Florida Keys for Families a to z guideT
TOURS - ( see also "Walking" Tours , and Nature trails )
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory - 1316 Duval St.-(305)296-2988
Your Trip to paradise will not be complete without a walk through magical world of Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, where hundreds of free-flying butterflies inhabit an enclosed, climate-controlled tropical habitat. The most beautiful winged creatures in nature surround you as you stroll among the flowers, trees, colorful birds and cascading waterfall. Marvel at 50 to 60 varieties of butterflies from around the world. The Learning Center explores all aspects of the butterfly world with a short film and educational displays, while the Gift Shop and Gallery offer a wide range of unique gifts. We offer discounted rates for children ages 4 to 12; 3 and under are free.
Historic Tours of America - Key West - Summer offering - FREE admission to attractions for locals on the first Sunday of each month.
Key West "Historic Tours" - Below we have listed links to a collection of vivid websites with information about Key West's Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley Tours®, two of the best ways to see Key West; the Key West Aquarium which has been delighting visitors since 1934 with sea creatures and Florida Keys marine life; Mallory Square, center of Key West's historic waterfront and the famous Key West sunset celebration; the Winter White House of Harry S. Truman; the Overseas Railroad Historeum where you encounter Henry Flagler's East Coast Railroad once described as "the eight wonder of the world" ; and Key West Shipwreck HISTOREUM® Museum
Conch Tour Train, Front St. at Mallory Square, Key West and Key West Welcome Center, 3840 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West , 305-294-5161, 90 minute tours 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Fees: $18 for adults and teens, $9 ages 4 to 12, $9, under 4 free. Free parking at the Key West Welcome Center
Many tourist cities offer a tour bus, trolley or train for visitors. This generally is the best way to get the lay of the land. The Key West Conch Tour Train will take you passed most attractions the city has to offer. The narrated tour filled with information and local lore is educational, yet loads of fun for the kids and easy on the legs. Once educated the family can pick and choose particulars to see.
www.TrolleyTours.com (Key West Section)
Trolley Tour - Unlike the Conch Trains which will not let you get on an off , the Trolley Tour allows you to get on and off throughout the day and provides a 90 minute narrative about old Key West. The trolley follows a circular route and has convenient stops at the Holiday Inn La Concha on Duval Street, Wyndham Casa Marina, Sheraton Suites, Radisson Key West, Fairfield Inn, Key Ambassador, Ramada Inn, and Mallory Square. Other stops are the Southern Most Point Trolley Stop, Angela Street Depot, Key West Hand Printed fabrics, and Old Town Train Welcome Center. Children ages 3 and younger ride free, the fare for ages 4 through 12 is $9, teens and adults pay $18.
Key West Aquarium, 1 Whitehead St. at Mallory Square, Key West ,305-296-2051, Open 10 AM to 6 PM. Fees: $8 adults and teens, $4 ages 4 to 12, free for children 4 and under. One dollar less for adults with Conch Tour Train and Old Town Trolley Tours tickets. Guided tours 11 AM, 1, 3 and 4:30 PM. Kids will love the touch tank and tour. Tour times are feeding times for sharks, stingrays, and barracudas. Over 40 aquariums (one holding 30,000 gallons) of different sizes and shapes with sea creatures and Florida Keys marine life. Touch tank for children with crabs, sea cucumbers, urchins, starfish, and such. See and learn about a moray eel, tarpon, snook, grouper, jacks, turtles, tropical fish in their marine habitats.
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 and tour about Truman and the Winter White House.
A good place for the kids to learn some added history about past Presidents of the United States. President Harry S Truman first visited the Little White House and Key West in 1946 and used the commandant's quarters in the Key West Naval Base ten additional times for his "Winter White House". Everything, furnishings, fabrics, wall hangings is much like it was in the late 1940s. Kids will see Truman living quarters, where he and guests dined, and the table used for his favorite evening poker game. Also in evidence are photos of later visits by Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy and Jimmy Carter.
Flagler Station Over-Sea Railway Historeum, museum and gift shop located at 901 Caroline St., Key West , 305-295-3562. 9 AM to 5 PM, adults $6, $2.50 for 12 and under
This museum, part of which is housed in an actual Florida East Coast Railroad car, celebrates Flagler's magnificent obsession which took eight years, $30 million and the loss of hundreds of lives to complete. Costumed guides and video presentation, photos and memorabilia on construction of of the Over-Sea Railway, building of the Seven Mile Bridge and the hurricane 1935 hurricane.
Key West Shipwreck Historeum, 1 Whitehead St., Mallory Square, Key West ,305-292-8990, Shows every 30 minutes, 9:45 AM to 4:45 PM. Fees: $8 for adults and teens , $4 for yonsters 4 to 12, $4, under 4 free.
The wrecking industry in Key West was so profitable that for a time in history Key West was one of the richest cities per capita in the United States. Visiting families will learn about the wrecking industry at the Shipwreck Historeum. The presentation uses actors and video tape to make the Key West of yesterday come alive.
Hartbor Tours - Aboard the M/V heritage tour Key west's harbor, 305-295-8687 - located at the Hilton marina on Front Street in Old Town Key West
Lloyd's Key West Nature Bike Tour - Kids love taking field trips in school. The Key West Nature Bike Tour provides a guided field trip of the "real Key West" and takes you along the back streets of the city. A easy ride with lots of local lore and stops to sample many of the island's exotic fruits ( mango, coconuts, starfruit, sapodillas, Key Limes and more) and smell the fragrance of its tropical flowers like Gardenia, Frangipani and Jasmine) . Call 305-294-1882
Trails of Margaritaville - 1 and 1/2 hour stroll, tour begins outside Captain Tony's, Key West - explore Jimmy Buffett's Key West, learn the interesting stories behind the legends and Buffett's songs, see Jimmy's first house, discover the location of Jimmy Buffett's old haunts and where he used to play and sing. Learn where his island recording studio is Reservations 305-292-2040
Tour of the Old Town cemetery - Key West - a specialize history - inquire at Historic Florida Keys Foundation - 305-292-6829 - tours depart every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 AM at the main entry to the cemetery. See the tombs of well known key West residents, interesting headstones, and inscriptions, learn about mysterious death
Ghost Tours - 305-294-9255 - 8 PM nightly this scary walking tour takes participants to haunted spots, haunted churches, and "Robert" the possessed doll. Touir guide carries a lantern to set the mood.
