Key West Aquarium, Key West

3.4
#3 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
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Key West Aquarium is a perfect place to forget your fear of sharks by feeding and petting one. Started based on the dream of Dr. Van Deusen, it developed into the first open-air aquarium in 1935. Exhibits show sea life, including jellyfish, alligators, and a living red mangrove ecosystem. A touch tank allows you to feel and hold some of the marine creatures. The educational program about invasive species is recommended. Add Key West Aquarium and other attractions to your Key West trip itinerary using our Key West road trip site .
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  • We go the aquarium whenever we are in Key West. They have a great touch tank and presentations on the other tanks. Great displays. Kids love it. Right by Mallory square.  more »
  • My guess is if you had little children they'd like it more then us adults. For what it was (small ) I suppose it was more a time killer then a "have to see" type of place. If you love aquariums this o...  more »
  • Learning about the animals that live in the ocean that surrounds the Keys was the highlight of our visit. This is a small aquarium and not to be compared to well-funded giants like Monterey Bay or Bos...  more »
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  • Very small, but I definitely recommend it if you're around Mallory Square. What they do for marine wildlife is commendable. Wish there were more like it....The shark & Atlantic fish feedings were great!
  • We went here with our children and had a most excellent time. There are so many cool things to see also interactive activities. Sure, it is quite small (not much space on the Key West waterfront), but they do a lot of good with what they have.
  • Interesting place. Not huge but the shows are very educational. Wish I had more time. Can easily spend half a day there.
  • Enjoyed my visit to this aquarium. Must visit for children, they'll have a blast. If you fish and know many of the native fish in Florida, you'll learn something new and you'd only wish to drop a line in their tanks.
  • A nice little aquarium that's worth a visit. The staff presentations about the resident sea turtles and sharks made it educational and interactive.

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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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