Key West Aquarium, Key West

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#3 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
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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  • We timed or visit to watch the shark feeding and to see them working with the sea turtles. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Nice tanks, inmates and displays, knowledgeable staff, outside area to view turtles, educational. Bought ticket when we purchased out Conch Train tickets (not sure if this made them cheaper or not, bu...  more »
  • I think it was pretty expensive ticket for a little Aquarium. Had really expected a bit more Cosy small Aquarium.,. Think more of the pools had far too little water and the size that the animals can thrive there.
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  • Though this aquarium is small, it is still worth a visit for small children. They have a touch pond where you can touch horseshoe crabs and sea cucumbers, amongst other sea creatures. They have another pool filled with various small sharks. Outside, they had a shark feeding time, which was popular amongst the patrons. We were even treated to a turtle "walking", who had a fun little quirk, where if you tickled its backside, it will wiggle back and forth. They have various other smaller fish and other sea creatures displayed throughout the walls of the aquarium.
  • Another awesome stop while in Key West. It's small for an aquarium but has a great variety of fish, rays, sharks, and even birds! I love stopping in for a look around at all the different species, and it's definitely a thrilling walk through for tourists to see! It's definitely a great, inexpensive experience.
  • A study in contrasts. The people there can be excellent, or project they are simply going through the motions. The exhibits range from superior to mediocre. The social relevance clings to concerns about invasive species and protection of coral reefs, which are great causes, but still a bit abstract for most visitors. And yet the KW Aquarium parlays its superb location, authentic and genuine live tanks and interactive exhibits, and palpable intersection with the harsh realities (hurricanes, bad weather) and how ecosystems can still survive in spite of it all. Younger kids will love it and it's great to support their ongoing work on rehabilitating injured creatures and raising awareness about protection of the local fauna.
  • Great experience. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Its better than what I expected for an aquarium of its age. What it might lack in size it makes up for with hands on exhibits and feedings. We spent about 2 hours there. You could spend more or less time depending on if you interact with the guides and watch the feedings. It is an old aquarium but they look like they have been working to do updates and keep it current. We will probably do this again on another visit.
  • Not big but it had some interested exhibits. Both my kids had fun look at the fish in the tanks and they especially enjoyed the outdoor exhibit.
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