1) Visit Mallory Square
Mallory Square is a major hub of activity in Key West, and your family will have a great time exploring the Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Shell Warehouse and Sponge Market, among many other attractions. The Key West Aquarium is the first open-air aquarium, and features a touch tank filled with conchs and other sea creatures. You might even be able to watch a shark feeding, an unforgettable experience for all ages. At the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, you can climb all the way to the top of a 65’ lookout tower and gaze out over the island in addition to touching actual treasure. After a long day of touring attractions, watch the world famous Key West sunset during sunset celebration at Mallory Square. It’s the perfect combination of history, wonder and relaxation.
2) Go Snorkeling
Key West is known for its endless natural beauty and one-of-a-kind island experiences. One of the most unique snorkeling adventures can be found at the Dry Tortugas National Park, a picturesque and pristine eco-treasure. Hop aboard the Yankee Freedom III and take a ride out to the Dry Tortugas. Don’t worry if you haven’t snorkeled before, as experienced guides will be there to help you along the way and offer beginner snorkeling lessons. Fort Jefferson is also located here, so you can tour the fort after playing in the crystal clear water.
3) Take A Ride On The Conch Tour Train
The iconic Conch Tour Train has been entertaining Key West locals and visitors since 1958. Ride around the island and learn about the most popular attractions and things to do from expert guides. Key West is full of colorful characters, one-of-a-kind architecture and stunning tropical scenery. No vacation is complete without a tour aboard the famous Conch Tour Train.
4) Explore Ft. Zachary Taylor
At just $6 per vehicle or $2 per pedestrian, Ft. Zachary Taylor National Historic Landmark and State Park is home to one of the most popular beaches in Key West. The park is full of walking trails and places to picnic, bike, swim and even fish. If you want to check out one of Key West’s best beaches with your family, look no further than Ft. Zachary Taylor. You can also tour the fort and learn more about the island’s rich military history while you’re there.
5) See The Butterflies
One of Key West’s most beloved attractions, the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is like taking a journey into a wild, wonderful world. You’ll see hundreds of beautiful butterflies flitting around in an expansive, glass-enclosed habitat. They also have a collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, waterfalls and trees. The Learning Center is home to a bunch of educational displays and exhibits about butterflies where adults and kids can learn about the lifecycle, anatomy, feeding habits and more of these delicate creatures. Fun for all ages, you’ll find a wide selection of unique butterfly items in the gift store, and you can take home one of the impressive Wings of Imagination displays carefully crafted by a local artist.
6) Visit The Key West Garden Club At West Martello Tower
The Key West Garden Club at West Martello Tower is one of the last remaining free attractions on the island. For families looking to see Key West on a budget, this is a great opportunity to make unforgettable memories and experience the beauty of West Martello Tower’s expansive gardens. Learn about the foliage found here, stroll through elegant archways and relax in a gazebo while the sea breeze cools you down.
7) Stroll Down Duval Street
Duval Street is home to some of the best shops, restaurants and points of interest in Key West. Stroll down Duval and window shop, or duck into one of the many iconic Key West bars nestled along the strip to pick up quirky souvenirs. You’ll even see some of the Key West chickens roaming around during your time on Duval Street. For couples, the hustle and bustle of Duval Street nightlife is a popular date night choice.
8) Sail Into The Sunset
Everyone has heard about the majesty of a Key West sunset. A great way to experience it in all its glory is to take a sunset cruise. One of the most popular sunset cruises on the island is Fury’s Commotion on the Ocean. It’s not just a cruise – it’s a concert! You’ll sail out to sea on a beautiful, spacious catamaran with a live band right on deck. The musicians are local and nationally known bands that play non-stop tunes that will get you moving. Everyone kicks off their shoes and dances the night away. The cruise includes margaritas, beer, wine, appetizers and of course the most awe-inspiring view of the world famous Key West sunset. Fury’s Commotion on the Ocean runs every night and sells out quickly, so make your reservations early.