $6 for adults and $5 for children ages 7 to 12. Children under seven are free.

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Running

Key West Southernmost Runnerís Club 305-745-3027
The club schedules weekly runs for fun or training purposes. Itís open to anyone.

Key West High School track at 5 p.m. Wednesday (at 4 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month).
The focus is on running technique.

Sugarloaf Sports and Fitness Center Saturday at 7:30 a.m., on Crane Blvd.
For one to five mile run and stretch workout.

Skating

YMCA Skate Park 3145 Flagler St. (behind the fire station), 305-295-9622.
Two-hour skateboard or inline skate session for kids under 18 is $3. Open every day but Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

YMCA Family Skate Night 305-295-9622
Held at hockey rink on Key West High School Grounds. Skates only. Open from 7 to 9:45 p.m. Cost is $3 for children or adults.

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Swimming

Florida Keys Community College 305-296-9081, ext. 362
Cost is $2 per day. Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. On Friday hours are 6:30 a.m. to noon and the pool is open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Water is heated to 82 degrees and lifeguards are on duty. Special swim team and swim lessons packages available.

Sugarloaf Sports & Leisure Club MM 19.5, 305-745-3577
Aqua natal pool classes. Water exercise classes are Monday at 6 p.m., Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Friday at 11 a.m. Call for schedule. Call 305-744-3370.

YMCA Family Swim FKCC swimming pool, 305-295-9622
Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. Features Toy the Tanker a jungle gym for the pool. Cost is $3 for adults and $2 for kids.

Tai-Chi

Tai Chi for Inner Harmony Sugarloaf Key
Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Call Lydia at 305-745-2811.

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Tennis

Astro Park across from Higgs Beach
Six unlighted courts. Always open.

Bayview Park Virginia Street in Key West, 305-294-1346
Five lighted, hard surface courts. Open from sunrise to 10 p.m. Thereís a pro shop and pros are available for lessons; this is a great place to hang out if you're looking for a game.

Yoga & Exercise

Sugarloaf Sports & Leisure Club MM 19.5, 305-745-3577
Yoga classes are Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. More than 15 types of exercise classes weekly. Call for schedule.

Yoga College of India 812 Southard Street (upstairs in Old Harris School), 305-292-1854.
Classes are at 8 a.m., 4 and 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; at 8 and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; 8 and 10 a.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. on Sunday. Wear light clothing and bring a large towel and water. Cost is $9. If itís your first visit, please arrive 10 minutes early. 305-292-1854.

Yoga by the Sea on the platform at Higgs Beach next to White Street Pier, 305-292-1970
Monday and Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. and Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m. Per-class savings with membership.

Yoga in Paradise at the Atlantic Shores Resort, 304-3277
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 to 9 a.m. on the pier, Cost is $8 per class.

Yoga on the Beach Sugarloaf Lodge with Kitty Herbert, 305-745-3741
Tuesday and Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Yoga at Unity Church 305-745-2811
Yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

Yoga at Pier House Beach 305-745-2811
Yoga postures, breating and relaxation. Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Yoga at Key West Golf Club 305-745-2811
Yoga postures, breathing and relaxation. Saturday from 10 and 11 a.m.

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Miscellaneous

Sunset at Mallory Square
Sunset hour varies with season; Tons of entertainment, no cost.

Key West Library 700 Fleming St. 305-292-3595
story hour on Tuesday and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Summer Reading Program on Thursday and Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Free.

Tea Dance Atlantic Shores Resort, 305-296-2491
Sunday from 8 to 11 p.m. D.J. dance party, no cover, cash bar.

Petting Zoo at the jail on Stock Island, 305-296-2424
Located at 5501 College Road. Open on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Meetings of Key West Writers Guild 305-296-3646
Authors and aspiring authors, published and unpublished welcome at the meetings on the second and fourth Saturday of every month. Meeting is from 10 a.m. to noon at Kellyís Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery at 303 Whitehead St./span>

Wildlife Rescue Center in Key West, 305-294-1441
Come see the birds and other wildlife at the corner of White and Atlantic streets inside the McCoy Indigenous Park. Admission is free (although donations to help the birds are needed). Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Key West Cemetery at Frances and Olivia Streets in Old Town
Take a self-guided tour through our burial ground. Plenty of history is revealed just by reading the tomb stones.

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