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Keys with a kid

Hi we are a couple with a five year old flying into Maimi on 14 April and departing Fort Lauderdale on 19 April on a cruise. At this stage we only have accommodation at Fort Luaderdale booked on 18 April. We arrive early in the morning on 14 April by plane and are picking up a car and going - somewhere… We would like to drive all the way to Key West really just to experience the sights and scenes of ocean Highway. We have nothing planned and no where to stay. Can anyone help with a sort of itinerary and maybe some must sees along the way. Our only must do is to head to the everglades for a look and a ride on the boat for our son. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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1. Re: Keys with a kid

In KW you have a butterfly conservatory. You can take a boat trip out to see the wild dolphins. There's also the KW aquarium, its small but they have touch tanks and you can watch as they feed the nurse sharks and rays.

On the ride down, Robbie's is a good stop. You can feed tarpon right of the dock by hand though it would be a bit much for a 5 year old to do themself. Tarpon are big. Cool to watch though.

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I agree with Robbie's on the way down. Whether you feed the fish or not, it's still pretty cool to see. Besides the prior mentioned attractions, you also have the Wreckers Museum and Mel Fisher's. He'd get a chance to hold a gold bar that was part of the treausre.

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Both great suggestions above.

You could also visit the Theater of the Sea http://www.theaterofthesea.com

Dolphin Research Center http://www.dolphins.org

Turtle Hospital http://www.turtlehospital.org

Start looking into accommodations ASAP. Those days are leading up to Easter, and it is a popular vacation week. HTH.

Papamoa NZ
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We were just going to drive and stop and find accommodation as we went. Is this not a good idea this time of year??

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5. Re: Keys with a kid

For Key West it will usually mean you get there then start driving or walking around trying to find a place to stay, wasting at least some of your time. Then, if you find something, it may have many bad reviews or be more expensive than you had planned to spend. People have done it but it's not advised, especially when bringing a child.

With a limited amount of time it would probably be better to pick one key to stay at, do as much as you can there with maybe a day trip to another key to explore or snorkel or kayak.

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6. Re: Keys with a kid

About a zillion things to do in KW, yes even with a kid in tow. In fact, your kid may end up having a much better time than you!

The overseas highway drive will be beautiful, but most kids will unfortunately be bored with it. Feeding the tarpon at Robbie's is a great stop (kids will like that) and there are a few other stops along the way, so make a solid day-trip of it.

I'd plan to spend at least a couple of nights in KW, but don't worry about spending the night along the way. In KW, there will be plenty to do. The scavengers museum, the Truman Little White House, the Hemmingway House, a boat ride (there are plenty of variations, including snorkeling, fishing, and jet-ski), the Conch Train tour of town, and the carnival-like atmosphere of Mallory Square at sundown are just on the short list.

Contact susie at keywestkey.com and tell her what you're looking for in accomodations. She's great about that.

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