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Key West Aquarium
Key West Aquarium

Key West Aquarium

Free admission
1 Whitehead Street, Key West, 33040-6634

The Basics

The Key West Aquarium ranks among the island’s most popular family attractions. An admission ticket is valid for two consecutive days, allowing visitors to browse the exhibits or join 30-minute guided tours to learn more about the animals and the history of Key West. The aquarium is a stop on the Key West hop-on hop-off trolley, and the popular Conch Train ends its 90-minute island tour at Mallory Square, a short walk from the aquarium.

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Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
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$50.35 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The only way to see and...
The only way to see and tour key west. Good history lesson as you ride. Stop at Hemingway House or Butterfly Conservatory or Mallory Square. The only way to be on vacation and tour.
Diane_M, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Key West

star-4
Family friendly
Rhonda_S, Nov 2021
Key West Conch Tour Train
Every conductor has different stories. Lots of road construction and detours. Clean and friendly way to see some of the island.
star-4
Hearing the history of...
Holly_A, Dec 2021
Key West Conch Tour Train
Hearing the history of various points of interests, such as how Key West got its name, the history of the Wreckers, and Truman's Little White Hoyse.
star-5
Ghost encounter
Ellen_A, Nov 2021
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Our host Isaac, he was amazing. Very spooky, love the tour I definitely would recommend to friends and family. Great night
star-4
Great tour experience
Alfredo_B, Nov 2021
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Tour is definitely something to do and kill some time. Tour takes you throughout the whole island. If you catch it early enough, you can stop off and Tour each village and jump back on. It can be a little hard to hear at times due to traffic noise.
star-4
Funny ghost tour
Alfredo_B, Nov 2021
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Best part of tour is hearing everyone yell out, "You are doomed" and then we all respond back but I am not going to say what you say back. You will have to take the tour to know. The instructor goes over a lot of history but the tour is not scary
star-5
Great tour guides and...
Michael_P, Nov 2021
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great tour guides and made sure another trolley was on the way if one was full. I would recommend to everyone and in fact, I have at the hotel lol today.
star-4
History and ghosts
Ben_S, Nov 2021
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Bartender Joe was great. My youngest son (8) didnt quite understand everything though. Its also a bit of a tour and history lesson of keys west. Interesting.
star-5
Great people work there
Mia_D, Nov 2021
Key West Aquarium Admission Ticket
Feeding the sharks is the best. But seeing another animals are good to see to. We went there for our honeymoon.
star-5
Creepy in the Keys
Kristin_C, Nov 2021
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
The Bartender Joe Ghost made the tour entertaining - even for a 14 and 16 year old. The tour gave historical points and not just ghost stories. Going inside the shipwreck museum was a little eerie-perfect for the tour!
star-4
Family fun
Rhonda_S, Nov 2021
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Enjoyable comfortable ride with ghost history. Was family friendly. Not enough stops to get out and see the sites
star-5
Great Driver/Guide
JoAnn_C, Nov 2021
Key West Conch Tour Train
Kenny, our driver was very informative and personable. He gave lots of historical facts and added personal information that gave the experience a gracious experience.
star-4
Good way to get a detailed overview of Key West
Jim_W, Nov 2021
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Our driver Tim did a great job highlighting so may historic and dining locations. He was friendly, clear and very knowledgeable.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Key West Aquarium is a hit with families traveling with kids.

  • The aquarium is wheelchair-accessible and dog-friendly.

  • Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to explore the aquarium exhibits, or more if you plan to take a guided tour.

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How to Get There

The aquarium is centrally located in Key West Old Town, within easy walking distance of several nearby attractions. Because parking is limited in the area, it’s a good idea to hire a taxi or take the bus or trolley to Mallory Square.

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When to Get There

The aquarium is open daily, year-round. It’s busiest during the winter high season (December to February), so come early on a weekday during this period. Because exhibits are covered, the aquarium is an excellent option for a rainy day or a particularly hot afternoon.

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History of the Aquarium

The Key West Aquarium was built during the Great Depression, between 1933 and 1935, as part of the federal government’s Works Progress Administration program to help create jobs for struggling Key Westers. When the aquarium first opened, admission was just 15 cents.

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