I know, I know… it is not a Disney trip, but Key West has so much to offer for your next family trip!
Here is a list of the top 10 best things to do in Key West that are family-friendly.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
A block off Duval Street you will find the home of the author Ernest Hemingway and his famous cats. All the cats found on the property are descendants of his original six-toed cat that was given to him by a ship’s captain.
Key West Aquarium
It is not the biggest or flashiest aquarium, but it is a great experience of fun and learning for the whole family. Your little ones (and not-so-little ones) can enjoy seeing native marine life and even get a chance to hold and touch some of them.
Old Town Trolley Tour
The Old Town Trolley Tour is a great way to get a feel for the city before you start exploring, and if you find a good parking spot you can just use the trolley as transportation since it’s hop-on-hop-off. Pre-purchase tickets online to save time!
During the day Mallory Square looks like a big plaza, but at night it turns into a giant festival for the Sunset celebration! It is also home to a range of restaurants, theatres, museums, shops, and live entertainment.
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
This is a great spot for learning. After entering you experience the entire metamorphosis process and learn about the eating, breeding, and migrating habits of the beautiful butterfly. The conservatory is filled with natural beauty, exotic birds, and hundreds of butterflies that thrive there.
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic Park
Fort Zachary Taylor state park is sprawled across 54 acres, full of nature trails and vibrant coral reefs that nature lovers and snorkelers will truly enjoy. You can explore the fort, go hiking, have a picnic in the shade, or just sit and enjoy the view.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
For our younger children, this center would be a great option. The admission is free, and it has some of the most kid-friendly activities that are offered in Key West. Some activities include puzzles, crafts, and games.
Key West Shipwreck Museum
The Shipwreck museum combines actors, films, and actual artifacts from the 1985 discovery of a wrecked vessel that sank in 1856. There is also a kid-approved scavenger hunt, and guides that share stories of other notable shipwrecks.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Even though the Dry Tortugas is near the bottom of our list, it is certainly one you should be on the top of your list! There is something to do for all ages. The island includes a historic fort and mesmerizing teal waters all around.
Your children join the junior ranger program where they can complete activities that showcase the park’s history. In addition to exploring the fort, don’t miss snorkeling, relaxing on the beach, and swimming in the clear waters. You can even camp there for the night!
This list would not be complete with the most touristy thing to do in Key West. Visiting the Southernmost Point of the continental USA! This landmark was fashioned to look like a buoy and is an iconic photo-op that is also free to visit. But be prepared to wait in line. Everyone wants their picture here!
Whether your family is looking for fun on the water or off, or indoors or outdoors, Key West has a surprising amount of family-friendly attractions to offer. On your next family adventure, be sure to keep Key West in mind!
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