Reef charters go seven miles out and fish 70 to 280-foot depths for grouper, snapper, mackerel, porgies, and shark. After that we got warmed up, changed everyone into dry clothes, then got into the kayak. It is one of those places that calls to the soul, begging you to return again and again until you finally move there for good. Notably, freezing temperatures have never been recorded in Key West, and locals consider temperatures below 65 degrees to be uncomfortably cool. The sun was out and was pretty warm.
When people need a break from the sun and sea, what better way to do it than to look for the symbolism of the sea in art? Visit local art galleries and museums and shop for unique gifts. We also saw the parrot show and the sea lions, and did their 30-minute walking tour, which focuses on the education and conservation of sea turtles, sharks, rays, crocodiles, and raptors. When we got to the reef it was pretty wavey and it was a good 50 yard swim through deep open water to get to the reef where you did the snorkeling. And a big part of the fun is going out in a catamaran to the reef! If you're more interested in maritime history and shipwrecks, then the is what you're looking for. And had never ridden a jet ski before. If you check out multiple shows while you are there you can easily spend an afternoon checking out the fish, experiencing the multiple fish tanks, and watching the shows.
To be honest, the first time we went, I was a little nervous about if it would be appropriate for kids. From the Jules Undersea Lodge and the African Queen Canal Cruise to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, Key Largo is where magic happens. Introduce the kids to Hemingway — I love Hemingway, so of course this is on the list. You can book a one or two day pass and have the ability to hop on or off at any of the 13 stops. So if you are looking for an amazing Florida Keys sunset this may not be the place. Alternatively, rent a canoe or join a guided kayak tour through the calm Intracostal Waterways.
Hemingway lived there from 1931 to 1939 with his wife Pauline and their two sons Patrick and Gregory. The Keys are made up of a string of islands that are all attached by bridges along a 126-mile-long highway. Melia was not sure but went for it and loved it! I felt as if I was in a fairy wonderland or Lord of the Rings. You may even get a glimpse of the descendants of his polydactyl cat. When they came back they were shivering since it was so cold, but said it was really cool seeing the turtle and other fish.
Or get up close and personal by snorkeling or scuba diving the reefs. Bahia Honda State Park Located in the Lower Keys, about 35 miles outside Key West mile marker 37 , is a must-visit destination for people who love water sports. The Florida Keys are a rare part of the United States where its reputation undeniably precedes it. Plus the tour takes you on a route where you are in the Gulf Mexico and then over in the Atlantic Ocean! Award-winning Beaches on Siesta Key Photo credit Nita Ettinger Siesta Beach Thanks to the high quartz content, the sands on are stunning. Approved Contributors control their own work and post freely to our site. If you are into water sports this is a must for any family that takes a trip to Key West! If you visit with the mind for adventure, then you should and go exploring through the mangroves.
We would love to do this Key West with kids adventure again when the sun is out and it is warm. Fun fact: the is a former mom-and-pop motel from the 1950s. It is a beautiful resort on the east side of Key West away from the craziness of downtown. Bahama Village Bahama Village in Key West, photo by Chuck Wagner Bahama Village is a sub-neighborhood of Old Town, covering roughly 16 blocks. If you are interested in just the parasailing you can book that. The wet season runs from mid-spring through late fall and brings steadier, more consistent rains — in some years, for at least a portion of nearly every day.
During the free time all the kids each had a chance to drive the jet ski most of them tried to floor it. This includes all text and images that they use within their own work. It was a blast and the kids loved it! All contributors are instructed to follow internationally recognised copyright and intellectual property guidelines. Per person and couple rates apply to get you to fly. With live actors, lasers, and a chance to lookout from a 60-foot lookout tower, that make the experience remarkable.
They have jet ski and boat rentals for those who prefer to go it alone, and they also rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. Turtle Hospital My tip for a visit to the in Islamorada is plan ahead and make reservations. Try their 10-beer sampler to find your favorite. Also of note is the , a sobering reminder of the ravages of the transatlantic slave trade. There are three daily cruise times, weather permitting.