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Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

1. Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

Enjoy a dolphin-watching cruise in Key West. Snorkel in the Key West Wildlife Refuge, see playful bottlenose dolphins, and enjoy a cold beer or wine as you cruise. Climb aboard a fast catamaran and head out into the Gulf. As you cruise, see the grace and beauty of the resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, and feed. Then, head to the Key West Wildlife Refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour has the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program created by conservation agencies, that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world-famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

2. 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.

Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

3. Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

Hop onboard your catamaran for the morning then set sail onto Key West’s glistening turquoise waters towards the third longest reef in the world. During the cruise, soak up epic views of the coastline and snack on a delicious, light breakfast accompanied by mimosas. Upon arrival at the snorkel site, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and listen to a safety briefing. Afterwards, make a splash as you jump into the refreshing, crystal clear water. Follow your instructor as you navigate this impressive coral reef and snorkel in search of colorful marine life. During the experience, enjoy the opportunity to see some of Key West’s 110 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. At the end of an epic adventure, relax on deck, grab a beer, and soak up the last of the coastal views as you sail back to port.

Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

4. Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

Explore the turquoise waters of Key West and the Florida Keys on a sandbar cruise on a floating tiki bar boat for a fun and private day out on the water with friends and family. Bring your own food and drinks and party like a local. Escape the crowds and explore the gorgeous waters of the Florida Keys as you make your way to the pristine sandbars that lie offshore. There’s a good chance you'll spot rays, turtles, fish, and even dolphins. For an unforgettable day out, bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks (alcohol welcomed). Enjoy a floating mat, foam noodles, and a Bluetooth stereo for even more fun.

Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

5. Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

Feed, play and interact with real-life dolphins. This program is perfect for families with young children that don’t mind getting splashed but aren’t ready to be in the water with these friendly faces. The dolphins will be ready to greet you dockside. Prior to meeting the beloved mammals, you’ll get a brief educational session on the world of dolphins, conservation, and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each kind of dolphin behavior. Next, feed and play with dolphins from the dry training docks. Guests will also get the opportunity to have some fun playtime interaction, which can be semi-customized to better enhance each guest or group. You’ll even have your own talented photographers capturing your experience throughout the program.

Orlando: Mango's Tropical Cafe Dinner and Show

6. Orlando: Mango's Tropical Cafe Dinner and Show

Experience authentic flavor, dynamic performances, and much more at Orlando's hottest destination in nightlife and entertainment: Mango's Tropical Café.  Dine and dance in an energy that's unmatched and electric, all in the heart of the city's famous International Drive. Enjoy a family-friendly dinner and show, featuring paramount live entertainment including a Michael Jackson tribute, a Brazilian Samba, Cuban Conga, and other Latin-inspired numbers throughout the entire breathtaking venue. Mango's live band promises to get you on your feet with lively and passionate authentic Latin music featuring congas, bongos, horns, 80's, 90's, today's hits, and more.  Savor a three-course gourmet menu of fresh "Floribbean" cuisine. Specializing in Latin and Caribbean comfort foods, as well as American favorites, Mango's serves up a one-of-a-kind dining experience for every person at your table. Menu: Starter choice of: • Caesar salad • Tomato bisque Entree choice of: • Mango's Churrasco Steak ($15 upcharge) • Roasted Margarita Chicken • Braised short ribs • Salmon al Limon • Plant-based penne bolognese All entrees, except the plant-based penne, are served with yellow rice, Cuban-style black beans, and plantains. Dessert choice of: • Mango coconut bread pudding • Chocolate Ecstasy

Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

7. Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

Since the first Spanish galleons began to traverse the Florida Straits in the 16th century, ships have wrecked along the treacherous reefs of Key West and the Florida Keys. Now, you can learn all about the area’s maritime past with a trip to the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Wrecking and salvaging – the recovery of wrecked ships and their cargo – was the foundation of Key West’s economy during the 1800s. The economic boom it created meant that by the mid-1850s, Key West had become the richest city per capita in all of the United States of America. Learn the history of the region’s shipwrecking past at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, with two floors of genuine recovered artifacts. See pieces of wrecked Spanish fleets dating back to the 1600s and 1700s, as well as pieces from the Isaac Allerton, wrecked way back in 1856. Guests can even lift a silver bar, which was salvaged from the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas. The museum itself is a recreation of the 19th century wrecker tycoon Asa Tift’s warehouse, and includes a 65-foot look-out tower. At the Historeum, you can also expect storytellers in period costumes and an array of audio visual displays that brings the history of Key West to life.

Key West Aquarium Tickets

8. 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.

Key West: Private Parasailing Trip by Speedboat

9. Key West: Private Parasailing Trip by Speedboat

Experience the excitement of parasailing on this private speedboat trip in Key West, an awesome place to parasail thanks to its gentle, warm winds and clear Caribbean waters. Enjoy a 10-minute flight high in the sky, where you can see the entire island and gain a new perspective on island living. After meeting your crew for the day, hop on a parasail boat and enjoy the soak in the sea air as you head to a safe, secure offshore location with spectacular views of Key West. Before hitting the skies, the crew will give you all the instructions you need to feel comfortable. If you are new to parasailing, don’t worry – it’s easy and no experience is necessary. You’ll ride on state-of-the-art boats that feature extended platforms which allow gentle, dry takeoffs and landings. Before you know it, you’ll be soaring above the water. Be amazed at the quiet stillness while you float 300 feet in the sky. On a clear day, you can see for 12 miles. During your flight, scan the crystal blue waters for the abundant sea life below including dolphins, turtles, fish, and rays. After your parasailing experience, enjoy another scenic cruise through Key West as you have back to land. 

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After about 10 minutes we were able to see dolphins, although it seemed a little more difficult because of the wind, but we were lucky. Very good care and great attention is paid to safety. Snorkeling didn't impress us that much as visibility wasn't that good because of the wind. But that was irrelevant for us. It was great that soft drinks, water, beer and wine were included in the price.

We loved the experience. The staff was all extremely pleasant and helpful. Very informative. My 9 year old was a bit scared at first and our trainer was so kind and patient for her to get comfortable. She really made the experience pleasant. I believe her name was Katrina. The experience meeting chinook was great. Such gentle giants. We would definitely go back.

It was the perfect experience. Our captain and guides were super friendly and knowledgeable about boating, snorkeling, dolphins, and the local area. They played fun music and gave out refreshing drinks. We felt safe and well taken care of. 10 out of 10 would recommend to anyone.

+ Many dolphins close to boat + Very nice snorkeling area for beginners (clear water, shallow, no current) + complementary drinks

Great guides, great experience. My kids loved it, so did I.