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An Information Guide to Activities, Attractions, and Family Friendly Accommodations in the Florida Keys

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A Guide for Kids and Families Vacationing in the Florida Keys

QUICK GUIDE

This is our introductory page to our 20 page QUICK GUIDE detailed information for Children and Families vacationing in the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida. For information on attractions, places of interest to visit, and activities for children and families - click on the navigation menu links to the left on the links at the foot of the page.

Our Kid in the Keys web pages provide details on family friendly beaches, tours, movies, snorkeling, dolphin programs, parks, museums, children's programs, attractions, travel health, kayaking, water sports, fishing, tennis, golf, biking and skating, bookstores for children, ice-cream sources, and family friendly resorts.

 

FLORIDA KEYS BEST LODGING

Florida keys Best has an extensive list of Accommodations with links to information, pictures, and reservations for discounted rates for lodging.

There are several remarkable destination vacation spots in the Keys which cater to families and provide children's programs. Resorts with Children's Programs will provide information about Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key which from time to time makes available lodging to discounters. Cheeca Lodge in Islamorada also has a Children's program, but not as extensive as Hawks Cay.

Casa Marina Hilton in Key West - A few children’s activities such as shell painting and a Dive-in movie, but Casa Marina no longer offers a children's program or “day care” facility on premises.

Sheraton Key West - Sheraton no longer offers the Coral Reef Kids Club.

 

 

BREIF SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

Read below to begin learning more about kid's activities and places to see to make your youngster's visit to the Florida Keys a rewarding and worthwhile experience.

 With the kids out of school and on vacation how do you satisfy their craving for interesting activities? There are many recreational and educational activities available for the family and children of all ages to select from in the Florida Keys. The Keys offers nature , animals, plants, birds, and beaches filled with illustrious sights, sounds and smell year round so that the children will learn about the outdoors while having a good time.

 

To help you decide - a brief summary description of some of our 20 web pages describing some of the exciting and unique family activities and places to see when visiting the Florida Keys is provided below:

beach image for Kids and Florida Keys BEACHES FOR KIDS IN THE KEYS

You'll learn about the beaches in the Florida Keys. You'll learn about the islands' white sandy beaches, tropical vegetation and a great variety of bird life. Beach goers and sun loving vacationers benefit from a tropical climate and an average annual air temperature of 75 degree. Because of the proximity to the Gulf Stream kids can enjoy frolicking in winter ocean water averaging 76 degrees at a number of beach locations in the Florida Keys.

KIDS AND BIKES bike image for kids in the florida keysgo together.

For the visiting family biking is a great escape and good way to see the wonders of the Keys close up. We list places in the Florida Keys where parents can feel comfortable about their children biking in safety. Bike vendor names and locations are also provided. Some provide free delivery and pick-up for biking. A interesting fact about Key West - there are more bikes in Key West on the average for the population than in any other city in the United States.

DOLPHIN INTERACTION FOR CHILDREN

The Florida Keys offers kids and families an opportunity not found many other places in the United States or for the world for that matter with its Dolphin Interaction Programs. We list the places to go to if you plan to provide your children with an opportunity to interact with dolphins.

The Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key provides a half day educational non-swim program called Dolphin Insight that includes contact and training at the dock. It has walking tours and a half-day program called Dolphin Encounter which allows for structured swim providing contact with the resident dolphins.

In Islamorada, Theater of the Sea offers a Trainer of the Day program and a Swim program.

Dolphins Plus in Key Largo offers environmental programs several times each day at their marine mammal facility as well as Swim and interaction programs

A facility on Duck Key offers several programs. At Hawk's Cay the Dolphin Connection Discovery program includes personalized contact but no swimming with the dolphins. Under the supervision of a highly skilled guide or trainer you'll be able to pet, touch, and possibly feed the dolphins. In its Dolphins Dockside program, The resort's Dolphin Detective program offers young children and opportunity for hands-on participation in the trainer's world including training games, preparation of dolphin fish food and supervised training of the dolphins.

KIDS AND KAYAKS

Children and kayaks go together, and kayaking and Florida Keys will provide you and your youngster with the right mix of adventure, scenery, wildlife, nature and relaxation. Today's kayaks are stable, comfortable and safe for beginners and kids. They are harder to overturn, and easier to maneuver, and depending on the age of your children you can choose from single and double kayaks for your family excursion. We list kayak providers and kayak tours in the upper middle and lower Florida Keys.

