There’s always something happening in Key West and the year-round sunshine makes it easy to do it all! If you’re looking for a variety of fun things to do in Key West with family, the Southernmost City is a great place to go. Check out some of the most popular family activities on the island.
For a relaxing ride and an intriguing history lesson, hop on board the orange and green trolley. Old Town Trolley Tours are well known for their entertaining conductors who make the rich past of the city come to life with humorous anecdotes and interesting stories. The trolley makes stops at all the best Key West attractions like Mallory Square, the Hemingway House, the Truman Little White House, The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, and the Audubon House. There are about 100 different points along the tour and you can get off and on at any or all of them. Children under the age of 4 ride free!
Take your time when it stops at the Key West Aquarium; the kids can see the sea turtles get fed, pet a stingray and a shark! You can spend as much time as you want at any of the stops, and if you want, ride the trolley a second consecutive day for only $10. It’s a great way to see all the sights and learn about all the infamous characters, artists, Presidents, pirates and VIPs who’ve made Key West what it is today.
If your kids are 7 and older, adventure awaits you aboard Fury’s parasailing catamaran. You can fly together or solo and choose between a wet or dry take off. Fury’s parasailing adventures are an exhilarating family activity. Imagine soaring above the turquoise waters as the warm ocean breezes blow across your cheeks. It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you and your children will remember always.
The Conch Tour Train is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Key West. The train is driven by engineers who know and love the city and enjoy telling stories about their hometown. It’s a 90 minute tour, traveling through historic Old Town and ending up in Mallory Square. You’ll see the Key West Lighthouse, the Ernest Hemingway House and Museum and much more. At the first stop be sure to get the kids some ice cream or homemade fudge; they can eat it along the way!
Ok, it’s not officially the 8th wonder, but when you see the Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson for yourself you will undoubtedly agree there’s no place else like this on earth. To get there, take the Yankee Freedom III; it’s the official ferry of the Dry Tortugas. Arrive at the Key West Ferry Terminal and once everyone’s boarded, they serve a complimentary breakfast. The trip is very scenic; guests regularly spot dolphins and sea turtles swimming alongside the boat. When you arrive, the first thing you’ll see is Fort Jefferson – an amazingly massive masonry structure that has been standing there for more than 200 years.
It’s surrounded by the most crystal clear waters you’ve ever seen and a gorgeous beach.
You won’t believe your eyes and when you tour the fort, you’ll get to see the cells where the Civil War prisoners lived. Check out Samuel Mudd’s cell; he was their most famous prisoner! Kids always love to see the cannons as well. You can also snorkel, swim, fish, kayak and just hang out on the beach; it’s a soft, white sandy stretch that is considered one of the most pristine beaches in the Keys. The Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson is the perfect all-day, eco-family adventure.
Family fun and Adventure is waiting in Key West!
Pack the sunscreen and swimsuits and head south from wherever you are. Key West promises a whole bunch of family friendly fun and adventure that your brood will never forget!