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Key West Aquarium, Key West

#3 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
Key West Aquarium is a perfect place to forget your fear of sharks by feeding and petting one. Started based on the dream of Dr. Van Deusen, it developed into the first open-air aquarium in 1935. Exhibits show sea life, including jellyfish, alligators, and a living red mangrove ecosystem. A touch tank allows you to feel and hold some of the marine creatures. The educational program about invasive species is recommended. Add Key West Aquarium and other attractions to your Key West trip itinerary using our Key West road trip site.
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  • Had two shows with feeding: sharks & sea turtles. One of the educators was very bright and answered all my kids many questions!! Giant snake. No aligators. Lots of interesting fish. Nice gift shop...  more »
  • This was super fun and very educational. Lots if fish to look at and educational. Took us about an hour  more »
  • While in Key West we looked for places our kids would enjoy. The Key West Aquarium was perfect. A hands on tank in the front allowed kids to touch aquatic life. An employee was there to talk about the creatures and how best to interact with them. She gave our kids a personalized experience they loved. As we walked through the small building a blue lighting with tranquil music made for an ideal setting. Children of the right age range could feed a shark at the end of a presentation on the sharks. Outdoors a large tank is the setting for other presentations. These are informative and allow for people of all ages to throw food into the fish. At the conclusion of one show a great employee took time to give some additional hands on learning with our kids. We enjoyed ourselves so much we went back again the next day.
  • Small but really good. AC in Key West is great and if you hang out they have nice little talks and demos. They let you hold the squid to feed the sting Ray's. They give out 10 cards to hold the tongs to feed the nurse sharks. My son loves sharks and got to fed one, childhood highlight! Not big but we really enjoyed the 4 hours we spent there.

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