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A Key deer searches for food in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)
A Key deer searches for food in the National Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key. (Photo Credit: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau)

From new wildlife refuge centers to mojito-making classes, The Florida Keys are adding new attractions for visitors and locals alike.

On Big Pine Key, a new 1,840-sq.-ft. Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges Nature Center is set to open this fall showcasing The Keys’ four national wildlife refuges. Currently under construction near mile marker 30.5, the center will include a book store, outdoor public restrooms, and an accessible ramp. Future expansion plans include new indoor and outdoor exhibits and a nature trail boardwalk. For more information, visit fws.gov.

Lovers of a tasty alcoholic beverage or two can head to both Islamorada and Key West for the newest additions to The Florida Keys beverage scene. In Islamorada, Florida Keys Brewing Co. has opened a new 1,100-sq.-ft. tap room with two brewing systems, each showcasing and dispensing 10 brews. It also has a beer garden. Celebrating its third anniversary this year, the brewery infuses its concoctions with flavors from Key limes, citrus, and local honey. For those who can’t make it to Cuba but are in search of the perfect mojito, the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery offers complimentary mojito-making classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4:30 p.m. Private classes can be booked for five or more people. For more information, visit floridakeysbrewingco.com and keywestlegalrum.com.