President Truman's Key West & Old Town Trolley

  • Port

    Key West, Florida, US

  • Activity Level


  • Excursion Type

    Local Sightseeing, All

  • Wheelchair Accessible


  • Starting At


  • Minimum Age

    Information not currently available.

  • Duration

    Approximately 2¾ Hours

  • Meals Included


Explore at your own pace on this trolley tour.

From Mallory Square, walk to President Truman’s Little White House. The Harry S Truman Little White House in Key West was built in 1890, as the first officer's quarters on the naval station. The wooden structure, on the waterfront of Key West, was converted into a single-family dwelling in the early 20th century. Thomas Edison resided here during World War I, working on depth-charge research. In 1946, Harry Truman began visiting the island the ‘Winter White House’ and returned for 175 days of his presidency. President Dwight Eisenhower used the home while recuperating from a heart attack in 1956. In 1961, the Little White House played host to President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan during the Bay of Pigs incident. In 1996, President Jimmy Carter celebrated New Year's Eve here with family and friends. In 2000, the Joint Chiefs of Staff for Great Britain, Germany, the USA, and France had a private dinner at the Little White House. In 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell opened peace talks in this house between the representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan. In 2005, President Bill Clinton and then-Senator Hillary Clinton enjoyed a tropical respite in the Little White House.

When you’re ready, walk back to Mallory Square to join the original hop-on/hop-off Old Town Trolley tour. This fully narrated 90-minute circuit of beautiful Key West offers 11 stops where you can hop off and on.

Step back in time on a journey to the early days of Key West with stories of pirates, wreckers, salvagers, cigar manufacturing, sponging and many other true stories. You will be introduced to the people who helped form Key West’s history -- private individuals such as Eduardo Gato and Governor Duval, and public figures including Presidents Truman and Kennedy.

Pass historic homes, the unique harbor, the southernmost point in the continental USA and many other points.

Disembark and re-board the trolley at your leisure.

The trolley portion is an unguided tour that you can tackle at your own pace.


The walk from Mallory Square to the Little White House is two city blocks -- wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and a hat.