5 Days/ 4 Nights  Key West Itinerary

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Arrival

ARRIVE KEY WEST: After you collect your luggage you will be met outside the terminal by hotel local representative, who will transfer group by van to our selected hotel in Key West. (**DoubleTree, Key West or any accommodations of your choice. Key West is a 2x4 mile Island) Enjoy a day of leisure.

Key West Island Tour

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Discover highlights of Key West history and culture on this unique city tour of Key West. Flagler’s railroad arrived in Key West on January 22, 1912, and the Island City was changed forever. The Conch Tour Train is proud to be the legacy of Henry Flagler’s engineering miracle. In 1958, the World-Famous Conch Tour Train began its first journey—transporting visitors back to the past, sharing thrilling accounts of pirates and Indians, visionaries and artists, and moguls and politicians. Our engineers showcased the glorious architecture and stunning tropical scenery while sharing amusing accounts of the extraordinary moments in time that reveal why there’s no place on earth quite like Key West.

Mangrove Kayak Eco Tour and Aquarium

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Make our way to Hurricane Hole Marina, where free parking is available. Learn the basics of equipment and safety, then follow your guide into the mangroves at an easy-going pace that’s well suited to all skill levels. Watch for wildlife along the way: the mangroves are home to tropical fish, crabs, bright sea stars, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, sponges, and a diverse range of sea birds. Every trip is different, but experienced guides trace routes through the best of the mangrove environment. As you paddle, hear stories about the geological structure of the Florida Keys, and find out what makes them so unique in the United States. At the end of your mangrove kayak trip, paddle back to home base, where you finish the day.
 

If you're not up to kayaking or looking for more animals to discover, head to Key West’s famous Mallory Square. Key West Aquarium is one of the island’s most popular attractions for people of all ages.

Home to alligators, jellyfish, sharks and many other marine animals, guests can enjoy interactive conservation talks as well as animal feedings.

For an unforgettable day in Key West, stop by the Key West Aquarium and get up close and personal with some of the most fascinating creatures in the Florida Keys!

Eco Discovery Center and Ingham, USCGC

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Enter the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and take a journey into the world of the native plants and animals of the Keys, both on land and underwater. Leave with an increased awareness and appreciation of the need to protect and conserve the ecosystem of South Florida.

The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory.

Once inside, you can explore exhibits interpreting the ecology of Keys' habitats, from the upland pinelands through the hardwood hammock and beach dune. From there, you’ll travel down to the mangrove shoreline, where you can enter the sea to learn about the seagrass flats, hardbottom, coral reef, and deep-shelf communities. Stop in to the Center’s theater to catch “Reflections of the Florida Keys,” a short film on the diverse ecosystem of the Florida Keys by renowned filmmaker Bob Talbot.

Be sure to check out the Mote Marine Laboratory Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment.

A walk through the Aquarius exhibit offers glimpses of the beautiful marine life at the reef and shows how scientists live beneath the sea during research expeditions.

Located in the Truman Annex, the USCGC Ingham Museum is the perfect spot to see the quieter side of Key West. The Ingham is a 327 foot long, 6200 horsepower cutter. She held 300 men and served in World War II, the Korean war and Vietnam. She has received 35 awards and was the most decorated vessel of her time.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

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Relive the life of one of history’s most famous treasure hunters along with a wealth of exhibits on shipwreck archaeology with this admission to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. This Key West institution showcases a variety of treasures, both cultural and monetary, recovered from the treasure and slave ships that once plied the waters near the Florida coast. Check out the thought-provoking Slave Ship and Key West African Cemetery exhibits, then gaze in wonder at the magnificent gold, silver and jewels of the Spanish Treasure Galleons galleries.

All aboard for Key West’s legendary sunset dinner cruise celebration. Enjoy unbeatable views of the sunset along with an amazing tropical food buffet served by our staff. Grab a tropical beverage and groove into the sunset as our local steel drum performer fills the air with tropical vibes. 

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Fort Zachary State Park & Beach

Swim and snorkel at Key West’s best beach! Discover and become a part of this beautiful underwater habitat. Snorkel off the beach and experience rich tropical marine life such as parrot fish, schools of yellowtail snapper, lobster, and various hard and soft corals. Please note that Fort Zachary Taylor is a coral beach, therefore water shoes are suggested and are sold in the gift shop.

Wooded nature trails are a warm and inviting place to bird watch and discover native plant life. Bike along the shaded paths along the shore, past the historic fort and beside the Key West Shipping Channel. Take a narrated tour of Fort Zachary Taylor and see Civil War cannons and construction. The 54 acre park is scattered with picnic tables and grills perfect for a cookout at the beach.

Experience Key West’s most spectacular sunset where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Gulf of Mexico.

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Relax By The Pool

Day at leisure to relax by the pool and shop for souveniers before departing for home.

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Don't Forget To Try Key Lime Pie!

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