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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. Looking for the most efficient and entertaining way to visit many of the things to do in Key West with kids? Look no further because Old Town Trolley Tours offers parents a relaxing way to tour all the best Key West attractions for kids. Parents don’t have to worry about searching for directions to the Key West Aquarium, driving to White Street Pier and Higgs Beach, or finding parking while traveling from all of Key West’s best attractions. Our hop on and hop off trolley tours allow the parents to concentrate on having fun with their kids instead of worrying about logistics.
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Families love visiting the historic Key West Aquarium. Interact with marine life firsthand with the aquarium’s touch tank full of conchs, sea stars, horseshoe crabs and many other creatures.
Enter the era of the wreckers at the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, where live acting, film and a bounty of artifacts combine to create an unforgettable experience. The museum even affords guests the opportunity to lift a genuine silver bar from 1656. At the end of your museum tour, climb to the top of the 65’ lookout tower with your family and see the whole island. Learn more about Key West’s rich history while enjoying breathtaking views of the city.
Learn about conservation, archaeology and Key West history during a visit to Mel Fisher’s Maritime Museum. You’ll hear about the famous Henrietta Marie shipwreck, the African Cemetery at Higgs Beach, Spanish galleons and the Key West Turtle Museum. Special programs targeted to children are available including a special Night at the Museum.
Guests to the Sails to Rails Museum will journey through the Age of Sail, a time when tall ships plied the treacherous waters of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Florida Keys from the 1500s to early 1900s. These waters were once filled with treasure-laden Spanish Galleons, dreaded pirates, merchant ships and more as the New World made its riches known to all who sailed her waters.
For older children only, Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a one-of-a-kind experience full of bizarre and astounding people, places and accomplishments. Step inside the Odditorium and see a life size model of the world’s tallest man, art made of toast, a shrunken torso owned by Ernest Hemingway and many other unique sights. Take some time to enjoy the brilliant and strange collection at Ripley’s Believe It or Not with your family.
First christened in 1825, the Key West lighthouse is an iconic and important part of the city’s history. The U.S. Coast Guard has since decommissioned the lighthouse; but the museum still stands in memory of Key West’s maritime heritage. Families can walk up to the top of the lighthouse and enjoy the beauty of island life.
Popular with families and located right across the street from Higgs Beach, your little ones can frolic and relax at Astro City Park after a long day of sightseeing. You can even snorkel, swim and picnic at Higgs Beach just a few steps away. Pack your water shoes, beach towels and sunscreen for a fun-filled day at this Key West favorite.
Housing over fifty different species of live butterflies along with colorful birds such as zebra finches and newly introduced flamingos. In the learning center, your family can hear more about the life cycle of the butterfly and watch live caterpillars in their natural habitats. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the bright gift shop filled with unique souvenirs to take home.
The Southernmost Point is a must-do photo opportunity for visitors of all ages. People from all over the world eagerly wait to pose with the Southernmost Point buoy statue, marking the southernmost point of the continental United States. It’s worth the wait, and the view of Key West’s blue-green waters shouldn’t be missed.
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!