Looking for some fun, entertaining island activities the whole family can enjoy? Key West is bursting with them – here are some of our personal favorites!
1. “Get Out!” — at Lazy Dog
— and Kayak or Paddleboard the distinctive waters & mangroves of the lower Keys! Lazy Dog has the largest fleet of kayaks & stand up paddleboards on the island and is situated on one of the best little pieces of real estate around allowing guests to launch directly from their “office” and immediately be enjoying tidal pools, marine life, & more. They offer eco tours, backcountry snorkel tours, and unguided rentals where they give you an easy-to-follow map complete with suggested areas to explore. Best of all, this great island company embraces a true Key West approach to life —“have fun in all that we do!!” — how can you go wrong!!
For more information, please visit www.lazydog.com
2. “Pet a Shark!” — at the Key West Aquarium
The Key West Aquarium is a fabulous, unique & inviting attraction to visit while in town. It is home to many fascinating aquatic animals including parrotfish, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks & grouper and features a touch tank of small sea creatures that children can touch and feed. Guided tours take place daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm & 4:30pm that include shark feeding and even an opportunity for guests to touch or “pet” a shark! So stop by and get up close & personal with some of the water-life essential to the lower keys ecosystems!
For more information, please visit http://www.keywestaquarium.com/
3. “Touch Treasure!” — at the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
The Shipwreck Treasure Museum allows you to step back into time and discover Key West’s unique maritime heritage and how it became the richest city in the United States. Explore a fascinating warehouse surrounded by booty collected from the reefs. Listen to tales of dangerous wrecks and daring recoveries. Discover artifacts from the shipwreck Isaac Allerton – partially salvaged when she sunk in 1865 & rediscovered in 1985, the Isaac Allerton is the richest shipwreck in Key West history. Kids can even lift a genuine silver bar from 1656 & climb the 65′ lookout tower alerting Mr. Tift of any wrecks on the reef if need be! Gather some real Key West history as part of your holiday & make learning FUN!
For more information, please visit http://www.keywestshipwreck.com
4. “Wing-It!” — at the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
Explore a magical & inviting oasis bursting with hundreds of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. Amid an impressive collection of flowering plants, cascading waterfalls and trees, you will discover a variety of some 50-60 butterfly species from around the world & over 20 exotic bird species.
Visit the Learning Center for fun facts & a rare close up of a variety of live caterpillars feeding and developing their host plants!
Top it off with a stop by the unique, vibrant Gift Shop full of butterfly and nature-related items, as well as Wings of Imagination, the gallery offering original artwork by Sam Trophia for the perfect piece of Key West memorabilia!
For more information, please visit http://www.keywestbutterfly.com
5. “Celebrate!” — at the Key West Sunset Celebration
Join locals and visitors alike for this famous, nightly festival at Mallory Square! Beginning 2 hours before sunset, the celebration explodes with live music, jugglers, clowns, psychics, artists, vendors, and delicious food & drink all along the water’s edge. The atmosphere & view have captured the love and astonishment of thousands, including iconic figures such as Mark Twain in the 1800s & Tennessee Williams in the late 20th century. The Key West Sunset Celebration invites everyone to partake in watching the gorgeous pink & red sun dip into the Gulf of Mexico — it is one Key West experience you simply CANNOT miss!
For more information, please visit http://www.sunsetcelebration.org