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Key West Aquarium
Key West Aquarium

Key West Aquarium

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
star-4.5
$50.36 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Best Tour Ever!
Tour guides were wonderful! Knowledgeable along with a touch of humor. Boarding & deboarding was easy and without undue complications. Excellent route to experience all the significant key points of the Island.
Diana_M, May 2022

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-5
YES! We are the doomed!
Nina_D, May 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Great stories and lots of fun shouting “yes! We are the doomed!” Very friendly driver and (g)host! Loved it!
star-5
Great Experience
Dan_T, May 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
Stefano was amazing! Great experience with the “scary” history surrounding Key West! Highly recommend!
star-5
Awesome for first time visitors!!
Kristen_C, May 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
All 3 of our drivers were friendly, funny and knowledgeable! This was our first time in Key West and we’re so glad we did the tour, to see all the main attractions!
star-5
Key West Vibes
Martha_L, May 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Information given by the drivers was very interesting. The stops were convenient for enjoying activities in Key West.
star-5
Great history info
Sarah, Apr 2022
Key West Conch Tour Train
Lots of cool information about key west history. It was pouring when we started and they offered ponchos. Turned out fine. You can get on and off this one as well and it's a lot cheaper
star-5
Highly Recommend for Fun and Value
Cary_R, May 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
We had a great time with the people running this tour. They were very entertaining with nonstop stories and fun interaction with us. Highly recommend for a good time and great value!
star-5
Great Experience!
Nicola_A, Apr 2022
Key West Shore Excursion: Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
Great experience. The girls and I had a blast! Mr. Ed was funny and kind. We enjoyed every moment of it.
star-5
Great storytelling
Jennifer_D, May 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
The storytelling was great. Fun and insightful, peppered with amazing historical facts. Wasn't too long that it felt like it dragged. Very cool
star-5
Excellent tour!!!
Stephen_M, May 2022
Key West Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour
We do ghost tours in every city we go to, and this was easily one of my favorites. Great stories with an entertaining and informative guide. I’d recommend this tour to anyone visiting Key West.
star-4
Better than an Uber
Alfred_T, Apr 2022
Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour
If you need to travel around Key West during the day and site see, then the trolley is a great idea. For the cost of a single Uber, you can purchase a trolley ticket and get a bit of history as you travel. Hang on to your receipt because it is your ticket, not the sticker. The receipt is printed on flimsy paper, so keep it someplace dry.
star-5
Key West tour is fantastic!
Debbi_B, Apr 2022
Key West’s Old Town Treasures: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
Our cruise shipped pulled in at 7AM!! Nothing was open. We started the tour and walked past all the closed places, listening to the recording. As we walked back, we could go into the places that interested us from the narrative. At one point we took a wrong turn and about a half block in, the gps says, "Not all who wander are lost, but you are!" It was funny, but we knew we had to turn around. We look forward to doing another tour in a new location.

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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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