The Florida Keys & Key West

Florida Keys Are for Families of All Ages

This Family Fun story spotlights a family-focused attraction, event or place that enriches the Florida Keys for visitors 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. From A to Z, there are experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Aerial adventures, aquariums, animal friends, African Queen Backcountry, beaches, bird watching, butterflies, bicycling Conch Tour Train, cemetery walks, cultural events Dolphin swims, Dry Tortugas Eco tours Fishing, fossils Go-carts, golf, geo-caching Helicopter rides, Hemingway cats Island hopping Jet pack adventures Kayaking, kiteboarding, Key deer Learning vacations Museums, marinas, Mallory Square Nature trails, nature preserves Offshore fishing, Overseas Highway Parks, paddle boarding, photography, parasailing, Pigeon Key Quirky events, quests for treasure Regattas, riding bikes Scuba, SNUBA, snorkel, swimming, seaplanes, sailing, sunset celebrations Turtles, tropical gardens, tarpon feeding, treasure hunts Underwater activities - music festival, egg hunt, even pumpkin carving! Voluntourism Wildlife refuges, wakeboarding Xoxo Yachting, Yankee Freedom, yoga-by-the-sea, yellowtail snapper Zoo

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.

Learning Vacations Mean Florida Keys Family Fun

Family time in the Florida Keys means grandparents, moms, dads, ‘tweens and teens can bond during a variety of soft adventure learning vacations. Together, they can try new sports in the active-lifestyle destination, learning skills in as little as two days or embracing the ultimate experience on a weeklong adventure.

Adventure Sports

Learning to scuba dive is increasingly popular among families. The Keys are situated parallel to the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef. Calm, clear waters provide the perfect learning environment for parents and children, and a lifetime of diving fun, adventure and memories. Kids as young as 10 years old can learn to be junior scuba divers.

Creative Learning

If you’re a creative spirit visiting (or about to visit) the Florida Keys, opportunities abound around the island chain for those eager to explore their own potential — and discover others’ artistry. A comprehensive listing of creative events, gallery openings, lectures, films, concerts, classes and workshops can be found at Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

Florida Keys Seniors:
Educational Travel Experiences Abound

Florida Keys Seniors

Older travelers typically want special access to historic sites and museums, tasty local cuisine and popular attractions — without a wait in line. Many seniors want to avoid spending valuable personal time planning and scheduling trips with multiple activities within a destination. And, ones that attract visitors from golden-agers to tiny kids — all drawn by the Keys’ lively atmosphere.

Road Scholar, a Boston-based nonprofit renowned for its educational programs or trips for over 40 years, escorts learning adventures to the Florida Keys & Key West. Demanding and ever-inquisitive, today’s active senior travelers seek meaningful, immersive experiences that enable them to connect with the unique history, culture and residents of a bucket-list destination.

The iconic original vessel from John Huston's classic 1951 film "The African Queen," starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, is plying Key Largo's nearshore waters and canals again and Florida Keys visitors can take a ride on the historic vessel from the Holiday Inn Key Largo.

In Key West, the land ends and meets the sea amid 19th-century charm and contemporary attractions. Visitors actively sightsee, tour the attractions and museums, enjoy watersports and shop by day, then become part of the nightly sunset celebration at waterfront Mallory Square, alive with vendors, performers, jugglers, acrobats and musicians.

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Insider's Tip

Our featured "A-Z" letters at the top of this page are hand-painted by Key West's Alberto DeAndrea, a prolific artist who studied in Italy and Switzerland, influenced by the craft of Renaissance masters and inspired by the hues of impressionism. He uses a leather-tipped brush and watercolors to delicately paint names and messages.

Looking for a memento of your family vacation? Visit to have your own custom signs, names, and expressions created by DeAndrea.

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