Cemetary Tour - The 16 acres of gravesite that comprize the old Key West cemetary may be found between Angela and Olivia streets. Within the cemetaries fences a traveler can observe tombstones and markers of marble and stone. Tours are conducted by the nonprofit Historic Florida Keys Foundation for a $10 fee on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Travelers in small groups are guided through the cemetery and provided a glimpse of Key West history.
Travelers may tour the cemetary on their own, but presently for profit tours violate city rules.
Hemingway Tour's - the Ernest Hemingway Travel and Tour Company has plans to provide walking tours to sites associated with Hemingway in Key west. Tours will also take people to places Hemingway referred to in his books as well as to places he used to hank out in with his friends. The tour will begin at the Custom House and take patrons on a ninety minute walk through Old Town.
Key West Pub Crawl - call 305-744-9804 Island West Tours for schedule - 2 1/2 guided hour tour with 5 great drinks, souvenir t-shirt, tour begins downtown, and moves through historic seaport and returns to Duval Street. Stops at famous drinking establishments - choice of free beer or drink plus ofered additional drink and food specials - entertaining
Capt. Sterling's Everglades Eco Tours - Key Largo , 1-888-224-6044, 305-853-5161, Email: email@example.com
http://www.CaptainSterling.com ,Everglades Eco tour - guided Enviromental ecology boat tours for 2 to 6 persons max into Florida Bay and the Everglades National Park.mysteries of the Mangrove jungle and the secrets they hold, a petrified 130 million year old reef, wild life, and of course, our dolphins!
Night -Time Crocodile Safari - Capt. Sterling, Key Largo's original "CROCODILE HUNTER" (with camera only) where you will search the only place on earth HOME to the rare and endangered AMERICAN CROCODILE! This tour leaves after dark and you will "shine" with a spot light to locate the Crocodile's red reflecting eyes. There are only 500 to 700 of these Rare Prehistoric animals left, and they are ONLY FOUND IN KEY LARGO !
Easy AdventureS Boat Tours - MM 81.6 bayside at World Wide Sportsman - Islamorada, 305-451-8393
Easy Adventures offers private snorkeling charters for families and groups up to 6 per boat. Snorkeling sites are shallow...sometimes only 2 feet, ideal for beginners. Cheeca Rocks is a nearshore patch reef with 7 foot tall coral formations in 10-12 foot depth, the tops of the corals in many places only 3 foot deep. Alligator Lighthouse sits atop an offshore bank-barrier reef with 3 foot depth in the shallowest portion. Advanced snorkelers can try their luck at catching a lobster. Lessons and equipment are provided free. We also offer guided tours to the ruins at Indian Key, home of pirates and ship wreckers. Kids can enjoy our "critter gettin" program and learn about weird and interesting sea animals. Spend a half day or full day exploring remote shallow bays, narrow creeks, and crystal aquamarine waters occasionally discovering dolphin, sea turtles, and manatees.
For more information click on Easy Adventures Boat Tours at www.keysboats.com
BIG PINE AND THE LOWER KEYS
Florida Keys Kayaks and Canoe Tours and Rentals - Scarlet Ibis Tours , FLORIDA KEYS NATURE TOURS AND ECO TOURS, Big Pine & Cudjoe Keys and the surrounding Lower Keys - http://keys-kayak-canoe-tours.com/ or http://courtesyfloridakeys.com/kayak.htm - informative and friendly guides! Call or email Captain Markus - KAYAKTHEKEYS@AOL.COM Phone: 305-872-0032, Canoetours@aol.com or Ecotours@aol.com EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, Ecotours@aol.com
Kayaks / Canoe rentals and Self-Guided Tours include rental, paddles, vests, line. half day - $35 / full - $50 , $5 extra per-person for Map and Bird ID Card, weekly special - $225, double kayak rentals half day - $45 / full - $60,
Guided Standard Tours: $45 per person / 3-4 hours
Sea-worthy, "semi-v"style canoes offer extra room and high and dry feeling. Kayaks are Ocean Paddle
Experience the Wildlife and Marine life of the National Marine Sanctuary, Great White Heron Refuge and National Key Deer Refuge - Backcountry waters and Oceanside flats, Mangrove Islandsand some of the most rare and beautiful Marine Life, Birds & Flora in the U.S.
Try the "Wayback Tour" on a flats' skiff and the "kayaks aboard". deep into the pristine areas of the backcountry known by a few locals and flats fishing guides. A little bit of everything - birding, nature photography backcountry beach lunch, kayaking along a mangrove tunnel , snorkeling, swimming, fishing
A to Z INDEX OF CATEGORIES
SAILING - LESSONS, SAILBOAT RENTALS, SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT
SANDALS AND SHOES
SCHOOLS - REGISTRATION, IMMUNIZATION (public),
SNORKELING AND SNUBA,
SUNSET CELEBRATIONS AND CRUISES
YOUTH GROUPS, ORGANIZATIONS, AND CENTERS (see also CAMPS),
ZOOS (see ANIMALS )
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