One of the oldest in Florida, this historic aquarium dates back to 1932. The Key West Aquarium is the only one of its kind in the area allowing public access to the incredibly diverse aquatic life teeming in the waters of the Gulf Coast and Caribbean Sea. Attractions and creatures on display include a hands-on Touch Tank, sharks, stingrays, turtles, and all sorts of colorful tropical fish.
Get your hands wet with up-close encounters at the incredibly popular Touch Tank. This unique exhibit encourages you to pick up, pet, and play with a variety of animals found throughout the Florida Keys, including conchs, sea stars, urchins, sea cucumbers, and hermit crabs.
Key West Aquarium was originally designed as an open-air structure, until a roof was added in the 1960s to minimize the amount of algae growing in the tanks.
Located right near our hotel in the heart of Old Town, we recommend you walk to the Aquarium, just 3 minutes away. You can also take a pedicab or ride a bike. If necessary, metered parking is available around Mallory Square.
Lasting 30-40 minutes, the guided tours feature stingray and shark feedings, with the opportunity to touch a shark's tail. Guides are local marine life experts, sharing facts about the animals and Key West. Daily tour times are: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm.