Key West Aquarium

The Key West Aquarium Offers Hands On Activity

The Key West Aquarium offers an entirely different way to experience water life in the Florida Keys. This unique aquarium has been entertaining visitors since 1934, and was this areas very first attraction. That makes it not only a fascinating place to visit but also one of historical value. From its humble beginnings as an attempt by Key West to recover from the devastating effects of the depression, to the millions who visit the Aquarium to witness the indigenous marine life found in the Florida Keys.

Adults and children alike enjoy being able to feed the turtles and sharks that make their home in the Touch Tank. With moray eels, barracudas, groupers, tarpons, sharks, parrotfish and all kinds of tropical fish, families appreciate the mysteries of the sea that are revealed in the Key West Aquarium.

Key West Aquarium Location


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1 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040-6634
(305) 296-2051



Other creatures that can be found in the touch tank and attract children of all ages are the starfish, hermit crabs, and horseshoe crabs as well as other life that lives in the sea, and provide that extra bit of enjoyment that can only come with hands on activities.

Harmless nurse sharks can be found sitting on the bottom of the sand in the indoor portion of the aquarium, and everyone is delighted that they can get within inches of them and nearly touch these amazing creatures.

With prices ranging from $6.50 for children from 4 to 12 years of age to $15.05 for adults the aquarium is affordable and available for visitors 365 days a year. Hours are convenient as well with opening at 10am and closing at 8pm.

While some prefer to tour at their own leisurely pace, others prefer to engage in a guided tour. The guided tour is especially helpful when a group is touring together and there is a time element involved.