Key West Aquarium, Key West

3.4
#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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  • I've gone to the Keys many times and just went to the aquarium on my last trip. It's a great little aquarium right by Mallory Square, and if you have small kids it's the perfect size for their attenti...  more »
  • The aquarium is located directly on Mallory Square and is home to alligators, jellyfish, sharks, turtles and many other marine animals. We found the aquarium to be very small and we didn't really like the pools, so we had already walked through within 20 minutes and looked at everything. You can find our travel report and much more information about the Florida Keys on our blog One Million Places.
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  • Don’t fooled by it being small. This was the best aquarium we’ve ever been too! They have it set up so there’s shows every 30 min. You get to feed sharks, fish and manatees! Very hands on and personal and all the shows and feedings are included! We spent 2 1/2 hours here, my 8 year old and 11 year old and us parents had a great time!
  • Incredible aquarium that dates back to 1934. Multiple exhibits. Multiple shows and presentations from the educators throughout the day. Staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. Always available to answer questions and provide enrichment opportunities to adults and children. Feed a shark! Feed a stingray! There is a lot to learn and experience in this small, but mighty aquarium. I highly recommend everyone to spend a half day there!
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