Key West Attraction – Family Fun in the Florida Keys

Key West FloridaA Key West attraction is easy to find. Less than 90 miles from Cuba, less than 10 miles square in area, Key West is a popular Florida beach destination.

Family Florida Keys Area includes the Florida Keys, Key West, Key Largo and Marathon. There’s more to do on this small island than you can imagine. Key West has a busy tourist areas, but there are also quiet, palm-lined streets with beautiful Spanish style houses.

While the numerous beaches and resorts are a big attractions, there are lots of other Key West attraction and family activities on this tiny island to keep the family busy.

Key West’s beaches lead visitors to clear blue waters that are perfect for swimming, jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving by the coral reefs. There are also boat tours, a Conch Tour Train and the Key West Aquarium.There is of course more to the Florida Keys than Key West.

There are dozens of islands stretching out between Miami and the Dry Tortugas, the most westerly of the keys.

Key Largo is famous for its amazing coral reef in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where you and your family can go swimming, diving or snorkeling. Spend your days at the beach sunbathing or local sites such as the Maritime Museum of the Florida Keys. Watch the sunset from a bay-side restaurant to end your day.

Islamorada is home to the Theater of the Sea,

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where visitors can see dolphins, sea lions, stingrays and tropical fish up close. Glass bottom tours are also available.

Marathon is known for its fishing, diving, and boating, as well as the Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys and the Florida Keys Children’s Museum.

The beaches, wildlife and tropical forests in Bahia Honda State Park on Bahia Honda Key are among the attractions that must be seen in this area.

Top Key West Family Attractions

Bahama Village Neighborhood

This engaging Bahamian and Afro-Cuban neighborhood remains relatively untouched by modern tourism off the “beaten path.” Highlights include authentic eateries and a laid-back attitude.

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum

Visitors will be dazzled by the rich booty from local treasure hunter Mel Fisher’s richest find, the Spanish ship Nuestra Senora de Atocha.

Key West Aquarium

At the Key West Aquarium, visitors of all ages will enjoy up close and personal encounters with the sea life. Go on daily guided tours, the shark, turtle and stingray feedings and the always exciting shark petting. At the Touch Tank, guests can meet conchs, horseshoe and hermit crabs, sea urchins and sea cucumbers “face to face”.

Conch Tour Train – Key West Attraction

This tour vehicle looks like an old train, and it takes visitors all over the island for a look at the most interesting spots in Key West. This tour is a must for families who want a great introduction to the most popular parts of the island.

Mallory Square

A major center of activity in Key West, Mallory Square features Mallory Market, the Shell Warehouse, the Key West Sponge Market, Bird in Hand, Caribbean Cargo, the Conch Store, and the Key West Aquarium. Other stores and shops offer local products, including dozens of varieties of conch, Key West’s favorite dish.

Key West Shipwreck Historeum – Key West Attraction

This museum presents the treasure and artifacts from several ships that have wrecked near Key West during the last 150 years. The Historeum also has recreations of Key West life in the 19th century.

The Southernmost Point in America – Key West Attraction

The southernmost point in Key West, and consequently in the continental US, is at the intersection of Whitehead and South streets; a buoy marks the spot.

Key West Ghost Tours – Key West Attraction

These evening tours are a lantern-lit one mile stroll through the shadowy streets and lonely lanes of Key West’s Old Town. During the easy-paced hour and a half walk, visitors discover the dwelling places of ghosts and ghouls and learn their stories.

Key West Golf Club – Key West Attraction

Golf legend Rees Jones masterfully designed this public 18 hole, 6,500-yard course to be a challenge to players of all abilities.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum! – Key West Attraction

Experience “The Most Unusual Museum in the World” with over 10,000 square feet of 1,500 exhibits in 14 galleries on three levels.

Schooner Western Union – Key West Attraction

Sail into history aboard the 130′ schooner Western Union, the last tall ship built in Key West in 1939. It’s available for day sails, sunset and starlight cruises, private charters and other seafaring adventures.

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip aboard the Sunny Days

Located 70 miles west of Key West are the islands and waters of the Dry Tortugas National Park. This park features some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world.

Key West Lighthouse Museum – Key West Attraction

Visitors to Key West’s famous landmark lighthouse learn how the lighthouse lit the way for ships and travelers to the islands for years. The interior is filled with the history of the island.

