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Key West Family Vacations

Is your family ready for some fun in the sun? Turn your compass south and head to Key West for family adventures and memories that will last a lifetime! With so many activities to choose from – like snorkeling, fishing and kayaking – as well as museums and historic sites, the hardest part is trying to fit them all in to one vacation. Give us a call to find out the best places to stay and the most popular things to do with your family!
Explore nature on an eco-tour

What makes Key West extra special for kids and families are the unique opportunities to get out and explore nature. Not only are the Florida Keys home to the world’s third largest coral reef, but our near shore waters and mangrove islands are teeming with amazing wildlife. On Fury’s Local’s Eco Tour Eco-Tour, your family can enjoy a comfortable boat ride through the serene “backcountry,” bird watch while kayaking through mangrove tunnels and snorkel sponge gardens of small fish, all while learning about the wildlife above and below the water.

Feed a stingray and touch a shark
The Key West Aquarium is a favorite for young visitors to our island! Here you’ll find numerous exhibits containing fish and marine life native to the Florida Keys. The touch tank with conch, sea stars and horseshoe crabs is always a hit with the kids, but the biggest draws are the scheduled shark and stingray feedings where kids have opportunities to touch a nurse shark and feed a stingray! Admission is free for kids three and under.

Take a train ride
While the Conch Tour Train isn’t technically a train in the traditional sense, youngsters will get a kick out of riding a “train” on the road. The train winds its way through Old Town while your driver provides fun details about the island’s history, architecture and people. There’s nothing quite like seeing the sites from the comfort of an open air train that bounces along Key West’s historic streets. The train makes two stops that allow you to stretch your legs, grab a snack or decide to hop off and explore nearby sites. Kids 12 and under ride free!

Watch a movie in the park
If your family visits Key West between October and May, there’s a good chance you can have a fun family night like the locals do. On the first and third Fridays of the non-summer months, Key West Outdoor Movies hosts a free movie night in Bayview Park. Kid-friendly movies and cartoons are chosen by popular vote on their website. Bring a blanket and a cooler, or enjoy food and drinks from on-site vendors.

Explore the island by bike
Bicycles are a fantastic way to explore the island, especially the streets with bike lanes and wide, bike-friendly sidewalks. There are numerous bike rental shops on the island that can accommodate family needs. From bikes with kids’ seats and bikes with tot trailers, to bikes with tag-a-long trailers and kids bicycles, there’s a bike rental option perfect for your family!

See butterflies and tropical birds up close
Perfect for families with children of all ages, the indoor Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory treats guests to up close encounters with beautiful butterflies, colorful birds and vibrant flowering plants. See more than 50 butterfly species and over 20 exotic bird species in their special, climate-controlled habitat. You won’t want to miss the Conservatory’s amazing gift shop full of souvenirs, toys and locally crafted artistic displays that you can’t find anywhere else.

Listen to ghost stories
Families with older children or youngsters not easily scared may be interested in one of the island’s several ghost tours. Some are walking tours while others use trolleys, some feature theatrical guides dressed up in period costumes, while others use ghost hunting equipment and gauges. Children are welcome on the tours while accompanied by a parent or guardian, though some tours refer to their story content as being PG-13. Contact the ghost tours with questions about the age appropriateness of their experience.

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