When it comes to ushering in the new year, is there anything more fun than celebrating while on vacation? And if you’re vacationing in Key West, Florida, the area’s New Year’s festivities will just add to the excitement of your trip. Whether you’re traveling with your family, a group of friends or that special someone, there are plenty of entertaining ways to ring in 2018 in the Conch Republic. Once you arrive in Key West, you can park your rental car and easily navigate the island’s main attractions by foot, pedicab, trolley or by renting a bike.
Traveling as a Family
Head to Key West, the southernmost city in the continental U.S., for New Year’s, and you’ll find kid-friendly events that the entire family will enjoy.
Nearly 200 short-legged, long-bodied pups and their owners take over the streets during the annual Key West Dachshund Walk at noon on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the official dog of Key West. Because of their little legs, the parade route is somewhat miniature so the dachshunds don’t tire too quickly from the day’s festivities. The route encompasses the 400 block of Fleming Street, the 500 block of Duval Street and the one-block-long Appelrouth Lane in the heart of Old Town. If you happen to have your four-legged family member with you, he or she can be a part of the fun as an “honorary dachshund” for the day. Old Town is easily walkable and bikeable from many popular hotels. Street parking is available nearby, and paid parking can be found at the nearby post office on Whitehead Street.