More than just bars and cruise ships, Key West, Florida has so much to offer. One of their most special events happens every July and celebrates the magic of this 500-year old community.
Part of what makes Key West, Florida such an exceptional place to visit when choosing which island vacations may be right is the fact that it has much more diversity to offer than any other destination. There are all of the water related activities that a person could be looking for: snorkeling, SCUBA, jet skis, parasailing and fishing that ranges from the shallow flats to deep sea ocean. They have some of the best island bars with tropical cocktails and exciting nightlife, and the Key West restaurants are some of the finest in the world. Beyond that, however, there is so much history, especially when it comes to art, culture and nature, that every year they celebrate that intersection. Hosted in the beautiful and mysterious Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Gardens, the 9th Annual Midsummer Night's Dream and Spectacle looks to be as awe-inspiring as ever.
"Many people have this preconceived notion of what to expect when they come to Key West for a vacation," said Bill Oberon, president of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical garden. "Many of them don't know the history of this magical island, especially the importance that art played in helping it become one of the most sought after vacation places in the world. By hosting this truly magical annual event, we hope to introduce them to some of that experience, and make their vacation that much more of a 'once in a lifetime' experience."
Known as the premiere spot when it comes to destination and island weddings, thanks to such luminary restaurants like the Roof Top Cafe, Key West, Florida certainly has no trouble drawing people to its boats, bars and beaches. As the island popularity grows, however, more people are starting to learn that some of the most important figures in the American art scene spent several years and decades living on this island paradise while producing some of their most groundbreaking works. Authors such as Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams created their most memorable works while living there, and the effect of the Key West, Florida art scene with its bold colors and variety of styles can be seen internationally these days. All of this is celebrated in a dark forest where music, magic and memories await during the Midsummer Night's Dream and Spectacle.
For more information about the Midsummer Night's Dream and Spectacle, please visit the following website: www.midsummerspectacle.com
For more information about the Roof Top Cafe, please visit their website: http://www.rooftopcafekeywest.com/
Jack Terry is a travel and lifestyle writer who lived in Key West for several years.