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Key West Aquarium
Vacation Travel Guide

Come face to face with huge sharks, feed stingrays and learn about local tropical fish at this great aquarium.

This humble facility on the Key West waterfront offers a brand of family-friendly charm that pleases all visitors. Built between 1933 and 1935, the Key West Aquarium was one of the United States' first open air aquariums. For eight decades it has provided wholesome family entertainment and excellent educational opportunities for visitors to the town. Spend a few hours exploring the aquarium to discover tropical fish, hungry sharks and graceful turtles moving through a 50,000-gallon (190,000-liter) saltwater exhibit.

Join a guided tour of the aquarium to learn about the life cycles of some of the biggest fish in the sea. Watch as the highly trained staff hand-feed nurse sharks or get close to a juvenile. Observe feeding at one of the four scheduled meal times spread throughout the day. Children will love the opportunity to handle sea cucumbers and giant hermit crabs in the touch tank. Snap a photo of your loved ones as they hold the amazing creatures.

Make your way to Stingray Bay to meet more underwater friends. Watch as rays glide gracefully through the shallow water in front of you. Reach down to feed the placid creatures. Staff members are on hand at all times to walk you through the process. The cow nose rays have been de-barbed to prevent stings.

The Atlantic Shores exhibit is a great chance to learn about local marine life. See vividly colored fish darting through the tank alongside huge game fish, including tarpon and cobia. Watch the giant green sea turtles who also paddle through the living red mangrove ecosystem.

The Key West Aquarium is located at the northern end of the city center, along the waterfront adjacent to Mallory Square. Find plenty of pay-and-display off-street parking in the area. The aquarium is open daily and tours are offered four times a day. Check on the official website for times. Purchase tickets online for a small discount.

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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
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Pier House Resort & Spa
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Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $404 per night from Jan 18 to Jan 19
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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina
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4 out of 5
245 Front Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $413 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
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Pier House Resort & Spa
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4 out of 5
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The price is CA $419 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa
4 out of 5
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The price is CA $419 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
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Ocean Key Resort - A Noble House Resort
Ocean Key Resort - A Noble House Resort
4 out of 5
Zero Duval St., Key West, FL
The price is CA $618 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
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Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
4 out of 5
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The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
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The Cabana Inn Key West-Adults Only
The Cabana Inn Key West-Adults Only
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Marrero's Guest Mansion
Marrero's Guest Mansion
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