Key West Aquarium

Get face-to-fin with an array of different sea creatures. From sea turtles to sharks to jellyfish, everyone can enjoy something at this aquarium.

Key West Aquarium: Our most recommended tours and activities

Key West Aquarium Tickets

1. 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: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

2. Key West: Self-guided old town treasures walking tour

Find out why Key West attracted so many cultural legends on a self-guided walking tour of the quirky old town. Starting from Mallory Square, follow the precise directions of your audio guide mobile app to learn the fascinating history behind the people and places that make the island so special. Starting from the Memorial Sculpture Garden in Mallory Square, you’ll discover the stories behind Key West’s most famous sights, including the residence of former President Harry Truman, Florida’s oldest bar, the hotel where Tennessee Williams stayed for ten years and the so-called longest street in the world. Along the way, you’ll learn how salvaging shipwrecks transformed the city, why the buildings’ aesthetics are so strictly controlled, how the city became known as the ‘Conch Republic’ and why there are so many chickens running around.

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What people are saying about Key West Aquarium

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Excellent choice! Colorful and friendly butterflies everywhere! Gift shop has many good choices. We spent about an hour there and I would suggest the Southernmost Beach Resort for breakfast beforehand and then a short walk to the Southernmost Point afterwards. We went about 930, No line, and when we came out, the line was long. Worth the visit!

Key West Aquarium was the perfect start to our Florida vacation!

In the Key West Aquarium, Kevin showed us everything the Florida SeaLife has to offer in interesting, interactive and fun demonstrations. That was very interesting in itself, plus the optimal preparation for our adventures in the Everglades and with the manatees.

Fun, but not a huge variety of aquatic life. However, it was still a pretty good experience and the virtual tours were kinda entertaining.

Missed out

I'm sure it would have been wonderful but we ran out of time and didn't get to go.