It’s time to pack your bags for endless fun in the sun while making memories of a lifetime in paradise. We’ve put together a list of some of the coolest places on the island to visit that includes sharks, sunsets, shipwrecks, butterflies and a play day at sea. It also has the kid-friendly stamp of approval by some of our locals. Enjoy the island experience and family time in Key West.
Five Family Fun Things To Do In Key West:
1. A Play Day at Sea | The Ultimate Adventure
Photo Credit: Fury Key West
Fury’s Ultimate Adventure is just that! It’s a full day (10am – 4pm) water adventure that includes breakfast, lunch, reef snorkeling, kayaking parasailing, Jet Ski, rock climbing and super slides at sea all packed in one 6-hour adventure. There is something for everyone in the family to do on this day trip. It really is a jam-packed day of fun at sea. After a play day at sea it will be time to get back to the hotel for a nap before dinner.
To learn more about Fury’s Ultimate Adventure visits Fury Water Adventures Key West.
2. An experience at Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
Photo credit: Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory Facebook Page
Located on Duval Street, just a few blocks from Southernmost Beach Resort, is the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. It is 5,000 sq. ft. of lush tropical gardens holding turtles, various species of fish, exotic birds and butterflies. We can’t describe the experience in one word so we thought we’d share what others have said: “Relaxing, Tranquil, Sanctuary, Zen Like, Peaceful, Serene, Breathtaking, Beautiful” The butterfly museum gets rave reviews all the time and we know why … it’s another hidden gem of Key West!
The excitement in the garden is contagious when butterflies land on a hand or shoulder of someone in the garden. Who knows, one of the fluttering beauties may just land on you! Take your time while touring this place and don’t rush to get out. This might just be one of the highlights of your family trip to Key West! They have guided tours or you can view on your own. Visit the shop before you head out the door, as it’s a great place to grab a gift for you or someone back home.
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, 1316 Duval Street, Key West, Open 9am – 5:30pm
3. Shark Tanks and Touchables at the Key West Aquarium
Photo credit Key West Aquarium Facebook Page
The Key West Aquarium is a special place and one of the family friendly places to visit during your trip to the Keys. There are guided tours that include shark feeding and the opportunity to touch or pet a shark. The aquarium also has a touch tank that features small sea creatures, including conchs, sea stars, sea urchins, giant hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs that children can touch and feed. The touch tank and both shark feedings are certainly worth working into your visit and it will be one of those memories your kids will be talking about for a very long time.
Key West Aquarium, 1 Whitehead Street, Key West, Open 9am – 6pm
4. History at the Key West Shipwreck Museum
Photo credit: Key West Shipwreck Museum
“You will naturally inquire how we live, and the reply is very simple, by and through wrecks. Stop that and we cease to live.” -Unknown (1840)
We are not sure who will like this better, kids or adults. The Key West Shipwreck Museum experience combines actors, films and actual artifacts to tell the story of 400 years of shipwreck salvage in the Florida Keys. Visitors are greeted by storytellers appropriately dressed in period costumes who share the stories about the brave men who reclaimed fortunes lost beneath the waves – spanning 400 years of Florida Keys history!
There are two floors of shipwreck treasures, dating from the Spanish Galleons of the 1600 & 1700’s all the way to modern day, in a captivating re-creation of master wrecker/salvager Asa Tift’s 1850’s warehouse. One of the HIGHlights of the tour is the climbing to the top of the 65′ lookout tower the gives you an amazing view of Key West. Enjoy the Key West Shipwreck Museum and the view of our island from above
Key West Shipwreck Museum, 1 Whitehead Street, Key West, Open 9am – 5:30pm
5. Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
One of the best places to see sunset in Key West with the family is at Mallory Square. A must see and do with lots of action, entertainment and of course beautiful sunsets.
Expect the unexpected as you will be entertained and amazed by the street performers, magicians, jugglers, Will Soto the tightrope walker extraordinaire, sword swallowers, artisans, Dominique and his flying house cats, food vendors and more. Get there an hour or so before sunset so the family can enjoy all the activity and don’t be surprised if one of your family members gets drafted to help one of the performers with the act.
Sunset Celebration may be another one of those “remember when we went to Key West” stories that will last a lifetime. To find out more about Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square visit Key West Sunset Celebration.
Keep in touch and let us know what you liked best about your family adventures in paradise.