Since 1958 this unique train ride has been a popular way to see and learn about the Key. Tour guides tell tales of the ... More
Conch Tour Train
Since 1958 this unique train ride has been a popular way to see and learn about the Key. Tour guides tell tales of the city's legends and history, passing various attractions, buildings and landmarks. This 90-minute tour departs from Mallory Square daily from 9am to 4:30 pm. The train consists of a small locomotive and 60 feet of open-air cars. Admission: $27 for adults, $13 for children age 4-12, free for children under 4.
The Conch Train is to Key West what the Dumbo Ride is to Walt Disney World. Its the old classic attraction of the island that everyone should ride once. It is a little expensive, but the tour is wonderful, and just cheesy enough to remind you that it has been around since the 50s. Its a 90 minute tour and you get to see the entire island and learn a lot about the island's history and architecture. Everytime I take someone to Key West for the fist time I make them start with a ride on the Conch Tour because it really gives you a background and feel for the island. When I got married in Key West I even arranged a private Conch Train to take all of the guests on a tour for the same reason. Its a wonderful, informative tour that is also very entertaining and nostalgic.
It's great, but the same company offers a trolley tour that covers almost as much ground, has the same basic history and information from the guides, and allows you to get off and on at different spots - so you can see the island and stop to shop and eat at a couple of different places ... very cool. You can't do that on the conch train - you are stuck as the earlier guy says for 90 minutes.
I highly recommend it if you like history. Im not too much into history but I loved it. You learn about what old key west was like and if you like pirate stories this is for you because Key West was full of pirates! It is well worth the money and whenever I ever hear someone going to the keys I always tell them to check this out if not anything else. They drive you around the whole island so if anything you will get to see everything on the island (well just about).
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