Walking through the overgrown grounds and along the towering parapets is like walking back in time, and the exhibits on military and natural history are first class. I thought this shot of the old and new bridges really brought life to how much the areas have grown in the past 100 years. Two hundred years ago, Key West began as a far-flung island off an uninhabitable swampy peninsula populated by people running from the rest of the world. Here are a few must see and do, tested and true, things to do that are kid friendly and family approved. The one problem you might have it the kids may not want to leave.
You can also enjoy fare from street vendors and explore the little local shops — just be aware many things close early. Your point of origin, itinerary, and planned stay length and, therefore, potential rental car cost determine which option makes better financial sense. Please modify your Trip and try again. Plus, good photo ops too! The kitchen is a great way to save money. In late afternoon, the area comes alive with street performers, hawkers, and curious wanderers. Key West Blog Day 3 My Key West blog day three starts off with an early morning wakeup call.
After the Turtle Hospital we continued our drive south to Bahia Honda State Park. Join the hundreds of celebrators and watch the sun dip below the horizon. Destination cities include Miami, Tampa, Orlando, , Atlanta, Charlotte, and Newark. There are also some cheap hotels in Key West, but I wouldn't recommend staying there. When: Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square begins two hours before Sunset. I wish the boys had the patience for the full tour, but it was a late afternoon and I was already pressing my luck. The Best Key West Blogs from thousands of Key West blogs in our index using search and social metrics.
After walking to the pier you can walk over to the park on the beach and let the kids burn some energy there as well! This beach is located on the opposite side of the island from the craziness of Duvall Street and Mallory Square. It is filled with hopping bars you can even do what they call the —you can only guess what that means! Interesting, informative, with a great store attached with lovely items to purchase. New Years Eve is done right as the city has three different Times Square style ball drops. They also have a touch tank and multiple shows that go on throughout the day. Both options allow unlimited rides. Key West Blog Day 4 Our last day in Key West involved a lot more relaxing than day 3! Dry Tortugas National Park is a 100-square miles and consists of seven islands.
The Turtle Hospital is a real, working non-profit that rescues turtles in the wild, provides care and releases most of them back out to sea. Take note that for the Dolphin Research Center is is all about the dolphins. Key West is a very special place. You Might Also Enjoy First of all I want to say fantastic blog! We had such a great time and did not want the day to end! Audubon House also features a solid bench of interpretive content about the shipwreck salvage industry that, in part, built Key West. Once the sun starts going down, find a place along the wall to sit and take it in! Many 19th-century structures — and countless stories — survive in Old Town Key West, the historic district on the western half of the island of Key West. The diving here is phenomenal, as is the kid-friendly Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center.
Another great fit for any history buffs you have in your family! Or you can bring your own food and eat at one of the many picnic tables in the shade of the trees. We may have financial relationships with some of the companies mentioned on this website. We adore for their scavenger hunts and Key West is no exception. Cruise the Open Water at Sunset The clear, tropical water surrounding Key West is most spectacular at sunset. Want to move to Marathon with me and rescue sea turtles? T-Shirt Shops — For years, Key West had a well-documented problem with Duval Street t-shirt shops.
Every third Thursday of the month the Morada Way Arts District hosts an outdoor walk where talented artisans set up booths along the street. Said to have originated in Key West, the tart and tangy treat is sure to wake up your taste buds. And our favorite part, climbing up the tower! Please check out our for more details. Historic Seaport at Key West Bight The is just a great place to walk around, do some shopping, grab a bite…There are catamaran and tall ship sailing excursions that leave from here, so the boat-watching is beautiful. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kirsten Maxwell and Kids Are A Trip, Inc. It has a fun vibe that grows on you.
They are great things to do in Key West with kids or without! Check out our video of our time at the Key West Aquarium! Deleting a Trip will delete all the items and notes you have added to it. I will just leave that tip there for you to do with what you want. It might be a good idea to look those two up and see what you think. We saw a Hawksbill Sea Turtle on our snorkel trip! What's the Best Time to Visit Key West? For more water sports ideas check out our post: When in the Keys you want to be sure to get out to do some snorkeling. We promise to provide you with a breathtaking flight experience on a state-of-the-art watercraft that meets aircraft. This is always important with kids. Take in Duval from Morning to Night as well as the Historic Seaport nearby There is always something crazy happening on the mile long Duval Street in the downtown area of Key West.
It holds 2 floors of genuine artifacts recovered from shipwrecks throughout the Florida Keys. It definitely seemed quieter and less busy. Crocodiles, however, are much less common. Frequency about 3 posts per month. Located north of Key Largo, off Card Sound Road, is one of the best places in the state to see the threatened American crocodile in its natural habitat.
Overseas Highways Parking Areas The Overseas Highway has lots of pullouts and parking areas, some of which afford incredible views of the smaller islands, marshy transitional zones, and open waters around the main body of the keys. My boys adored the bright gift shop with so many interesting items for nature-lovers. If you prefer sleeping in, you can opt for their instead. No matter what your daytime activities head to the Mallory Square sunset celebration to say goodbye to the day. But it is still a great place to hang out! When to Visit and What to Bring The Florida Keys region has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. Go in the evening and get a table outside where you can enjoy the Key West vibe and live music.