Touch Tank

Touch tank includes:

  • Conchs
  • Sea stars
  • Slate pencil sea urchins
  • Sea cucumbers
  • Giant hermit crabs
  • Horseshoe crabs
Underwater image of a woman grabbing a conch from the Key West Aquarium touch tank Underwater image of a woman grabbing a conch from the Key West Aquarium touch tank mobile
Touch Tank Tour
Meet the residents of the Touch Tank and hear some Key West history! This tour introduces the mascot of the Florida Keys, the Queen Conch, as well as sea stars, urchins, horseshoe crabs, and other invertebrates that can be seen in our local waters. The guide will help guests interact with the animals in the touch tank while describing what makes them so special!
Touch Tank Tuck-in Tour
Help us put the touch tank animals to bed! Guests will learn about the different animals in the touch tank and can even help our guides with the nighttime care routine!

Get Up Close and Personal

The Touch Tank is our invitation for guests to get up close and personal with some of the more familiar creatures found in the lower keys ecosystems. These animals can frequently be seen while kayaking or snorkeling in our nearshore waters, each providing a unique benefit to the ecosystem.

Touch Tank Features

The Touch Tank features several species of whelks and of course conchs, which have become the unofficial mascot of Key West. There are also several members of the Echinoderm family, which means rough skin, including sea stars, slate pencil sea urchins, serpent sea stars, and sea cucumbers. Finally, we offer giant hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs in an array of sizes for everyone to enjoy.

Holding is Allowed!

Our guests are free to handle and photograph all animals housed in the touch tank anytime during their visit to the Key West Aquarium and our guides are always available to assist and answer questions.

More Information

Please contact us for additional information regarding the touch tank for the Key West Aquarium. After you’ve gotten up close and person with our sea creatures, discover even more of the island’s natural surroundings and marine life.

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