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Family Friendly Attractions in Key West

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The southernmost island of the US, Key West’s a playground for families looking for some fun in the sun. Little ones will enjoy splashing around in crystal-clear turquoise shallows, and for the odd tropical storm-soaked day there are plenty of family attractions to amuse and entertain.

 

Museums

 

Despite being a sun-drenched paradise island with a Caribbean vibe, Key West has more to offer than relaxing island life. This cool, eclectic spot’s home to some fab museums, perfect for when you need respite from the soaring heat.

 

Florida Keys – Eco Discovery Center

 

A replica of the Aquarius undersea laboratory isn’t the only colorful offering at this fun-filled center. You can also discover appealing exhibits explaining the importance of the unique ecosystems of the Keys including its mangroves, beaches, and marine life. The free admission makes it purse-friendly, too.

 

35 East Quay Road, Key West FL 33040. Tel:+1 305 809 4750

 

Florida Keys – Eco Discovery Center website
Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum

 

Part museum, part interactive reenactment, this museum’s a place to step back in time and learn about the island’s maritime heritage. Join "wreckers" dressed in period costumes reliving the adventures of Key West’s early pioneers, and don’t miss a trip up the 65-foot lookout tower.

 

1 Whitehead Street, Key West FL 33040. Tel:+1 305 292 8990

 

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum website

 

Marine life

 

Kids love animals, it’s a fact. So if you’re looking to occupy little minds, Key West’s prime animal-filled attraction is bound to do the trick.

 

Key West Aquarium

 

If your little ones are wondering what lies beneath Key West’s cyan seas, head to the tropical fish-filled Aquarium. Watch as clouds of jellyfish bob past, or stroll down to the shark-feeding exhibit to spy nurse, sandbar and bonnethead sharks snapping at their fishy snacks.

 

1 Whitehead Street, Key West Florida 33040. Tel:+1 888 544 5927

 

Key West Aquarium website

 

Fun in the sun

 

Key West’s scattered with stretches of palm tree-speckled shore, perfect for dreamy picnic days on the beach. Plonk your stuff on a shaded table and enjoy frolicking among the soft grains of sand.

 

Smathers Beach

 

An upbeat family-filled coastal spot brimming with sun loungers, Smathers Beach is Key West’s longest and most popular. Active teens and their parents can rent surf boards and jet skis, or grab a volleyball to play a game on the hot sand, while little ones will be happily occupied building sandcastles on the shoreline.

 

S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West FL 33040

 

Smathers Beach website

 

Family dining

 

Seafood’s the king in Key West, but if your little ones aren’t big on fish, there’s still plenty of choice of family restaurants. These include colorful shacks dishing out tasty lunchtime snacks – pretzel anyone? – to child-friendly bistros serving up pasta dishes, pizza, and other family faves.

 

Garbo’s Grill

 

If you fancy a taste of some of Key West’s best snack food, seek out Garbo’s Grill. Mums and dads can feast on yummy fish tacos, while little ones munch on fresh from the grill burgers and hot dogs, all of which are served up from a food truck - great for grabbing snacks on the go.

 

409 Caroline Street, Key West FL 33040. Tel:+1 305 304 3004

 

Garbo’s Grill website

 

Dante’s

 

Impress teenagers with a trip to Dante’s. Arguably one of Key West’s hippest restaurants, head here for a lazy poolside lunch or a lively dinner serenaded by the latest resident DJ. Food at Dante’s is reliably good with a down to earth menu that’ll suit the whole family.

 

951 Caroline Street, Key West FL 33040. Tel:+1 305 293 5123

 

Dante’s website