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Key West Aquarium


Self-guided
Easy Activity
Likely To Sell Out
Mobile Ticket

Overview

Discover the undersea world at the Key West Aquarium. A Window of Wonder comes alive as expert guides explain the mysteries of the water.

Highlights

  • Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank offer guests a hands-on experience with the sea life of the surrounding waters.
  • The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, parrotfish and much, much more.

Description

All of the animals in the Touch Tank are harmless and guests are encouraged to pick up and meet the animals. During the daily tours, the Key West Aquarium's collection of sharks, rays, and turtles are fed, as guides explain the habits and habitats of these mysterious creatures. Daring guests can even pet a live shark!

Tours offered every half hours throughout the day. (See below for tour types) Shark feedings occur daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm. Visit our Web Cams and experience the magic of the Key West Aquarium from your own computer!

The Key West Aquarium is committed to helping protect the endangered sea turtles. The Aquarium is associated with the Turtle Hospital and Florida Sea Turtle Stranding Network comprised of state agencies, universities and marine parks, all working in the nursing and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles. The Aquarium is currently home to several turtles on the mend and some, that due to their injuries, will be permanently housed at the Key West Aquarium.

Tour Types:

Touch Tank/Aquarium History: Tour Guides will discuss the aquarium history (first opened air aquarium in the United States), the importance of the frescos. Touch tank discussion and hands-on knowledge of the creatures in our waters.

Atlantic Shores Interactive Feed: Tour Guides will cover the importance of the mangrove ecosystem, allow guest the opportunity to feed some of our large game and tropical fish while discussing the variety of fish in the exhibit.

Shark Interactive Feeding: Guests will have the opportunity to get up and close to one of man’s most feared apex predator- the shark. Guides will explain the importance of sharks to our waters while allowing guests to feed and touch a live shark!

Sea Turtle Conservation Tour: Tour Guides will discuss the Aquarium’s role in the conservation efforts of these species.

Stingray interactive Feedings: Tour Guides will allow guests to interact with our stingrays by feeding and petting these animals. Guides will discuss the misconception about these animals being dangerous.

The Atlantic Shores Exhibit is a cross-section of a nearshore mangrove environment. The 50,000-gallon tank holds a variety of tropical fish and game fish.

Schedule

  • Reservations are REQUIRED for all bookings
  • Book Your Package On-Line
  • Get Your Confirmation
  • Duration: Self-guided
  • Departure point: Detailed check-in instructions - including address, Google map, and parking information - will be included in your final confirmation email.

What's Included

Includes

Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank offer guests a hands-on experience with the sea life of the surrounding waters.
The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, parrotfish and much, much more.

Excludes

Gratuities (Optional)

What To Bring

  • Confirmation Voucher (printed or mobile)
  • Any required or suggested items listed on your confirmation email.
  • A Smile!

Additional Info

Likely To Sell Out

Spaces are extremely limited this time of year so book early to ensure the date you want.

Voucher Confirmation Info

This tour accepts both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

Local Operator Information

Complete operator information, including local telephone number, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather cancellation policy?

If the Key West Aquarium must be canceled due to bad weather, and you cannot go on another day, you will be issued a full refund by Cool Destinations.

Where is the meeting point for this activity?

Detailed check-in instructions – including meeting point address, Google map, and parking information – for Key West Aquarium will be included in your final confirmation email from Cool Destinations. Please be sure to double and triple check your email address is correct at checkout so this important email makes it way to you!

Where can I park my car?

Detailed parking instructions for Key West Aquarium will be included in your confirmation email.

What do I need to show at check-in?

Cool Destinations activities accept both printed and electronic vouchers (e-vouchers). You can either print the voucher and present a paper copy on the day of travel. Or, if you travel with a mobile device, simply show your Photo ID and present your voucher on your Smartphone or tablet on the day of travel.

I am unable to locate the check-in. What should I do?

If you arrive for your activity start point and you are unable to locate the check-in location, we first recommend calling the local contact phone number found on your confirmation email. If you are unable to reach the local contact, we will be more than happy to help you out.

Can I book this activity when I get there?

Cool Destinations activities can only be booked online. It is recommended you pre-book your travel service to avoid disappointment as many of our tours and products are popular and can be sold out early. Therefore, visitors are encouraged to pre-book to ensure a satisfying, worry-free vacation.

Are my credit card details safe?

Your info’s safe with Cool Destinations. We take data protection very seriously and have a 100% secure checkout for all transactions.

1) We use SSL to encrypt all data on the website and use a tokenized processing system from Stripe.

2) Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1.

3) Our servers are monitored 24/7 for malicious activity and unauthorized access attempts.

Are gratuities (tip) included in the price?

No. On most Cool Destinations tours and activities with guides, mates, captains, and assistance, tips are not included. Our general recommendation is 18-20% when you enjoy a quality service experience.

Can I book an activity and leave it open dated?

The majority of travel services provided by Cool Destinations must have a pre-booked date designated in order for the activity to cater for passengers. Exceptions to this are attraction passes, hop on/hop off buses and trolley tours.

When do I need to arrive for check-in?

Unless otherwise noted, please arrive for check-in 30 minutes before your Key West Aquarium begins. The exact start time may be based on your chosen options and will be noted on the confirmation you receive after booking.

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