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Pirate Soul, Key West

524 Front Street
Key West , Florida
Tel: 305 292 1113's insider take:

Don't be put off by the Errol Flynn–ish music piped onto the sidewalk and the hokey gift shop—this attraction is a trove of pirate treasure. Pat Croce (onetime president of the Philadelphia 76ers) and his daughter collected this impressive haul of more than 500 pirate-related items and now display it in a smart, engaging multimedia museum. Look for one of only two extant Jolly Roger flags as well as the only authenticated pirate treasure chest in the world. Adults will pick up fascinating nuggets like the fact that dandyish Black Bart was a teetotaler, but it may be scary for little ones: The disembodied animatronic heads and the superbly atmospheric room where Black Beard whispers the story of his demise into your headphones could shiver their timbers.

Open daily 9 am to 7 pm.

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