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Key West Aquarium, Key West

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#1 of 8 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. 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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  • Great location! A lot of fish, sharks, sting rays, and sea turtles to look at. It's small and you can get through it within an hour if you look at everything. Great for small kids and teens they have ...  more »
  • This is an obvious tourist trap. Not a very large facility with only a few tanks, both indoors and outdoors. I have been to much better aquariums before. It took only about 30-45 min to see the whole ...  more »
  • Lots of saltwater fish to see. Each tank has pictures and names to show which species the fish are. A few large sea turtles with permanent injuries live here. An albino Burmese Python is housed here, ...  more »
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  • Nice aquarium in a good spot. Not a large place. Took over an hour to look at everything. We could have spent 2 hours there, but had other places to be that day. They have 4 sea turtles. Three of those are missing a flipper and can not be released. I don't remember the other ones story. Touch tank is fun: horseshoe crabs, hermit crabs, conch, snails, sea star, and sea cucumber to reach in and touch and pick up in the water. A Burmese Python is on display as an invasive species. They have an albino, which is not a good representation of the normal colored ones currently breeding in south Florida. One outdoor area has bigger fish in it and there is food pellets to feed them. A lot of fun for 25¢ !
  • It's a small place. There is a touch tank when you first walk in. The middle of the place has stingrays, a turtle, and sharks. On the side is a variation of tanks with fish. Out in the back is a stinkrays touch tank, 3 or 4 rescue turtles, and the open ocean (you can feed the fished if you wish). When I was there, there was an employee giving people shrimp and he showed you how to hold it so you should feed the stingrays. There is another section that takes you outside to a massive open tank. This a good place to spend an hour or so out of the sun. Its cheap to get into and was fun.
  • It's small, but very well done. They have turtles, rays, sharks, and more. Definitely worth paying a visit if you have an interest in marine line--and even if you don't have kids.
  • We loved the old school feel and the touch tank! It's just as I remember it from my youth. They have made updates but I love that it is still very retro feeling, we loved it so much! Beautiful and educational, and fun!
  • The sea creatures were beautiful but the fact there was no drinking fountain on a hot summer day was painful. No restrooms either. I had GREAT difficulty hearing the presenter with the microphone. Don't expect air conditioning.

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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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