SNORKELING TOURS FOR KIDS

Viewing the reef is one of the main reasons visitors come to the Florida Keys, and organized and professional snorkeling tours are the safest way for kids to view this underwater paradise. If you children love the water and are comfortable in it they should be able to snorkel with a little basic instruction. We list several of the larger tour operators with large roomy boats and some which offer unique features which may suit you family snorkeling needs. You will learn about the snorkel concession at John Pennycamp in Key Largo, or can choose a sail and snorkel trip, or a vendor that combines snorkeling with several other activities such as glass bottom catamaran tour of the back country, keys' history, a nature tour plus a cook out. Or you can snorkel from a kayak to get a close up view of an array of sea creatures and marine life such as tropical fish, spiny lobster, sea turtles, nurse sharks, eagle rays, crabs, conch, and soft and hard coral formations.

MUSEUMS AND hiking image for kids in the florida keysNATURE WALKS

Families have a number of nature museums and nature walks available to explore in the Florida Keys. There are also several nature walks to tour close by when visiting the beaches of the region. The family will want to go looking for the little Key deer in Big Pine and see the resident alligator at Blue Hole. At the Children's Museum in Marathon there are things to touch and see from days gone by when the Florida Keys was home to Indians, pirates, wreckers, and railroaders. Available are a marine life touch tank, fish feeding, and a kid's interactive pirate ship , "Los Ninos de Los Cayos" . Plenty of fish and animals for kids to see at the children's museum. 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 can be seen at the Museum of Natural History which is part of the Marathon museum complex.

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A list of an assortment of attractions, activities, rides, and places to see for children that don't fall under any special category above is also provided.

 ALL- INCLUSIVE FAMILY RESORTS  

When you think of a family vacation, what thoughts come to mind? Looking for family togetherness plus time to relax and leave the hassles of everyday life behind?

If fun as a family is your goal with time for adult relaxation, seek out a kid's friendly vacation spot with attractions that appeal to both adults and children. An all-inclusive resort is one of the best ways to bypass family vacation pitfalls. Such family-oriented resorts are designed to provide fun and excitement for children as well as time for adult pursuits.

By staying at a premier destination resort you'll find all amenities and recreational activities for kids and families in one location. Hawks Cay Village and Resort for example provides packages of family accommodations, amenities, recreational activities, a children's program, and parent/kid activities such as biking, tennis, fishing, tandem parasailing, boating and kayaking. For more on kids' friendly family resorts go to CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS.

Families that vacation in the Keys often combine their Florida stay with a trip to Orlando. Stay at hotels in Orlando Florida.

 

CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

You'll also discover several remarkable destination vacation spots in the Keys which caters to families and provide children's programs. In addition to information on all inclusive resorts for families, you'll also find information about tennis instruction, tennis clinics, and tennis play, children's programs, dolphin swims and dolphin interaction programs, kids activities and family attractions, the best beaches, museums and parks to take the kids to, nature tours, biking, golf, diving and snorkeling, water sports, parasailing, fishing and much more.  

OTHER TOPICS include water sports, movies, golf, boats, tours, fishing, ice cream, and child health travel.

MORE EXTENSIVE FAMILY GUIDE

A more extensive 75 page FAMILY GUIDE provides all the information in the QUICK GUIDE plus lists the essential services available to children and young people in the Florida Keys such as child care agencies, summer recreation programs for children, children's camps and school programs, dental and medical services for young people, restaurants for children, locations of public bathrooms and more.

There you will also find information on Travel Journals, Diaries, Scrapebooks for children, Compact Games for use during travel, and wonderful books filled with Games and Ideas forTravel.


ACTIVITIES and PLACES TO VISIT for CHILDREN and FAMILIES
in the
FABULOUS FLORIDA KEYS 

To find out more about Kids' activities and places to see to make your children's visit to the Keys a rewarding and worthwhile experience, CLICK on the links in the navigtion bar to the left or provided below.

. GUIDE INTRODUCTION . KIDS AND RESORTS . BEACHES . NATURE WALKS .
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MUSEUMS . WATER SPORTS . MOVIES . DOLPHINS . KAYAKS . GOLF .
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BOATS TOURS . SNORKEL . DAY PROGRAMS . ATTRACTIONS .
. BIKING AND SKATING . FISHING . CHILD HEALTH TRAVEL .
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ICE CREAM . READING

 

 
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The links below are for charity organizations providing services for children in the Florida Keys.


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