Bahama Village Neighborhood

This engaging Bahamian and Afro-Cuban neighborhood remains relatively untouched by modern tourism off the “beaten path.” Highlights include authentic eateries and a laid-back attitude.Key West Attraction

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden – Key West Attraction

Key West’s “rain forests” is a world-class collection of rare and beautiful tropical plants and antique botanical prints. The Secret Garden is a great place to relax.

Recommended Key West Family Resort

Located in the Florida Keys, Cheeca Lodge & Spa offers snorkeling over North America’s only natural coral reef; “snuba”, a way to dive 20 feet down without scuba gear, ok for kids as young as eight; saltwater lagoon stocked with fish Camp Cheeca for ages 6-12, is “an award winning marine education/environmental awareness program”.

 


 

For more information on this area visit the Florida Keys Tourist Board.


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  1. Francesca Torrini says:

    (Sardinia, Italy)

    Great Key West Experience

    My husband surprised us with a vacation. He chose to go to Florida Keys because of its tropical weather because from where we live right now, it would be great to bask in the sun even once in a blue moon.

    We stayed in Cheeca Lodge & Spa. At first, when I heard the name of the resort, I thought to myself that it might be a so-so resort. So, I tried to research it online to see looks like. Looking at the pictures in their website, I really fell in love with the place.

    When we got there, my expectations were exceeded. The pictures that I saw was just the tip of the iceberg, seeing everything with my own eyes was different. Everything in there was perfect and majestic.

    More so, the accommodations were great, the food was excellent and the service is world class. My family really had fun. We did some water sports activities. It was indeed a perfect getaway. Someday soon, we are going back there…

  2. Nicole Parsons says:

    (Richardson, Texas)

    I Fell In Love With Key West

    Going there for the first time was really exciting. I never expected that I could go there with my family since we are just an average family and going to such places was really a luxury.

    However, our parents did not want to deprive us with great things and experiences. So, they told us to go there so that we could enjoy life. According to them, “we do not know what tomorrow brings so live your life today to the fullest as if it is your last…”

    We stayed in a fancy hotel with great rooms, service and food. It was as if we were treated like royalty. The beach there was really great and we could not get enough of it.

    We also toured around the area and visited its key attractions such as Key West Lighthouse Museum, Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden, Schooner Western Union, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum! and many more… Our five-day stay there was so fast and we thought that it was not enough.

    We love our parents for giving us a great vacation.

  3. Florida Keys with kids on a budget

    Hi,
    I would like to give my kids, ages 5 and 6, a beach holiday in April on a beach in the Keys- and on a budget.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks,

    tracy

    From the Editor:

    Here are some ideas for the best budget hotels in the Florida Keys:

    Key West is the most well-known of the keys, and also the most expensive. For a truly budget experience, stay elsewhere and drive down to Key West as a daytrip. The drive from the farthest north Key Largo to the farthest south Key West is about 2 hours, so there’s a lot of things on the way to explore.

    Sunset Cove Beach Resort in Key Largo offers a wealth of options, from cottages, suites and single rooms to RVs and Airstream trailers. Amenities include a barbeque pit, canoes and kayaks free for use by guests, and the occasional visit by pelicans and white herons. Rates start at $120 per night.

    For a mid-Keys experience, try the family-owned Bonefish Resort, with rooms as low as $89 a night. The rooms may not have the trendiest décor but you can’t beat the price.

    Located in the southern most Florida Key and in the heart of Key West is the Condos at Seaside. Each unit is available for daily, weekly and monthly rental. With full kitchens and private bedrooms and bathrooms, these condos offer you a home away from that are easy and convenient for Florida family vacations

    • Cheeca Lodge in Key West

      You can stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa. They have great amenities for kids. The place is also convenient to go to should you want to visit other Key West attractions such as the Key West Aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and many more.

  4. Bobby Clarkson says:

    (Graham, Arizona, USA)
    Kids Alert! Where can we bring our kids?

    We have three kids and we would want to Key West, is there any place or resort that you can recommend that is child-friendly?

    • Best Family Beach Vacations says:

      Cheeca Lodge is Great for Families

      You can stay at Cheeca Lodge and Spa. They have great amenities for kids. The place is also convenient to go to should you want to visit other Key West attractions such as the Key West Aquarium, Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum and many more.

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