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Key West Aquarium, Key West

(3.2/5 based on 1,100+ reviews on the web)
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. With our world travel planner, Key West attractions like Key West Aquarium can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • One of the exhibits is to pet a baby shark. The attendant squeezed the life out of the baby shark just so people could pet it. Onto another exhibit they pulled out a conch and allowed the creature to ...  more »
  • This Aquarium has not changed since I visited in the 70's. Nice to see they left the charm. The staff is great and very kind to all and willing to share their knowledge. We enjoyed our time at the aqu...  more »
  • Aquarium in Key Wet is quite small but for sure worth seeing.Specially feeding sharks looks amazing. 
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  • Nice attraction. It's not huge, you can look at the animals and tanks fairly quickly, but be sure to stretch your visit out and watch some of the feedings, they're neat. Kevin did a nice talk while he fed the animals in the Atlantic Shores section. After he was done, he let brave visitors do some feeding, too--so if you like to touch tentacles and slimy fish chunks, this is the place for you! Look for Lola the sea turtle with her prosthetic fin. Also, you can get a combo ticket for this site at the Truman Little White House.
  • The shark feeding and mix of habits really let you enjoy the moment at the aquarium. Great staff and know their thing.
  • Visited the Key West Aquarium during my port stop while aboard the Empress of the Seas last Friday. The Aquarium was very nice with a lot of displays to see a variety of sea life. They had a shark feeding while I was there. When you enter they will give you a guide with showtimes and events.
  • Very cool little aquarium. Lots of touch and feel exhibits. You get to feed stingrays.
  • Being a sea need that I am, I wasn't expecting much. But they delivered well. Great stories behind some of the animals and a nice family friendly setup. The shark feeding was a joy to watch.