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Address: 1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040-6634
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+1 888-544-5927
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

Meet the undersea residents of Key West at the island’s first attraction....

Meet the undersea residents of Key West at the island’s first attraction. With over a 100 species of fish, turtles, sharks and birds, the Aquarium features a Touch Tank where you can pick up amazing animals. The Atlantic Shores exhibit is a near the shore mangrove environment found in the Florida Keys. See stingrays, sharks, eels, lobster, tarpon, seahorses and colorful tropical fish. Feedings and tours take place at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4:30pm every day.

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Great place to see local fish

The Key West Aquarium is very small, but still packs in a lot of very cool exhibits, including a couple of the biggest nurse sharks I've ever seen. The building itself is pretty... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2015
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

The Key West Aquarium is very small, but still packs in a lot of very cool exhibits, including a couple of the biggest nurse sharks I've ever seen. The building itself is pretty cool and has a lot of character to it. The staff was very friendly, as well. Great place to see all kinds of marine life that lives... More 

Thank rthiessen
Orange Park, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

This is a great little aquarium, and I do mean little. But if you want to go somewhere to learn something about the local ocean wildlife and be a little interactive with some of it, this is a great place. It's not huge and doesn't have one of those huge million gallon tanks, but we enjoyed it. The people who... More 

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

We have been to larger Aquariums, thus just a ok rating. The grandchildren did enjoy helping to feed the fish and they were happy. Our granddaughter said would feed the sharks, but was scared when her turn, but she did feed other fish and happy again.

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2015

So, if you can't get out in the water, this is worth a visit. However, once you've been snorkeling in the area a few times, it just isn't the same seeing the fish not out in the open. The aquarium is a bit older, but they have a large selection and explanations.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2015

We had purchased aquarium tickets as part of our trolley tour package so they were at a slight discount over buying everything separately. We’re glad that was the case. This was the saddest aquarium we’ve ever been to. Though it’s open air and has a few rescued sea turtles, the rest of the aquarium was lackluster and tiny. You can... More 

Thank MeraKi25
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

We stopped here as it was right at the main trolley stop. It doesn't have a ton of exhibits but it has enough to spend about an hour or so here. There is a touch pond as soon as you walk in with horseshoe crabs, starfish, urchins, queen conch and other sea creatures; then there are two large tanks with... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

If you are looking for something to do on a hot summer day and you are not on the water then its worth it to check out especially if you have kids. Plenty of nurse sharks and sea turtles, but other than that it lacks in species.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2015

This is a small aquarium with the usual kid-friendly viewing tanks (nurse sharks, rays). Staff who are caretakers for the animals also provide regular educational talks about the animals along with inviting visitors to help feed them (sea turtles, fish, sharks). It's a good place for families with younger kids to take a respite from the (mostly adult) activity of... More 

Thank Phoenix095
Pickwick, Mississippi, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

very interesting place nothing but native fish to the area. we arrived right at shark feeding time very cool the employees were very informative the only drawback it was a little pricey for what you get but then again everything in key west is high i would go back anytime

Thank Tracy B
Saint Johns, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

Me and my husband went to visit the Key West aquarium not long after we moved here. It was amazing, I love all animals but I LOVE SEA TURTLES AND SHARKS, and we saw both at this aquarium among lots of other amazing animals! And another great thing is that if you are a local you get 50% off tickets!... More 

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