Key West is a wonderful destination for families with children of all ages. Between the great outdoors and the fantastic museums around the island, you’ll never be at a loss for fun, interactive attractions that will keep kids entertained just as much as parents.
Meet the Local Marine Life
Get up close and personal with Key West’s marine life at the Key West Aquarium. Located in the heart of Mallory Square, there are many hands-on experiences to be had. You’ll meet moray eels, barracuda, grouper, tropical fish, conch and sea cucumbers with narration by the museum’s expert guides. For families with animal-loving kids, this is a must-do.
Peak Through the Windows to the Sea
The Pride of Key West Glass Bottom Boat is a fantastic way to see the coral reef and all of its wonders in a comfortable, air-conditioned, state-of-the-art vessel. These two-hour trips whisk your family out to the reef where you’ll view coral formations and tropical fish in their natural element through the boat’s “windows to the sea,” all without ever having to get in the water. This attraction is great for families with young children who don’t yet feel comfortable in the water.
Hop Aboard the Conch Tour Train
The Conch Tour Train is a great way for the kids to spend an afternoon in Key West. These informative and interactive tours tour you around town where you’ll view the eye-catching architecture and learn the fascinating history of Key West and the quirky characters that shaped the island’s personality. The train’s conductors will offer up fun facts and trivia too.
Take in the Sunset
A visit to Key West is simply incomplete without taking in the sunset. Gather the kids at Mallory Square where every night the sunset is celebrated with tightrope walkers, musicians and magicians all with the backdrop of the setting sun. Vendors sell conch fritters and mojitos, and the whole atmosphere is festive and family-friendly.
Flutter with the Butterflies
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is one of the island’s best interactive attractions for kids. Located on the quiet end of Duval Street, this lovely conservatory is home to many species of butterflies fluttering freely. It’s a must visit if you have kids who are curious about science and nature.
White Street Pier & Playgrounds
Situated between Higgs Beach and Smathers Beach, the White Street Pier is surrounded by a gorgeous green park with walking trails and a playground. It makes for a lively afternoon for the whole family with many activities nearby. Enjoy the views and watch the fishermen on the pier hook a fresh catch.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park & Beach
Arguably the most beautiful beach in Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park & Beach is the perfect place to let the kids run around in the sand. You can relax on the rocky beach, hike nature trails and discover the historic fort. The park boasts a concession stand for snacks and a place to rent snorkeling equipment so you can splash around and discover the fish swimming right offshore.