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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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  • For a small aquarium, it has plenty to see and read. However, it is not air conditioned and got very stuffy while we were inside. The personnel were very knowledgeable and the shark feeding was very i...  more »
  • Do it! This is a great aquarium that doesn't take even a half day of your vacation to tour. There are interactive petting and feeding shows. Sweet people working hard to spread the word about conserva...  more »
  • If you had the opportunity to visit other aquariums, you'll probably be frustrated with this one. Decadent aspect and not so many species.  more »
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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.