Key West is a great place for New Year’s Eve. We are typically the warmest place in the country, which means you can do more than the typical New Year’s Eve night out and dinner.
Key West Dachshund Walk
Every New Year’s Eve, Key West dachshunds (or rather, their owners) celebrate with a parade through town. No registration is required to join in, though donations of dog and cat food are encouraged for the Community Pet Pantry. It begins at noon on the courthouse steps. “Costumes and dachshund wanna-be’s encouraged.”
On the water!
Last Sunset Cruise
Sunset at the Tiki Bar at Galleon Resort
One of the best places to watch Key West’s famous sunset. Live music, great view and the best bartenders… a local’s favorite. Located at 617 Front Street.
Ball Drops and Parties
Dropping of the Conch Shell at Sloppy Joe’s
Sloppy Joe’s will host its dropping of the Conch Shell. The wildest ball drop on Duval Street happens above Sloppy Joe’s, the most famous bar in Key West. Thousands of spectators gather to catch a glimpse of this annual tradition. If you’re not looking for a crowd, avoid this area at all costs because it’s like a small version of Times Square.
“Lowering of the Pirate Wench” at Schooner Wharf
Visit the Tall Ship America 2.0 and experience canon blasts that welcome in the New Year. See the Pirate Wench descend from the top of the ship while listening to some live music and enjoying the festivities at Schooner Wharf Bar.
Red High Heel Drop Starring Sushi at Bourbon Street Pub
From the balcony of the New Orleans House, Sushi descends in a giant red high heel shoe. VIP balcony tickets usually sell out within hours and Duval Street overflows with spectators who party into the wee hours. This is CNN’s favorite.