The Florida Keys

Destination distance from Baltimore: 1042 miles, about a 4 hour flight (with stop)<br>
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<b>Why it's hot:</b> Laze under the sun on the gorgeous beaches before going out to enjoy the thriving night life, beginning at Duval Street. Spend a day at Theater of the Sea to swim with dolphins, sea lions and stingrays or take in a marine performance. Stop by John Pennekamp State Park, the nation’s first underwater park, where you can snorkel, dive, camp and kayak. Be sure to get a glimpse of the impressive underwater Christ of the Deep statue before you leave. Take a peek at the Museum of Art and History in the Custom House in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100409040000" title="Key West" href="/topic/us/florida/monroe-county-%28florida%29/key-west-PLGEO100100409040000.topic">Key West</a> provides a several galleries and exhibits relating the history of Key West, including a room on the area’s own <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="8006070" title="Nobel Prize Awards" href="/topic/arts-culture/nobel-prize-awards-8006070.topic">Nobel Prize</a> winner, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002259" title="Ernest Hemingway" href="/topic/arts-culture/literature/ernest-hemingway-PEHST002259.topic">Ernest Hemingway</a>.<br>
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<b>Don't miss:</b> John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000145" title="Everglades National Park" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/everglades-national-park-PLCUL000145.topic">Everglades National Park</a> in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100409030000" title="Key Largo" href="/topic/us/florida/monroe-county-%28florida%29/key-largo-PLGEO100100409030000.topic">Key Largo</a>, the northernmost location in the chain, offers snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boats and a chance to view a real living coral reef.  In Key West, check out the sunset celebration each evening, above, at Mallory Square.
<b>Information:</b> Go to <a href="http://www.fla-keys.com">http://www.fla-keys.com</a>.
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( Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau, Baltimore Sun / June 2, 2004 )

Destination distance from Baltimore: 1042 miles, about a 4 hour flight (with stop)

Why it's hot: Laze under the sun on the gorgeous beaches before going out to enjoy the thriving night life, beginning at Duval Street. Spend a day at Theater of the Sea to swim with dolphins, sea lions and stingrays or take in a marine performance. Stop by John Pennekamp State Park, the nation’s first underwater park, where you can snorkel, dive, camp and kayak. Be sure to get a glimpse of the impressive underwater Christ of the Deep statue before you leave. Take a peek at the Museum of Art and History in the Custom House in Key West provides a several galleries and exhibits relating the history of Key West, including a room on the area’s own Nobel Prize winner, Ernest Hemingway.

Don't miss: John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park Everglades National Park in Key Largo, the northernmost location in the chain, offers snorkeling, scuba diving, glass-bottom boats and a chance to view a real living coral reef. In Key West, check out the sunset celebration each evening, above, at Mallory Square. Information: Go to http://www.fla-keys.com.

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