Since 1958, the Conch Tour Train has treated guests to a close-up view of the Southernmost City’s most popular places. While on the tour, your engineer offers an interesting and amusing narrative filled with historical facts, trivia and humor, and recounts fascinating stories of the colorful people that make Key West so unique.
Visit Florida’s only presidential museum at the Harry S. Truman Little White House built on the waterfront of the harbor of Key West.
Journey back to the mid-19th century in the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Highlights include displays and video presentations on the history of wreck salvage in the Florida Keys and the sinking of the legendary Isaac Allerton.
For a historic adventure through Key West, take a ride onboard Key West’s original sightseeing tour, the Conch Tour Train.
As a legacy to Henry Flagler’s “railway over the sea”, the Conch Tour Train has treated visitors to an in-depth view of the city’s most charming, historic and interesting attractions for 50 years… and counting. The Conch Tour Train took its inaugural ride in 1958 and has been offering tours throughout Key West ever since.
The Conch Tour Train departs daily from the Front Street Depot and ends at Mallory Square—one of Key West’s most famous spots. Throughout the tour, you’ll not only see the area’s well-known sights, you’ll also learn about the many residents, both past and present, that make the Conch Republic one of the world’s most unique places. See some of the spots Hemingway frequented and find out why Harry Truman spent so much time on the island. Listen to accounts of how pirates, Indians and wreckers lived, fought and worked, giving Key West its extraordinary reputation.
The historic Conch Tour Train tour is 75 minutes long making one full loop through Old Town Key West, includes three stops, and highlights marvelous sights, stories and entertainment.
The house was built on the waterfront of the harbor of Key West. In the beginning of the 20th century, the home was converted into a single family dwelling to house the base commandant.
The house has been host to many distinguished guests. Thomas Edison resided in the house during World War I, while working on depth charge research for the U.S. Navy.
In 1946, Harry Truman began visiting Key West for rest and relaxation and returned for 175 days during his presidency. Quarters A was the Winter White House.
President Dwight Eisenhower used the home while recuperating from a heart attack in 1956. In 1961, the Little White House played host to President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan during the Bay of Pigs incident. The house remained a living quarters for the commanding officers of the base until Truman Naval Station was closed in 1974. In 1996, President Jimmy Carter and his family, visited the home while on holiday and celebrated New Year’s Eve here with family and friends. In April of 2000 the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and France along with their wives had a private dinner at the Little White House.
Our history tellers relate a fascinating & personal glimpse of the most important man of his time.
Discover the perils of the shipwrecking industry as you journey back in time to 1851. See how the rewards of this dangerous profession made Key West one of the richest cities in America. Artifacts, laser technology, video presentations and live actors as well as a 65-foot observation tower make the museum a unique experience. See and hear film clips, interviews and actual underwater footage in the re-created shipwrecker’s warehouse. Experience the mesmerizing tale of the Isaac Allerton, one of the richest shipwrecks in the history of Key West. Many of the artifacts on display come from her watery grave. Summon all your strength to lift a silver bar salvaged from a Spanish galleon. Learn about Asa Tift and other individuals who made their fortunes in the exciting and perilous world of wreck salvage.
Then climb to the top of the lookout and imagine yourself spotting the wrecks of Spanish galleons and turn-of-the-century cargo ships like the wrecking captains of old. A top attraction in Key West for kids of all ages.
First tour starts at 10:15am.
Last tour departs from Front Street at 4:15pm.
Tours depart at least every 30 minutes.
When demand increases, we increase frequency.
Closed the last Saturday in October (Fantasy Fest).
All schedules are subject to change. Please call 1-888-916-8687 (TOUR) for the most current information.
9:30am to 4:30pm.
365 days a year.
Reservations are NOT needed or accepted.
Duration: 1 hour.
Truman Annex, 111 Front Street.
Front Street and Caroline Street.
Please check in with booth agent for next available house tour. For more information call: 305-294-9911.
9:00am to 5:00pm.
Reservations are NOT needed or accepted.
1 Whitehead Street, Mallory Square, Key West, FL 33040
Front Street and Whitehead Street.
For more information call: 305-292-8990.