A Week of Family Fun



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Your children can enjoy a full schedule of eco-tours, dive-snorkel charters, fishing trips and visits to area attractions, such as museums, nature centers or dolphin encounters.. You'll also find plenty of free activities to keep your kids entertained between excursions. Several waterfront restaurants thoughtfully provide docks where children can feed tropical fish or see huge tarpon. The Keys also have plenty of playgrounds, parks and beaches.

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Day 1 - Islamorada, Duck Key


Hawk's Cay Resort is a family mecca. Several restaurants on property will delight, especially the Beach Grill, but if you want some other affordable options, read on. Hawk's Cay has it all: watersports, beach, dolphins, fishing and more! Dinner at Whale Harbor means an endless buffet of seafood and American style great grub for the entire family, without breaking the bank.


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Theater of the Sea

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Location:

84721 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 2431
fax: +1 305 664 8162
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Hawk's Cay Resort

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Location:

61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard
At MM 61
Duck Key, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 743 7000
fax: +1 305 743 5215
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Day 2 - Key Largo, Islamorada


Start the day in the Upper Keys to make your way back to the Middle. Pennekamp is the oldest marine park in the US, named after the Miami Herald editor. It's about the outdoors and nature here in the Keys, and Dolphins Pus lends an insider's view to these calming, healing creatures. One of the quirkiest places in the Keys, Robbie's Marina, allows you to get a bait bucket and for a couple bucks feed them to GIANT tarpon!


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John Pennekamp Visitor Center / Museum

Location:

P.O. Box 487
Key Largo, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: 305-451-1202
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Squid Row Restaurant

Location:

81901 Overseas Highway
Oceanside
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 9865
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Dolphins Plus Inc.

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Location:

31 Corrine Place
Key Largo, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: +1 866 860 7946
fax: +1 305 451 3710
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Robbie's Marina

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Location:

77-5 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 9814
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Whale Harbor Inn

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Location:

Mile Marker 83.5
Islamorada, FL 33036

Contact:

tel: +1 305 664 4959
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Day 3 - Key West


You've headed north (well, technically, east) from your hotel for a day, now it's time to head west, to the Southernmost Point of the US! Does that make sense? Old Town Trolley tours give you a crash course in the history of Key West, but affords you the luxury to hop on and off in many locations. Eliminates having to navigate yourself! Back to nature here, too, with thousands of butterflies fluttering around you spilling color throughout the Conservatory, and a stop at the Aquarium will make the kids squeal with delight in look-and-touch fashion. Then Ahoy, mates! on to Pirate Soul Museum. Swash-bucklers love the Keys, and pirates still abound! (Just in fun, they won't steal your booty) It seems like a lot jammed in the day, but a half-hour parasail is a great aerial precursor to the beautiful sunset you'll see at Mallory Square amidst street performers, jugglers and artistans.


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Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Location:

1316 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 305 296 2988
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Key West Aquarium

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Location:

1 Whitehead Street
At Mallory Sq
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 800 868 7482 / +1 305 296 2051
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Pirate Soul

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Location:

524 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 305 292 1113
fax: +1 305 292 1125
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Mallory Square

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Location:

300 Duval St
(at Front St)
Key West, FL 33040

Contact:

tel: +1 305 296 4557
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Day 4 - Grassy Key, Marathon, Pigeon Key


Ah, Marathon. The Heart of the Florida Keys, the family island. Today is to be fun, relaxing and educational all at the same time. The Florida Keys celebrates over 100 years of conservation and preservation heritage, and stops at the "DRC" to learn about how smart dolphins and sea lions really are, the world's ONLY veterinarian turtle hospital and Crane Point Hammock's children's museum only make you appreciate this planet more. Save a late afternoon stroll on the Old Seven Mile Bridge - you can make bets who sees the spotted eagle rays, turtles and sharks first! You'll get a birds-eye view along with the pelicans and egrets that swoop by looking for fish to grab for dinner.


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Dolphin Research Center

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Location:

58901 Overseas Highway
Grassy Key, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 289 1121 / +1 305 289 0002
fax: +1 305 743 7627
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Turtle Hospital

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Location:

2396 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL

Contact:

tel: 305-743-2552
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Florida Keys Children's Museum

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Location:

5550 Overseas Highway
MM 50.5 Bayside
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 305 743 9100
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Old Seven Mile Bridge

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Location:

Mile Marker 47, U.S 1
U.S. 1
Pigeon Key, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: +1 800 352 5397


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Annette's Lobster & Steak House

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Location:

3660 Overseas Highway
Marathon, FL 33050

Contact:

tel: 305-743-5516
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Day 5 - Key West, Big Pine Key, Marathon


Let's chill today. It's Sunday-Funday. About twenty minutes west (seems like south again!) of Marathon, halfway to Key West, lie the Lower Keys. A famous place there, Bahia Honda State Park, is one of the most photographed parks and beach in the world. Site of Earth Day special events every year, Bahia Honda is a great way to wile away a morning-to-early afternoon before the sun gets too hot. For lunch, make your way the short distance back to Big Pine Key, and a left turn at the light will take you to No Name Key, for the namesake pub with the best pizza around. Tonight, back in Marathon, if you feel up to a little live music, head a few minutes into town from the resort and have a burger from the tiki grill at the famous Dockside Lounge and enjoy the tradition of "Sunday Jam" til sundown with the Florida Straits Band.


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Bahia Honda State Park

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Location:

Mile Marker 37.5
Big Pine Key
Key West, FL 33043

Contact:

tel: +1 305 872 2353
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No Name Pub

Location:

North Watson Boulevard
1 1/2 mile north of U.S 1
Big Pine Key, FL 33043

Contact:

tel: 305 872 9115
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Dockside Lounge

Location:

35 Sombrero Boulevard
Bayside
Marathon, FL 33037

Contact:

tel: 305 743 0000
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