When we sailed on the Carnival Liberty this past November, one of our ports was Key West.
And while I had visited this fun city back in my college days (Spring Break!), my husband and kids had never been so it was a new experience for us – and we loved it!
Whether you arrive in Key West via a cruise ship or decide to make a full, family vacation to the Southernmost Point in the United States, it is sure to be a great time. Check out these fun places to go with your family while in Key West.
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium
Located on the famed Duval St., Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Odditorium features more than 500 exhibits of weird and strange people, places and things.
From a prehistoric Mastodon skull to a car completely covered in dimes, this self-guided tour will leave you amazed. And always be on the lookout for sword swallowers. Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the Key West Attractions Vacation Package with savings at 22 different locations around the island.
Key West Aquarium
We loved exploring the sea life and learning about conservation at the Key West Aquarium. While the aquarium is small, get there soon after it opens and you’ll have the place to yourself. My Maggie loved hearing the ocean in the conch shells on display. Ha!
Don’t be afraid to put your hands in the water at Stingray Bay – it’s an experience you won’t forget, it kinda tickles and your kids will love it too. Pro Tip: Step outside to see Spike, the aquarium’s largest sea turtle named Spike – he weighs 275 lbs.
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
Located directly across the street from the aquarium, the Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum takes you back in time to 1851 to the Key West shipwreck. You’ll see real artifacts on display and encounter real-life actors dressed in period clothes serving as your guide as you make your way to the museum.
Pro Tip: Be sure to climb the 65 foot lookout tower for fantastic views of the city and watch the reef for shipwrecks too.
Conch Tour Train
For a great way to learn your way around the city, climb aboard the Conch Tour Train. With three stops throughout town, this 90-minute tour takes riders on a unique view of the city, filled with fun facts and trivia along the way.
You’ll see all the sights and maybe discover a few new places too. It was a great way for us to explore the city, especially with limited time. Pro Tip: Children under the age of 12 are FREE!
Pro Tip: Be sure to check out the Key West Attractions Vacation Package with savings at 22 different locations around the island. It’s a great savings and filled with activities and interests for all age ranges.
I’m hoping that we can return to Key West sometime for a full vacation and not just a few hours. There were so many other places I wanted to explore and I’m ready for some more Key Lime Pie.