Florida Keys Are for Families of All Ages
In the Florida Keys, children, parents, grandparents and extended families can explore nature-themed attractions and activities that provide shared enjoyment, ranging from unusual six-toed cats at Key West’s Hemingway Home and Museum to water experiences appealing to adventure-loving kids and adults.
Watch some attraction highlights for
multi-generational visitors to the Florida Keys:
Excite your senses, expand your mind and mingle with flamingoes at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservancy. "Flamingle" is an hour-long encounter, where human participants sit in a white gazebo overlooking the pond and lushly planted conservatory. The male and female breeding pair, Rhett and Scarlett, walk free and interact as they choose.
Like Florida Keys residents, visiting families enjoy all the natural splendor of the Florida Keys during a day in the Lower Keys backcountry boating, basking in the sun, unplugging and simply spending quality time together.
The Turtle Hospital is the world’s only licensed veterinary hospital that specializes in sea turtles, and the hospital even has its own turtle ambulances. Kids in the Keys can take guided tours of the facility to learn about sea turtles, get a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital and rehabilitation facility, and even feed some of the permanent residents.
Marathon offers an immersive experience with reef fish, invertebrates, stingrays and even sharks without having to go out in the ocean. The signature feature at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters is a coral reef exhibit and shark habitat housed in a massive 200,000-gallon interconnected saltwater aquarium for viewing.
Some visitors bill it as the most unique, exciting and cost-effective attractions for families of any age in the entire Florida Keys. For a dollar admission and a few bucks for a pail of baitfish, you can hand feed tarpon right from the docks at Robbie's Marina in Islamorada.
Key Largo has been described as a nature lover’s paradise and home to America’s first underwater preserve, where ocean life abounds with brilliant tropical fish as far as the eye can see. Christ of the Deep is a 4,000-pound bronze statue just beneath the ocean’s surface and remains one of the Keys’ most-photographed underwater sites.