AquaVentures Eco Tours also offers snorkeling tours of the sandbars as well as Half Day Combo Tours with plenty of opportunities to see a variety of different fish species, nurse sharks, manatees, and rays. You are on a large catamaran boat for 6 hours. A completely modernised and transformed former motel the only sign of its past being the layout of the rows of accommodation set around the pool. Islamorada : Stroll through the tropical gardens and see the best in contemporary art and American crafts. The Glass Bottom boat tour and snorkeling tours take off from the park as well. A must-visit for any bookworm, Ernest Hemingway's home is situated in Key West and incredibly well-preserved. Feast on fresh seafood at fine restaurants and hang with the locals, or just hang on a hammock suspended between two palms.
After breakfast you can walk around the boat and there is a large platform area on the second level where the kids can dance to the music or just hang out and watch all the other boats go by. In addition to admiring the beautiful marine landscape by boat, you will also have the chance to explore the mangrove forests by kayak and go snorkeling in some wonderful spots that can only be reached by boat. It is a 90-minute drive from Miami to the Florida Keys. Location: 99336 Overseas Highway, Mile Post 99. And I will say the guides were great about hanging with me at the back of the pack and making sure I could keep up! We have even taken the kids to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration to watch the street performers.
Spot unusual breeds The Florida Keys is home to a fantastic range of wildlife, on land and at sea. It comes in ever more varieties, with each venue you visit claiming the crown to the best key lime pie in the Florida Keys. Located near the southern tip of Key West, Fort Taylor is also home to a beach that is popular among locals for picnics and swimming. Visit , an exposed coral reef that once served as a quarry for construction of the Key West extension of the Florida East Coast Railway. Continue your Florida Keys activities in the mode of embracing remoteness with a trip to the Dry Tortugas, which taper off at the very end of the island chain. Off Key Largo are John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, where the rich underwater life and a number of wrecks attract many snorkelers and scuba divers. Located in the middle of the Florida Keys, the Marathon-based company offers charter fishing trips that target a variety of fish, from barracuda, billfish, tarpon, and marlin to sailfish, snapper, various types of tuna, and dozens of other sportfish species.
Along the way you can drop a line to fish for your supper from several fishing bridges and there are also launch areas for kayaking. An environmental center documents park and regional history, and self-guided nature trails wind through mangrove hammocks. Bike tour in: Key West. The scenic stretch connects the Middle Keys to the lower Florida Keys and has beautiful seaside views along the way. Located in Monroe County, approximately 15 miles east of Key West, the Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area is home to a variety of diverse habitats that protect over 6,000 species, including over 40 state and federally listed animal species, such as Key deer, Lower Keys striped mud turtles, Key Largo cotton mice, and silver rat mice. The Blond Giraffe has a wonderful outdoor seating area, with tables and Adirondack chairs in the shade of giant trees. The aquatic facility provides a variety of exhibits such as guided aquarium tours, a tide pool touch tank, a coral reef tank, and a predator reef tanks, while encounters range from a lagoon snorkel encounter, a shark bay encounter, a nursery encounter, stingray encounters, and private aquarium tours.
Get up close and personal with tropical fish on a snorkel trip, or dive to explore a ship wreck on the ocean floor. Besides enjoying the antics of the trained animals, you will also learn all about conservation and how you can play your part in protecting marine life. The trick is finding a spot of open water that is pelican-free. It is located on the south side of the island near the airport. The park also offers excellent opportunities for shallow water fishing, hiking through the bayside hammock of the park, birdwatching, and a variety of ranger-led activities. Explore trails, shipwrecks and mangrove hammocks. Once in, you can explore the Fort which offers great views of Key West and the ocean.
This way you will have the flexibility to make pitstops along the way and check off your Florida Keys bucket list. Visiting the Turtle Hospital would be on our list. The Education center is open daily, and there are 90-minute guided tours available hourly that allow you to see the sea turtle rehabilitation tanks, the hospital area, and even feed the permanent residents who cannot be released back into the wild. Back in the 1830s, was a bustling town that held a Dade County seat. We have been on the road since August 2015, and loving travel and seeing new things! You can also read our articles about the and. It really is beautiful to see. Sunset cruises are offered throughout the year, as are half-day and full-day rentals of sailing boats with or without skippers and crew.
Portions of this railway were destroyed a powerful hurricane that made a direct hit on the Florida Keys in 1935. For more information, visit the Keys Diver website. I can't live without my smartphone, I love dancing especially salsa , wine and massages; and I'm never happier than when I'm wandering the world. This meant we all got onto a platform and they lowered us into the water — about waist high for an average adult — and we were able to hold the 3 year old. We were extremely lucky that our excursion went on schedule. The park, encompassing more than 500 acres and an offshore island, offers some of the best snorkeling and beachcombing in Florida.
Visitors can tour the home, which is furnished with many of the original pieces, including Hemingway's prized collection of 17th- and 18th-century Spanish furniture. This means that if you make a booking after clicking on one of our links that we may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. So with some preconceived ideas and expectations met, but with plenty more to discover, I present to you some of the best things to do in the Florida Keys and Key West. You can even ask the Captain for a turn at the helm while underway the one and a half hour cruise. Bahia Honda State Park, 36850 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key, 33043, Phone: 305-872-2353 Fun day trip ideas: , , , , , , Established in 1980, the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge fulfills a critical need to protect the last remnants of the natural habitat of the American crocodile as well as a collection of other creatures that call this part of the Florida Keys home. They also serve coffee and lots of Key Lime flavored delicacies. The adventure company offers private and personalized kayak tours for up to six people along with family or group tours for all levels of kayakers from beginners to advanced paddlers.
There is no admission although donations are gladly accepted to this incredible sanctuary, whose aviaries are home to formerly wounded birds who can no longer survive in the wild. From around 1946, President Harry S. The setting is awesome and the food is just as good. Like I mentioned, it may be better for an older crowd. There's also a theater where visitors may watch nature videos.