Key West is not Disney World. In fact, Duval Street’s gauntlet of bars is infamous as an adult playground. Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly activities far removed from the margarita-fueled revelry. You just have to know where to look.
Start by hitting the water on one of the various tours like the eco-conscious Dolphin Safari or the action-packed Gulfstream Fishing. Really want to wear out the little ones ones? Book the "Do it All" package with Sunset Watersports for six hours of nonstop play on waverunners, kayaks and paddleboats. The kiddos will especially love the inflatable slides, banana boat rides and water trampoline.
For more fun in the sun, head to Higgs Beach or Fort Zachary State Park to catch some rays, while watching the children snorkel in the shallow waters. Don’t miss exploring in the Civil War-era fort with its at-the-ready cannons and panoramic views from the roof.
Looking for some indoor fun? Attractions like the Key West Shipwreck Museum and Eco-Discovery Center offer interactive learning about the island's nautical history and ecosystems. To get up close and personal with the local critters, the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and Key West Aquarium will delight children and adults alike. When planning your Key West family vacation, check out these top ten things to do with kids in Key West.