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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.

Key West: Dolphin Watching and Snorkeling Eco Cruise Tour

2. 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

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.

Key West: Sandbar Excursion & Kayak Tour with Lunch & Drinks

4. Key West: Sandbar Excursion & Kayak Tour with Lunch & Drinks

Explore Key West’s Florida Marine Sanctuary on a sandbar and kayak eco-adventure. Hop on a boat and cruise through the crystalline waters of the Atlantic Ocean as you head toward the marine sanctuary. Be on the lookout for dolphins and sea turtles, participate in water activities, and savor lunch with unlimited drinks. Start with a guided kayak tour through the mangrove islands, exploring the local marine wildlife and mangroves. See as much local wildlife as possible with 500 marine species in the area. Next, venture further into the wildlife sanctuary to a secluded sandbar. Select your lunch with options such as fresh local Cuban sandwiches, fried chicken tenders, veggie wraps, fruit and veggie trays, cheese and cracker platters, and pita and hummus platters. Take advantage of unlimited draft beer, wine, and soft drinks that will be available after lunch. At the sandbar, you'll have the chance to either explore with a paddleboard or kayak, go snorkeling, or just sit back and relax while you grab a drink in the secluded oasis.

Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

5. 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: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

6. Key West: Dolphin Watching & Snorkeling

Climb aboard the Sunset One dolphin boat, sit back and listen to your tour guide explain where you are and where you are heading. Get ready to watch dolphins frolic in their natural playground.  Marvel as the dolphin swim closer to the boat so you can get a better view. Head out to the small islands within the boundaries of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge. Soak in this beautiful little chain of islands and jump into the gorgeous reef, perfect for snorkeling.  See fish up close and maybe some turtles. Climb back aboard and settle yourself in for the ride back to the dock with an ice cold draft beer. Watch the beautiful panoramic sunset over the crystal clear turquoise waters.

Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

7. 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.

Key West: Eco Safari Tour with Snorkeling

8. Key West: Eco Safari Tour with Snorkeling

Your experience begins as you arrive to the Cow Key Marina on Stock Island. Start by meeting your guide, who teaches you how to operate your own little pistol boat. Your guide then takes off, leading you through the back country of Key West. As you travel you may see ospreys - the only bird of prey to survive entirely on fish. There's also the opportunity to spot manatees feeding on mangroves, sharks swimming beneath you, and pelicans diving for their meals. You soon arrive to Mud Key, a beautiful little sandbar set in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Whilst there, wade in the soothing crystal waters, explore the island, or simply relax. Following your time exploring, begin your journey back to the marina through the winding mangrove maze.

Key West Conch Train Tour

9. Key West Conch Train Tour

Climb aboard Key West’s conch train for a 75-minute sightseeing tour of the tropical paradise. The train departs from Front Street Depot and loops through the Old Town to end back behind the Depot at Mallory Square. Stock up on ice cream and homemade fudge at the Depot to eat on board during your tour. You can jump off at Truval Village to visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Lighthouse, Southernmost Point, and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Climb to the top of the observation tower at Key West Shipwreck and Treasures Museum. Travel back in time to the days of hand-rolled cigars at Mallory Square. And stroll through the Cayo Hueso y Habana Historeum. Back on the conch train, learn about Key West characters, such as Mel Fisher, whose lifelong search for 2 sunken Spanish galleons finally turned up treasure worth USD 450 million. Jump off to enjoy great shopping on Duval Street, and fine dining at restaurants such as Hog's Breath Saloon, Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville or the Hard Rock Café.

Key West Island Adventure Eco Tour

10. 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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Very cool experience! The crew ensured a pleasant stay with unlimited food and drinks. The canoe trip could have been a little longer. This was divided into two groups given the number of canoes. Our round was a bit short because the previous group ran out as someone had fallen out of the canoe. But would be nice if you could canoe for an hour. Now it was only half an hour.

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.

I can't say enough good things about this whole experience. The captain and crew were just amazing! Absolutely worth every penny. If your thinking of doing anything in the keys this should be #1 on your to-do-list! Captain Chuck truly made my daughter's birthday celebration a memorable one!

+ 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.