Family Fun in Key West!


In this blog we explore fun family things to do in Key West! The places we talk about are here in Key West permanently and you can enjoy them year around.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlan a visit to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West, the Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Admission is always free, so be sure to stop by for a visit.

Located in Key West’s famous Mallory Square, The Key West Aquarium is one of theaquarium island’s most popular attractions for all ages. Home to alligators, sharks, urchins, jellyfish and many other marine animals, guests can enjoy guided tours as well as animal feedings. Guests also have a unique opportunity to touch a life shark on the tail. For an unforgettable day in key West, stop by the Aquarium and get up-close and personal with some of the most fascinating creatures of of the ocean.

kw butterflyRelax and be amazed as you stroll through our tropical paradise that is the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Walk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the “flowers of the sky.” Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat. Located right on Duval Street in Key West, FL, the Butterfly Conservatory is a perfect attraction for families, adults, and children.

A visit to Audubon House and Tropical Gardens is a step back in time to the world of a maritime pilot and master wrecker in mid-19th century Key West.  Today, the home andaudubon its furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed by a wealthy family in Key West in an era when frequent shipwrecks on the offshore reef created a flourishing ship wrecking industry. A visit will begin with an introduction to the home and its history provided by a knowledgeable guide. Guests then are free to roam the house and one-acre gardens at their leisure, viewing the reading panels that are available throughout the property. The Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts offers visitors a unique opportunity to purchase original hand-colored Audubon lithographs, modern reproductions, and other antique prints, while the Museum Store offers a wide selection of one-of-a-kind gift items and educational materials. The house and gardens are open daily for tours. The gardens also are available for weddings and other events. Please enquire at events@audubonhouse.org.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park covers a total of 87 acres and is a National Landmarkfort zach that played a significant role in the early history of Florida. The fort, built in 1845, served as an important Union outpost in the Civil War. The Fort was again used during The Spanish American War. The west side of the park is ideal for fishing. Shaded picnic areas are available as well as tables, BBQ’s, outdoor showers and restroom facilities. Guided tours of the fort are available daily. Entrance through Truman Annex at Southard Street entrance.


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