Things to Do in Key West with Kids
The island of Key West is an outdoor adventurer's paradise. Forget the tiki bars - if your kids love to swim, snorkel, and play in the surf, Key West is for you.
Sand and Surf
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Key West is also a great place for snorkeling. Plan an adventure to Fort Jefferson, home to some of the most crystal-clear water in all of the Florida Keys. Here your kids will spend hours gazing down at the range of underwater life, from tropical fish to starfish and beyond. Another great option for boat tours is sunset cruises.
Local AttractionsIf you're looking for things to do in Key West with kids beyond the beach, there are many local attractions to choose from. The one kids will love most is the Butterfly Conservatory. This attraction offers the opportunity to go inside a tropical world filled with exotic birds and literally hundreds of butterflies. An attraction this appealing will be one that might just lure your kids away from the beach.
If your kids are into spooky attractions, you might want to explore the Key West Cemetery. For a family picnic, there are many parks complete with playgrounds including Bill Butler Park and Bayview Park. For an indoor activity, learn more about the local ecosystem at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center.
Adventures with Kids
Seaplane ToursSome visitors might be looking for things to do with kids in Key West that are a little unusual or adventurous. One of the best is seaplane tours. The Florida Keys are a beautiful chain of islands, and seeing them from a bird's eye view is guaranteed to be a memorable part of your Florida adventure. There are a few companies that arrange seaplane tours; to avoid disappointment make your reservations in advance.
The Key West Aquarium
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The aquarium is open everyday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. It is located at 1 Whitehead Street on the northwest tip of the island, right across the street from Mallory Square. Parking facilities can be found adjacent to the aquarium on the northeast side of the building, though a small fee will be assessed upon entry. Tickets can either be purchased in advance on the aquarium's website for a discounted rate or in person at the on-site box office for the full price. Single-day adult admission will be $15.04 at the box office and $13.54 online. Single-day children's (ages 4 to 12) admission is $8.59 at the door and $7.73 online, while seniors can enjoy a discounted rate of $12.60 at the door and $11.61 on the website.
Key West Shipwreck Museum
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The museum is located next door to the Key West Aquarium and shares the same address and parking facilities. Admission tickets for the museum can be acquired both online at the facility's website and at the on-site ticket booth, located in the adjoining Mallory Square. Single-day general admission for adults is $15.04 at the booth in Mallory Square or $13.54 online. Children's (ages 4 to 12) admission stands at $8.59 at the door and $7.73 online, and seniors can obtain their tickets for a reduced rate of $12.60 on-site or $11.61 on the museum's website.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
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The estate is located at 907 Whitehead Street on the opposite end of the island from the two attractions listed above. Admission prices stand at $13 for adults and $6 for children (ages 6 to 17). Reduced rates for larger parties are also offered to groups of 12 or more. Group rates stand at $10.50 for adults and $4 per child. Children younger than 5 years of age are always granted free admission when accompanied by a paying adult. No reservations are required and walk-ins are welcome. Find out more about the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on their website.