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,
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.
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
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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