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Key West: 2-Hour Sunset Sail on Schooner America 2.0

1. Key West: 2-Hour Sunset Sail on Schooner America 2.0

Take in the vibrant colors of Key West's fabulous sunset as you glide through the waters on one of the finest boats in the Key West Schooner Fleet. Watch the sun fade into the horizon and the stars emerge into the deep blue sky. America 2.0 features teak decks, mahogany-trimmings, and 3,600 square feet of canvas! Sit back and relax while she plies effortlessly through the crystal-clear waters off Key West, heading towards the horizon for the quintessential Florida sunset experience! Some of the sights on this sailing adventure include a view of Fort Zachary Taylor from the water, and views of the famed Sand Key Reef, Mallory Square, and Sunset Pier. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as dolphins, sea turtles, and water birds – and for the famous Key West "Green Flash" at sunset. Bring your family or friends and join the courteous and professional crew for this sunset sail that completes the Key West experience in comfort and elegance.

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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

2. Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

Climb aboard a fast catamaran for an aquatic journey of a lifetime, and observe the grace and beauty of resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, feed and do what comes naturally. Then, head to the Key West wildlife refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour is provided by the only company in the Florida Keys with the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. The program was put together by conservation agencies, including the National Marine Sanctuary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Dolphin Ecology Project and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine, whether you choose the morning or afternoon option. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

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Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

3. Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

Enjoy an up-close and personal experience with dolphins. Discover more about these incredible animals and conservation activities to safeguard them. Check in at the local partner's office to start your activity. Listen to a brief educational session on the world of dolphins. Learn about the local partner's conservation activities. Pay close attention to the demonstration on proper hand placements to be fully prepared. Then, get kitted out in a life vest before being welcomed into the water and greeted by a knowledgeable trainer and their dolphin companion. Experience different dolphin behaviors, including an unforgettable heartfelt deep-water handshake. Be safe in the knowledge that professional photographers will capture this incredible experience. Enjoy being brought back to the submerged platform by your new dolphin friends with the Florida breeze in your hair.

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Key West: Parasailing Flights

4. Key West: Parasailing Flights

Soar above the emerald blue waters of Key West and look down on the island like a bird. Climb aboard a state-of-the-art, 12 passenger parasailing boat and let the tropical breeze propel you across the water. Then, take to the skies on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Keep a look out for dolphins playing in the surf as colorful tropical birds fly past. Enjoy gentle, dry take-offs and landings to make your Key West airborne excursion a truly exhilarating adventure. Benefit from departures every hour on the hour for your comfort, and make the most of your parasailing flight.

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From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Dolphin Watching, Snorkeling and Transfer

5. From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Dolphin Watching, Snorkeling and Transfer

Come along on this interesting and varied excursion to discover the southernmost point of Florida. After the pickup at your hotel, travel to the city where Ernest Hemingway once lived. Journey to the water and board a boat to set off on your adventure. Sit back and relax as you travel across the glistening waters and listen to the sounds of the sea. Keep your eyes peeled for the playful dolphins that live in these waters. See them up close in their natural habitat. Then put on your diving equipment and go snorkeling in the coral reef, where you'll see Florida's underwater world right in front of your eyes.

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Key West Aquarium Tickets

6. Key West Aquarium Tickets

If you have ever wondered what it is like to touch a shark or hold a live starfish, then this ticket is for you. It will get you entrance to the Key West Aquarium, which first opened its doors in 1934 and was the very first attraction in the city. During the day you will get closer to marine life than you ever thought possible, without getting wet. See some of the world’s most intriguing marine species, such as moray eels, stingrays, barracuda, parrotfish, tarpon, sharks, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. Learn about their habitats and habits from the Key West Aquarium’s knowledgeable guides, and then get a hands-on experience as you feel and pick-up the amazing animals that live in the Touch Tank. They are all harmless, gentle creatures, just waiting to get a closer look at you too! Move on to catch the hungry sharks and sea turtles devour their breakfast, lunch or late afternoon snack; feedings occur daily at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30. The Atlantic Shores exhibit offers visitors a chance to learn about a mangrove environment, while the 50,000-gallon tank is home to many colorful and lively tropical and game fish. Spend as long as you like at the underwater wonderland; it is open daily from 10:00 through 18:00, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

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From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Transfer

7. From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Transfer

Experience the southernmost city in the USA by land and sea. Explore the many sights, shops, and restaurants in Key West. Soak in the Caribbean feel of the city and take a glass-bottom boat ride over the third largest reef in the world. Enjoy a pickup at your accommodation in Miami Beach in the morning and head towards Key Largo. Go further to Key West over 42 islands and the magnificent Overseas Highway 1, one of the most spectacular roads in the USA. The route crosses many bridges including the Seven Mile Bridge. Reach Key West before noon and enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. The tranquil Caribbean town was once the adopted home of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway.

