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Kid Friendly Key West ~ 5 Family Excursions You Won’t Want To Miss!

In January, my family and I took our first trip to The Florida Keys with our RV. We fell in love with the climate, the water, the eclectic vibe and the great people. If you haven’t been, be sure to add it to your travel plans. To make it easy here are 5 kid-friendly excursions you won’t want to miss!

Key West Aquarium

Key West’s first official tourist attraction, the Key West Aquarium opened for business in 1934. It remains much like it did when it first opened and is a step back to a simpler time. Children will love the touch tanks and nurse shark enclosure. Parents will get swept away with the history. A must do!

Key West Butterfly Conservatory

Walk into the Key West Butterfly Conservatory and immediately feel your body relax and your stress flutter away. Make sure you grab a helpful card on the way in to help identify the hundreds of butterflies within the conservatory. Bring your camera for stunning photo ops.

Fury Catamaran & Snorkelling Tour

Hop aboard the 65 foot Fury Catamaran and sail out to one of the world’s few living coral reefs. Extremely professional and safety conscious staff will make sure you have an enjoyable 3 hour tour. Beginners can literally take the stairs into the ocean, so it’s perfect for first timers.

Key West Toy Factory

A labour of love, The Key West Toy Factory, is a breath of fresh air. Built with kids in mind, the store is filled with imagination and delights the senses. Oh yeah, there’s toys too. Eco-friendly toys, magic toys, great books, games and crafts. It is unlike any big box toy store you’ve been to.  Your children will love it! If you’re lucky you might even spot the owner’s kinkajou running around the store! Enjoy a free ice cream with purchase for the kids on the way out.

Mallory Square

Every night, hundreds and hundreds of tourists and locals gather in Mallory Square to watch the sunset. It is truly spectacular, but let’s face it, maybe not quite up your kids alley yet. That’s ok! There’s so much more to Mallory Square than a boring old sunset. In the evening, it comes alive with buskers, artists and carnival food. You know what I’m talking about. All the things kids go crazy over; popcorn, cotton candy and ice cream. The perfect way to end you day in Key West and tire out little travelers.

Key West has plenty to offer for kids of all ages! For more help planning your vacation visit The Florida Keys and Key West website. If you plan on spending time traveling through the Keys, make sure you set aside time for a visit to The Turtle Hospital. It’s another can’t miss!

Candace Derickx

Candace Derickx writes about food, family and travel on her site Life in Pleasantville and has been a staff editor at ChildMode since 2011. Follow her on Twitter @candace_dx and join in the conversation on her Facebook page, Life in Pleasantville.

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3 Responses to "Kid Friendly Key West ~ 5 Family Excursions You Won’t Want To Miss!"

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  1. Jen @littlemissmocha

    February 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Gorgeous photos, and now I so want to go! Candace, well done and can’t wait to read more of what you’ll contribute to ChildMode. ; )

  2. Kat

    February 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    It’s on our list. And now that I know about the Turtle Hospital I want to go there too!

  3. Loukia

    February 9, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Looks amazing! Especially the toy factory! I’ve nexer been to Key West but we love south Florida! Now you’re making me want to take another vacation…

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