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Rainy Day Activities In Key West

Whether you’re a local looking for something fun to do or a visitor who’s made your way to the tropical paradise of Key West, there’s nothing quite like a rainy day to put a real damper on things. Lucky for you though, Key West’s treasures aren’t restricted to the great outdoors; and there’s a bunch […]

Family Fun Earth Day Events

Sunday, April 7th – Free Local Sunday* Earth Day Celebration Monday, April 22 – Earth Day Celebration Celebrate Earth Day at the Key West Aquarium with locals and other guests on Free Local Sunday*, April 7th. Learn how you can protect the coral reefs with a fun-facts scavenger hunt, various crafts, coloring pages and much […]

Guidelines for Catch & Release Fishing

Decide beforehand which fish are to be kept and immediately release all others. Fish with barbless hooks or crimp and remove the barb. There’s no significant difference or mortality between catching fish with barbed/barbless hooks. The advantages of barbless hooks are: reduces time needed to dehook the fish, and less physical damage to the fish […]

Best Key West Eco Tours To Discover Marine Life

One of Key West’s biggest draws is the tranquil, aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean that surround the island. The astounding natural beauty found here fosters a unique and diverse marine ecosystem. In the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Florida Straits stretch from Miami past Key West, making it […]

Ultimate Guide To Fishing In The Florida Keys

Among the many great things of the Florida Keys, fishing is by far one of the most popular activities. There are about 6 types of fishing you can find down here: light tackle, back country, deep sea, reef, bridge, and party boat. Light Tackle: the most flexible and almost any species is achievable: tarpon, sailfish, […]

Learn About Key West Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins can reach speeds of over 18 miles an hour. They surface often to breathe (two or three times a minute). Bottlenose dolphins travel in groups and communicate with each other by a complex system of squeaks and whistles, and track their prey through the expert use of echolocation. They can make up to […]

Key West Marine Life You Might See On Vacation

Key West is surrounded by a unique ecosystem at the fusion of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Here, you’ll find the third largest coral barrier reef in the world, much of it protected by NOAA’s Marine Sanctuary, and miles of shallow backcountry sand flats. This environment supports a diverse ecology of marine life […]

Finding Manatees In The Florida Keys

The Florida Manatee is one of two subspecies of the West Indian manatee. Manatees are well represented in Florida’s fossil record. Their remains date back to prehistoric times and they are one of the more common vertebrae fossils known from ancient marine deposits. Manatee remains are also found in Native American rubbish heaps in Florida, […]

Protecting Sea Turtles

When you visit our aquarium you will notice we have a sea turtle conservation tour. In this tour we introduce you to our turtles that have been rescued and are now living with us because they wouldn’t survive out at sea. Dry Tortugas National Park is the most active turtle nesting site in the Florida […]

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