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Family Friendly Attractions in Key West

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A June 2011 trip to Key West by Joy S

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: We stayed in Key West for a week - these are some of the family friendly things you can do there.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Attraction | "Ernest Hemingway House"

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Hemingway house and museum is a must see in Key West. Ernest Hemingway came here in the 1930's, succumbed to the charm of the place and spent the next ten years here, drinking, writing and fishing. The house is really interesting and you can still sense his aura here sometimes.Ernest Hemingway helped put the island of Key West on the map as a party destination with the "anything goes" attitude. He owned htis house between 1942 and 1971, but only lived in it for 10 years. Apparently the authenticity of the furnishings is disputed and few of his actual belongings remain. There are lots of photographs though where you can visualise his day to day life.Hemingway did write ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 26, 2011

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-1136

Key West Aquarium

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Key West Aquarium Photo, Key West, Florida
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Key West Aquarium is a great place to bring children - educational but still a lot of fun. We adults loved it too! It has been around a long time - it opened in 1934 and was Key West's first tourist attraction. It was built between 1932 and 1934 and was part of Key West's attempt to stage an economic recovery at that time, but advertising the city as "America's Caribbean Island."It is small, quaint and old fashioned and is home to lots of sea creatures including tropical fish, eels and barracuda. As you go in, there is a touch tank with various creatures you can lift and handle. We spent ages here with our son - all the children loved being able to put their hands in and pick up crabs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 27, 2011

Key West Aquarium
1 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296 2051

Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum

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Attraction | "Shipwreck Museum"

Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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The museum is open between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Admission prices are $15 for adults and $7 for children, you can make a bit of a saving if you buy combined tickets with some of the other attractions, e.g. the aquarium.We had seen this museum advertised and promoted in a lot of different places, so were excited about going. To be honest we were a bit underwhelmed and disappointed, it is a lot of money for what is on offer.The museum aims to transport you back in time to 1856 in Key West - the time when the wreckers were around. It is all about Key West's maritime heritage and shows exactly how it became the richest city in the USA at that time.The first part of the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 28, 2011

Key West Shipwreck Historeum Museum
1 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 292-8990

Key West Lighthouse Museum

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Attraction | "Key West Lighthouse and Museum"

Key West Lighthouse Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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We really enjoyed our visit here, you only need about an hour or so to explore the lighthouse, climb to the top and have a look around the little museum. It costs $10 for adults and $5 for children, and when we visited first thing in the morning was not at all busy. I think choose carefully the time you visit, if there were a lot of people there, it might not be quite so charming.The lighthouse is over 150 years old. It was built in 1847 to aid ships navigating the dangerous reefs off the Lower Keys. It is the last of what were 4 lighthouses on the island.At the bottom of the lighthouse, they have the original lens - it is interesting to see close up, and is absolutely huge...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2011

Key West Lighthouse Museum
938 Whitehead St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 294 2633

Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum

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Attraction | "The Little White House"

Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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This is a must-see in Key West - an absolutely fascinating museum and time capsule where you can learn more about Harry S Truman and his presidency.It is located in the Truman Annexe area of Key West. This was formerly the naval area and is beautiful with wide tree-lined streets and beautiful big houses. The gates leading into the area used to only be opened for US presidents. Now they are opened for the lucky residents of this beautiful neighbourhood.The Little White House sits at the top of Truman Annexe. It is open 7 days a week, admission is $16 for adults and $5 for children. Guided tours of the house take place frequently and last about 45 minutes. Our guide was exc...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 28, 2011

Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum
111 Front St.
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-9911

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Joy S

Joy S
Manchester, United Kingdom