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Family Friendly Trip Ideas – Key West

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 

Ernest Hemingway House cats


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 

Key West AquariumIt 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 

Old Town Trolley Tour Key West

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!

Mallory Square 

Mallory Square

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 

Key West Butterfly 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 National 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 

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 

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!

Southernmost Point 

Southern Most Point

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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Jamie Rumph
Jamie Rumph
Hi, I'm Jamie, traveling mama, entrepreneur, and travel advisor. I'm addicted to Disney, traveling and exploring the world with my family, and have a passion for helping families experience the magic of travel. My home is filled with love and chaos, 2 crazy girls, 2 large dogs, and the most spectacular architect and Disney Cast Member I call my husband. We live in Florida and spend our weekends playing at Orlando's many theme parks and visiting the beach. In 2015, after helping numerous families plan their vacations to various Disney Destinations, I started a blog to answer all of the many travel questions I received daily. In 2016, the blog grew into a travel agency, and Love of the Magic Vacations was born. With a team of nearly 20, we spend our days creating family vacations around the world. What started as a blog is now a full service, worldwide vacation destination planning service. I create custom itineraries for each of my clients that not only meets but exceeds expectations. There is no greater gift than making memories while sharing the world and its cultures with your kids.


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