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MUSEUMS ( See also Tours )
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The Florida Keys has a number of museums and historic sites for visitors to tour, but some will not be of interest to children. A list of places which will catch a child's fancy is provided below. A number of these are located at Tropical Crane Point Hammock.
Tropical Crane Point Hammock - MM 50.5 - Marathon across from K-Mart - Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. A 63-Acre indoor-outdoor museum. A great place to take the children and several things to see at one location. Children's Museum, Natural History Museum, Nature Trails Tour, and Adderly Village free for youngsters 6 or under, $7.50 for adults. 305-743-9100. Underwater cave with windows let you see sharks, lobster, tropical fish, and turtles swimming in their 15,000-gallon saltwater lagoon. Marine touch tanks and indoor exhibits.
. . . Children's Museum of the Florida Keys
Things to touch and see from days gone by when the Florida Keys was home to Indians, pirates, wreckers, and railroaders. Marine life touch tank, fish feeding, interactive pirate ship, "Los Ninos de Los Cayos" . Plenty of fish and animals for kids to see at the children's museum.
. . . Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys
Tools, shells, and dioramas of pre-Columbian Indians of the Keys, Spanish and British explorers, simulated underwater cave viewing tropical fish, sharks, lobster and marine life. Museum Gift Shop for souvenirs
. . . Tour the Adderly Village Historic Site
A short walk from the Museum of Natural History takes you to a restored Bahamian conch house. Tour the "Adderly Village" community , home of Bahamian families in the early 1900's. Learn how these Bahamian settlers lived, how they earned a living, what they ate, how they cared for the sick, the hardships they faced, and how they entertained themselves. Descriptive brochure available.
. . . Nature Trails of Crane Hammock
Marked and self-guided tour trails take you through a hard wood hammock and tropical palm hammock containing 200 plus native and exotic plants and 10 endangered animal species.
Indian Key (daily 8 a.m. - sunset) and Lignumvitae Key Tours - MM 77.5, Information (305) 664-4815.
Indian Key is a state historic site and only accessible by boat. No bathrooms. The boat access fee per person from Robbies is about $15. Look for Robbies under the fishing category. Lots to see on the Island and a guided tour is available twice a day at 9 AM and 1 PM on the island. Kayaks can be rented from Robbies if you wish to get there on your own. Call 305-664-9814 and arrange to arrive early. The Lignumvitae Key Tour is largely botanical in nature and not for young children. Brochure available.
Pigeon Key Museum and Visitors Center - MM 47
Take the children to tour historic Pigeon Key. Kids love traveling on the train/tram, a red and silver railroad car replica. from the visitors center on Knights Key over the old Seven-Mile Bridge to a 1912 Railroad Village. Tour the historic island and see the restored early 1900's railroad village. Visitors train to Pigeon Keys starts at 10 AM. 305-289-0025. Bike rentals available. Admission $7.50 adults, $5 for children under 12, preschoolers free. Written guide available.
Maritime Museum of the Florida Keys - MM 102
Tour this museum to see treasures rescued from the ocean depths and shipwrecks off the Florida Keys. Ancient coins and artifacts on exhibit plus video of early salvage and treasure diving in times past. 305-451-6444
Key West Light House - 938 Whitehouse Street - Open 9:30 a.m. -5 pm. 305-294-0012
Kids can climb 88 sateps and get a birds-eye view of Key West.This lighthouse is over one hundred and fifty years old. Built in 1846, the lighthouse guided sailors until 1969. Tour is self-guided and children can see historical nautical items, check out the gift shop, and climb to the top of the tower. Perched atop the 90 foot lighthouse your youngster will get a view of Key West and may well imagine what it was like for light keepers of old to guide ships to safe anchorage. Free to children less than 7 yrs. old, $2 for 7 to 12 year olds, $6 for all others.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum 200 Greene Street, Open daily, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Key West 305-294-2633. See gold and silver bars, Spanish coins, emeralds and gems, jewelry, chains, and other shipwreck artifacts discovered by treasure salvager Mel Fisher. Documentary movie of Fisher's great treasure discovery of the Atocha, Spanish ship sunk 40 miles off of Key West in 1622. Adults $6.50, children 6 to 12 - $2.50, and free for kids under 6 years of age.
Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site and Park - West end of Southard Street, Truman Annex , Key West. Follow signs, Open daily 8 a.m. -sunset, fort closes at 5 p.m., nice beach and picnic area, snackbar, tables and grills, outdoor showers, restroom facilities - 305-292-6713. Construction of this historic fort began in 1845 and was completed in1866. Its walls are eight feet thick. The fort has a large collection of Civil War cannons and other Civil war memorabilia. A guided tour is available daily twice daily with park admission fee. Fees: $1.50 walkers and bikers, $2.50 if you drive in alone. $5 for car, driver and a passenger, plus 50 cents for added passenger.
Turtle Kraals - Land's End Village near end of Margaret Street, Key West , 305-294-2640. Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday, noon - 11 p.m. Admission free. small museum focusing on the history of turtle kraals (pens) in the Florida Keys .
Little White House Museum - 111 Front Street, Key West ( Truman Annex) 305- 294-9911. Daily, tours 9 a.m. -5 p.m., admission fee - $8 adults and teens, $4 ages 6 through 12, under 6 admitted free,. Short video presentation about Truman and tour about Winter White House of President Harry S. Truman.
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium - Duval St., Key West , 305-293-9694
Open 9 AM to 11 PM . Fees: $10.95 adults and teens, $8.95 ages 4 to 12, under 4 free. Ripley's Odditorium has a number of oddities and unusual items which appeal to children.
Lofton Sands African Bahamian Museum and Resoure Center - 324 Truman Ave., Key West open Monday 1-5 PM, WEednesday 10 AM to 12 noon, Research archive and special programs for children and adults, traveling exhibits and collection on history and cultyral contributions of the African Bahamian community 293-9692, 294-9643
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