The gorgeous Florida Keys are one of Florida’s many natural wonders. The history and geography of the Keys are mesmerising for adults and kids alike.
Key West is one of the most famous places to visit right towards the southernmost tip of continental America. This island has a total land mass of less than 4.2 sq miles and extends 4 miles long.
Best Florida keys to visit with young kids
Marathon is a centrally located Key en route to Key West. It has some wonderful activities like Dolphin Research Center, Turle Hospital, Sombrero Beach and Florida Keys Aquarium.
The most vibrant Key – Key West is everything an island life offers. It has wonderful beaches, quaint little cafes, museums and aquariums, and of course a whole lot of fun. It requires a day or two to explore in totality and you’ll still want to come back for more.
Key Largo is famous for John Pennakamp state park, African Queen cruise, snorkeling and glass-bottom boating in the clear waters of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Islamorada is a popular vacation key enjoyed for its upscale atmosphere, scenic bay and ocean views, sunshine, boating, fishing, locally owned restaurants, quaint shops and galleries. The main attractions here are Theatre of the seas, Anne’s Beach and Windley Key Fossil Reef. Coconut Cove is a popular resort on Islamorada and worth the buck!
Activities with young kids in Florida Keys
This was one of the most fun experiences in South Florida. We got to watch and touch Dolphins. We also learnt a thing or two about how they live and how we can protect them.
Take an educational tour of the Turtle Hospital located on Marathon Key. It’s very interesting for toddlers, kids and adults to look at what happens behind the scenes in rehabilitating Turtles.
Historic Tours of Key West
While you can easily walk around in Key West, Historic Tours give you a fab experience of the town. Their guides and staff are very knowledgeable and have a lot of fun facts up their sleeves to keep you entertained.
Conch Train and Trolley experiences
We loved the experience of the guided tour on the conch Train. We were quite exhausted from being outdoors all day, and this was a relaxing way to drive around old town. The driver/ guide was super funny and kept us hooked on throughout the journey. We had a couple of stops in between to stretch our legs and of course photos!
This is again a very popular attraction in Key West. We had to miss it since we couldn’t book well in advance (read a month in advance) and they had limited availability. But this is an unique experience that adults and kids will thoroughly enjoy.
Key West Aquarium and the Florida Keys Aquarium are both comparable and fun. Depending on where you are visiting, choose either one to go with the family.
This should be a fun experience for kids aged 3 to 12. The shipwreck museum is a good hour long walk through the 19th century sailors life. The highlight of this place is the 65 ft lookout tour that gives unparalleled views of Mallory Square and Key West.
Higgs Beach and Salute on the beach
The old seven mile bridge
It’s just a cliched photo op when you’re making the drive to or from Key West. Our toddler was grumpy to get out of the car for just a photo and we hardly spent 10 minutes outside since it was super windy. Overrated but it’s on the way so, why not.
Sunset and Mallory Square
The most touristy thing to do in Key West but the most fulfilling. Street artists start entertaining you from an hour or two before sunset. Crowds start pouring in right at about sunset so I’d suggest you get there well in advance. The sunset was truly magical. Though not the best I’ve seen, but the experience of being in Mallory Square was wonderful.
There’s tons of street food and shopping to be done at the square so make sure to get early and enjoy the whole experience.
Other fun things to do with kids are Eco Discovery Center, Bahaia Honda State Park
When, Where and how long to stay in Florida Keys
The climate and environment is similar to the Caribbean, giving year-long opportunities to enjoy. The tropical Savanna climate here can be split into dry (Nov thru April) and wet (June to October) seasons. The summer is the most touristy season here. Accommodations are expensive throughought the year but can be atrociously high during summer. Highly recommend the shoulder season, especially around Spring Break or around Halloween.
When traveling with kids, 2-3 days is very comfortable to spend in the Keys. Depending on activities you choose, you can stay in one of the keys or spend each night in separate keys. We stayed off the islands, at Homestead and made the experience a road trip. We saved tons of $$$ by doing this and had quite a blast.
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