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Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

8. Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

Experience the laid-back vibe of Key West on an island adventure that can end with a stunning sunset, if option booked. Board a custom-built, spacious catamaran specially designed for this trip and with a unique construction that allows you to get in and out of the shallow waters smoothly and quickly. Get a complimentary snack or light breakfast, depending on your time of departure, and then head towards a remote natural sandbar through the narrow passages of the lake. Marvel at the lush mangroves surrounding you as you follow a route that only the locals know about. Wind your way through the tropical keys, looking for playful dolphins and curious sea turtles. Each trip is different, just like the locals. Once you reach your destination, get all the gear necessary for snorkeling (mask, fins, snorkel and a float if you wish), and then discover the underwater world in the calm, shallow and warm waters. Get up-close views of the colorful sea life that live amongst the beautiful coral heads. Next, indulge in a delicious buffet lunch as you head to a remote natural sandbar for a day of fun in the sun. Upon arrival, sip a cool drink and sink your toes in the warm water, or grab a kayak to experience Key West from a different perspective. The crew will guide you on the best way to kayak, and share their knowledge of the area. Choose the sunset option and you will head to the best spot to view a glorious Key West sunset at the end of the day. Toast nature’s dazzling display of colors with a glass of chilled champagne before heading back to the dock for the end of the tour services.

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From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Parasailing and Transfer

9. From Miami: Key West Full-Day Trip with Parasailing and Transfer

Leave Miami for the sandy beaches and relaxed vibe of Key West. Following hotel pickup, head to the unique hotspot where your adventure awaits. Parasailing should be on the top of your list of activities to do in Key West because of the sensational flight and the great views. First, float on a tropical breeze in a state-of-the-art parasail launch boat and glide above emerald waters. Then soar like a bird and look for dolphins below you. See brightly colored birds fly past, and marvel at the majesty of the Florida Keys landscape. Once you touch back down on land, take the opportunity to shop and check out local restaurants. After a full day, head back to Miami where you’ll be dropped back at your accommodation.

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Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options

10. Key West: Day Trip from Fort Lauderdale w/ Activity Options

Experience the southernmost city in the US, Key West. On this day-long adventure, you will explore the many sights, shops and restaurants in Key West, all the while soaking in the Caribbean feel of the city. Beginning bright and early, you will be picked up at "Four Points by Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport" by your professional bilingual driver. En route to Key West, you will cross 42 bridges and hop 32 islands. Upon arrival in Key West, you will be enchanted by the colourful atmosphere, street artists and outdoor cafes. This day trip is perfect for travellers who like to do their own thing. You will have approximately 6 hours, from 12:00h to 18:00h to explore all that Key West has to offer. There are plenty of interesting and entertaining things to do in Key West, including visiting the Hemingway House, taking a trolley or train tour, going on a kayaking eco-adventure or enjoying a dolphin-watching cruise. These are only a few of the many possibilities. No pre-arranged activities are set during this time, so you can have the freedom to create the day on your own. If you do only one thing in Key West, a visit to Mallroy Square is a must. It is a place where many gather for a never-planned, always unique, daily celebration. Mallory Square is located by the historic waterfront. Key West is a beautiful, historic and culturally unique place with so much to see and do that you might just have trouble making up your mind!

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What people are saying about Florida Keys

Incredible sunset cruise! The crew were the best, ensured we had plenty to drink (wine, beer or champagne) and fresh delicious snack plates (veggies & dip, crackers & cheese, followed up with shrimp and sauce. Plenty of personal space given current Covid concerns. Bathrooms were easily accessible and very clean. Highly recommend!

Thank you! Great trip!! I’ve experienced panic attacks on my other snorkeling trips. Lisa helped understand why and I was able to snorkel!! Her assistant Cat was also excellent! Thank you so much!!

The boat is stunning, the crew are warm and welcoming and the service is impeccable - a great addition to any trip to Key West!

As advertised!. Great hard working crew on the Sunset Cruise on 12-29-21. Highly recommended.

GREAT staff on the bus ride dwn and back. So much to do in key west