Updated: February 8, 2019
If you’re planning a visit to this unique and incredible part of the world, don’t miss these Top 10 Key West Activities. From snorkeling the island’s turquoise waters to cruising into the sunset, wine glass in hand, these activities will let you experience the best of Key West.
#1 – Enjoy a sunset sail
Cruise around the key and to its outlying islands while the sun slips below the horizon with Danger Charters. Your cruise includes premium wine, some fine beers, and tasty hors d’oeuvres. Danger Charters provides more intimate tours that will take you to the Keys’ most distinct locations, making this the best way to conclude a day in Key West.
Children 13+ | Food and drink included
#2 – Go on a dolphin safari
The waters around the Florida Keys are teeming with wild dolphins. A popular way to see them up close is on a dolphin watching tour where you’ll learn more about these fascinating creatures, discover other types of local sea life, and have a chance to get in the water to do some snorkeling. Dolphin Safari is Dolphin SMART designated from the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary and runs tours twice daily.
Family friendly | Small-group tours| Food and drink included
#3 – Kayak the Lower Keys’ backcountry
The mangrove forest is a unique ecosystem that occurs in only a few places in the world. Home to tropical fish, aquatic birds, sea stars, crabs, and much more, it’s an absolute must-see and the best way to explore it is by kayak. Blue Planet Eco-Tours will take you through miles of inches-deep water as the mangrove canopy drapes elegantly above you.
Family Friendly | Small-group tours | All equipment included
#4 – Take a ghost tour
Alongside other such southern gothic strongholds as New Orleans and Savanah, Key West is considered one of America’s most haunted cities. Get the scoop for yourself on this trusted Key West Ghost Tour. Considering themselves the original Key West Ghost Tour, Sloan’s Key West Ghost Tour has been running since 1996. This intimate tour is full of lively accounts and includes visits to haunted homes, theatres, restaurants, and Key West’s very own 170-year-old cemetery.
Children 7+ | Small-group tours
#5 – Go big game fishing
Whether you’re looking for deep sea fishing or are more interested in sticking to the shallows, few other places in the world offer the sheer variety of fishing environments as does Key West. For the serious fishers out there, check out Captain Conch Charters. You can catch Marlin, Sailfish, Dolphin fish, Tuna, Kingfish, and more. Get your toes wet with a half-day split charter or go all in with a full day private one.
Private & Split Charters | All equipment provided
#6 – Spend a morning on the water
Get out for some family fun on this Morning Half Day Excursion. Experience the incredible natural beauty of the keys under billowing sails. This experience includes kayaking and snorkeling in Key West National Wildlife Refuge as well as snacks, fruit, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Not a bad way to start the day. If you prefer sleeping in, you can opt for their Afternoon Half Day Excursion instead.
Family friendly | Food and drink included | All equipment provided
#7 –Explore by Paddleboard
There’s nothing quite like the relaxing pace of exploring the back country waters of the Key West by paddleboard. This 2-Hour Paddleboard Eco Tour includes an experienced guide who will take you through winding mangrove creeks and calm coastal waters to see tropical fish, crabs, sea stars, jellyfish, and various aquatic birds.
Small-group tours | All equipment provided | Beginner Friendly
#8 – Visit the Dolphin Research Center & tour the Lower Keys
Travel up the keys to learn about the culture, ecology, and legends in this extraordinary corner of the world. This tour company combines a guided trip to the Dolphin Research Center on Grassy Key with a visit to some of the best spots in the lower keys including Bahia Honda State Park, National Key Deer Refuge, Key Deer Safari, and Blue Hole.
Family friendly | Small-group tours | Food and drink provided
#9 – Circle the island on a bicycle tour
Key West is such a teeny place, you can see the whole island in just a few hours on a bicycle tour. Visit Key West’s historic sites and wind your way through quaint residential areas for choice glimpses of the island’s architecture on this unique (and somewhat famous) small-group bicycle tour. Also included are tastes of Key West’s staple fruits such as freshly cracked coconut, ripe mangoes, and, of course, key limes.
Children 10+ | Small-group tours | All equipment provided
#10 – Catch Some Fish!
The waters off the Florida Keys are teeming with stunning marine life and the crew of this Key West Party Boat Fishing Charter knows how to catch them. They’re the longest running charter in Key West for a reason, offering 6 hour trips to catch snapper, grouper, and even shark. Best of all, you can take your fish with you and have a local restaurant cook it up, or ship it home to enjoy it later.
Family Friendly | Keep Your Catch
Bucket List – Go on a wreck dive
Dive the world’s second largest artificial reef off the coast of Key West! The USNS Vanderburg, a transport ship from World War II, was intentionally sunk 6 miles off the coast of Key West in 2008. Today this stories-high vessel lies under 140 feet of water, making it an excellent dive location for visitors to Key West. Check out the wreck for yourself with this half-day excursion with Southpoint Divers.
Note, this is an advanced dive so it requires Advanced Certification. If that’s not you, you can still do the dive with a guide if you are Open Water Certified or higher. If you’re certified but not into wreck diving, check out their Afternoon 2-Tank Reef Dive and if you’re new to Scuba why not give it a try with their Discover Scuba: 1-Day Resort Course.
Children 15+ | Tanks, BCD, weights & regulator provided
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