Top 5 Places to Visit Before/After You Run the Key West Half Marathon/5K

Disclaimer: I received free entry to the 22nd Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5K as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews!

Things are getting real as December whooshes in, and I’m getting more and more excited about running the 22nd Annual Key West Half Marathon and 5K on January 19, 2020!

Since hubs and I went to Key West as part of our honeymoon trip, I’d love to point out the top five places you should visit before or after you run the Key West Half Marathon/5K. Some I have visited, while others are on my list hopefully for this trip.

  1. The Mallory Square Sunset Celebration: My mom and dad would always try to watch sunrises or sunsets together when they could. It’s such a breathtaking event—both simple and complex. And there’s no better place to watch the sun set like Mallory Square!
  2. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory: I haven’t been here yet personally, but this place looks amazing! And if you can’t get there during your trip, you can view their live webcam to take in some action. Admittedly, I’d probably be the wimpy, shrieking woman who is afraid of the butterflies, but this looks right up the Angry First Grader’s alley!
  3. The Ernest Hemingway House and Museum: If you love literature, history, and CATS, then this is the place for you! I had to hold myself back several times from trying to steal one of the polydactyl [six-toed] cats from the estate.
  4. The Key West Aquarium: According to this site, “Built as the first attraction on the island in 1932, the Key West Aquarium is today home to the underwater residents of Key West: sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical and game fish. Get up close and personal with the animals at the Touch Tank and Stingray Bay.” We won’t unfortunately be in Key West for very long during this trip, but this is definitely on my must-see list if we can make it.
  5. Robert the Doll at Fort East Martello: This is by far the creepiest attraction I’ve seen in Key West thus far! According to the site, “Robert is one-of-a-kind, handmade doll created around the turn of the 20th century. Standing 40 inches tall and stuffed with wood wool known as excelsior, he is dressed in a sailor suit and once bore painted features not unlike those of a jester.” OK, so that I can handle—a creepy-looking doll; but according to legend, the doll has supernatural abilities that allow it to move, change its facial expressions, and make giggling sounds. You’re supposed to ask the doll for permission to take his picture before you do so. If you don’t, you might fall on hard times, such as broken bones, losing your job, car accidents, or divorce. I don’t know if the legend is true, but if you visit Robert, please ask permission just to be on the safe side!

To register for the race and make a fun race-cation of out it, go here and use code BIBRAVE20 to get 20% off the half marathon!

Run on,

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