As Southern TravelingMom, I felt that it was my duty to visit the Southernmost Point in the contiguous United States. The Southernmost Point is a concrete replica of a buoy and while it isn’t really the official southernmost point, it is a popular tourist attraction.
What do you need to know before you go?
Although it is just a concrete buoy, this landmark is extremely popular. Many people visiting Key West want to preserve their visit with a photo taken next to the buoy. The line can get long and you may have to wait up to 20-30 minutes. We were lucky during our visit because on our drive downtown, the sky opened up and a violent thunderstorm ensued. By the time we got to the Southernmost Point, the crowd had thinned and we only had to wait a few minutes. I was impressed with how orderly the line was and how respectful everyone was (even if the mom in front of me took five minutes to get that perfect picture of her kids). The buoy is set next to the rocky land jutting into the water so watch your little ones to make sure they are safe and do not climb over the concrete.
Start your visit to Key West here.
Begin your visit in the morning at this landmark and get your picture taken before the crowds come out. Key West is hot in the summertime and the line is not really in a shaded area.
Be prepared to play photographer.
It is likely that you will be asked to take the picture of the person or group in front of you in line. Feel free to turn around and ask the person behind you in line to take your picture. The answer is most definitely no if you don’t ask.
Skip the line.
You can’t really skip the line but you can avoid the line if you don’t care about being in the picture. Stand off to the side and wait for a break in the people to snap a picture of the buoy alone.
Where to go from here?
Once you have taken as many pictures as your heart desires, walk down Whitehead Street to see the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum and the Hemingway Home. From there you can continue towards Mallory Square where you can grab a treat, visit the aquarium or wander through shops.