Florida Keys Attractions
Florida Keys attractions aren't exactly like attractions in the other parts of the state. While there are definitely things to do and see, most are worth an hour or two (the exception being Theater of the Sea). So while you shouldn't expect attractions like you might find in, say, Central Florida, there are Keys attractions you probably don't want to miss!
A Florida Keys vacation centers on the tropical scenery; sights and sounds you might not find anywhere else in the state.
Without further ado, here are the attractions in the Florida Keys that are definitely worth a look!
Upper Keys Attrations
There are several options when it comes to attractions in the Upper Keys (Key Largo through Islamorada).
The first I want to mention is Theater of the Sea in Islamorada. Think "Sea World" on a much smaller and more personal scale. There are shows to watch, things to see and you just cannot miss the bottomless boat ride (yes, you read that right). It's worth about 4 or 5 hours and is a lot of fun.
Back in the Key Largo area, the one attraction I'd label as a "must see" is a trip in a glass-bottom boat out to the reef. Absolutely gorgeous, and you can catch the ride from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.
Another Florida Keys attraction you might want to take a peek at is the African Queen, the original boat from the Bogart/Hepburn movie. This is really just looking at the boat, so it'll just take about a half hour, but if you're a fan of the movie, it's worth a look.
Dolphins Plus is a place where you can "swim with the dolphins". While a bit on the pricey side, if you've ever wanted to get up close and personal with a porpoise, this is your place. Unless of course you'd rather check out Dolphin Cove -- another swim with the dolphins adventure.
Middle and Lower Keys
Between Islamorada and Key West, the attractions are mainly those that are focusing on nature. For example, if you're hankering for a great reef dive or snorkel, you may want to book a tour out to Looe Key.
Have fishing on your mind? Islamorada and Marathon are chock-full of fishing charters. (OK, Islamorada is technically the Upper Keys...but fishing is fantastic).
Want to spend some time on a tropical beach? Then you need to stop by Bahia Honda State Park and bask in the sun on one of the best beaches in Florida!
In all these areas, you'll also be able to find all kinds of water activities, like renting a boat (power or paddle), taking a parasail, and more!
Key West Attractions
Key West has plenty of things to see and do attractions-wise, but none are more than a few hours long, with the exception of a trip out to the Dry Tortugas.
The Conch Tour Trolley is a blast, and a great way to get an overview of Key West. There are various pickup locations, including some of the resorts.
I have to recommend the Key West Aquarium -- it's rather small, but it's wonderful! Tiy can see all there is in a couple of hours, but it's amazing when you think a lot of what you're seeing is in the water nearby.
Mallory Square at sunset is a Key West tradition, and it's a must-see as well. All kinds of street shows, people-watching and of course, a perfect view of a beautiful Keys sunset.
There are lots of other Florida Keys attractions in Key West, like one of the ghost tours and Butterfly World. And although I'm not 100% sure I can classify this as an attraction, you really need to visit Duvall Street; the shopping isn't out of this world (a lot of tourist stuff), but the people-watching is great!
Florida Keys Attractions
There you have them -- some of the Florida Keys attractions that you won't want to miss. Whether you visit them all on your Florida Keys vacation, or perhaps just one of them, you'll have a wonderful time!
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