on August 28, 2006
One of the oldest aquariums in the nation, and rebuilt in the 1930s, the Key West Aquarium is a fun experience for the entire family. Began as an open-air aquarium, many of the original structures and design is still intact, although the entire exhibit has been added onto over the years. The overall design is very unique with indoor petting ponds, to outdoor holding tanks that back up to the ocean/gulf. There are many regional fish, such as reef sharks, Jewfish, yellow-tail snapper, iguanas, local birds, and sea turtles, as well as more exotic varieties of animals such as eels and sea horses.There are exhibits to interact with the wildlife, such as feeding shows for the barracuda, sharks, and turtles; petting areas for sting rays; and various electronic and printed media throughout the complex with fun-facts about the animals. The aquarium is focused on education about saving sea turtles and the prevention and recovery of injuries of these beautiful creatures.Admission is around $10 per adult ($5 per child) and is open daily from 10am to 6pm. It's a great stop while downtown Key West to learn more about the local sealife and help support preservation of endangered animals.
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