7 Must Have Experiences in The Florida Keys

7 Must Have Experiences in The Florida Keys

Jetting out at the very southern tip of Florida are a group of islands that comprise the Florida Keys. The Keys begin about 15 miles south of Miami, and extend about 120 miles down to Key West- which is home to the southernmost point of the United States. It’s about a four-hour drive from tip to tip, but this is the kind of journey that beckons you to take your time to soak it in. From spectacular sunsets to colorful ocean vistas, you’ll want to stop along the way, just for the scenery or to take in some of the awesome Caribbean flair this group of American islands has to offer.

7. Theater of the Sea

Located in Islamorada and established in 1946, the Theatre of the Sea is one of the oldest marine mammal facilities in the world. Admission includes dolphin, sea lion, parrot and marine life shows, viewing of their numerous lagoons and marine life, access to their beach for swimming and snorkeling, as well as a bottomless boat ride. The Theater of the Sea is particularly well-known for its selection of interactive marine experiences. Adventurous guests can swim with dolphins, sea lions, sharks and stingrays. They also have other interactive programs, like painting with dolphins and sea lions.

6. Key West Shipwreck Museum

In the 19th century, nearly 100 ships would pass through the reef-heavy, treacherous waters of Key West, many of which ran into trouble and went down. Capitalizing on these shipwrecks made a number of Key West residents very wealthy indeed. This museum displays a number of artifacts gathered from these shipwrecks and has interactive tours with actors in period costumes (and character). The coolest thing about this museum? The 65’ observation tower. Not only does this give you a spectacular view over Key West, it gives a good indication of what life was like for these wreckers, staring out to sea, waiting to yell ‘Wreck Ashore’ and laying claim in the salvage.

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