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Review of Key West Aquarium

Key West Aquarium
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Owner description: Meet the undersea residents of Key West at the island’s first attraction. With over a 100 species of fish, turtles, sharks and birds, the Aquarium features a Touch Tank where you can pick up amazing animals. The Atlantic Shores exhibit is a near the shore mangrove environment found in the Florida Keys. See stingrays, sharks, eels, lobster, tarpon, seahorses and colorful tropical fish. Feedings and tours take place at 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 4:30pm every day.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 30, 2013

this aquarium is a lot of fun. You may have a chance to pet a shark, pick up sea
creatures & learn alot about them!

Thank Bev A
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I am from Ohio and I always compare other aquariums to the Newport Aquarium in KY. This one is pretty good, gotta say. What it doesn't have in square feet, it makes up for in beauty. Kids will love it!!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

What a treasure!! Yes, it is small and quaint which is perfect for Key West. The tickets are reasonably priced and are good for 2 days, coming and going as many times as you wish. The touch tank was fantastic with the opportunity to touch and gently hold living starfish, sea cucumbers, horseshoe crabs and conchs. This was so interesting for kids and adults. There is also a turtle and manta ray pool and also nurse sharks. People are given a chance to feed the sharks and everyone can touch a baby shark's tail. There are tanks lining the walls with different fish and coral. Each tank identifies the contents and explains the environment. Outside there are alligators, turtles and a snake, conchs and various birds. The tanks in back include 2 rescued sea turtles, a shark enclosure that hold sand sharks and also allows small fish to enter and leave to return to the sea. One of the best parts is when people are allowed to feed the manta rays. There was plenty of food for everyone to feed several times. The kids were mesmerized and it was just enough. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Best attraction especially for young children.

Thank nana_traveler255
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

This was a neat little aquarium. The stingrays are really spirited when the guide feeds them, so don't get too close with your camera or you will get it wet! I know the guide was very good and knowledgeable, but unfortunately I couldn't really understand much on the microphone system. It could have been the acoustics of the building, it is open air and breezy. The floors are kind of a tile, and can become quite slippery so be careful. At the end of the tour, the guide will let the kids feed some of the fish with the leftover chum. There are more than just fish to see. There are turtles, sharks, a snake, and a few birds.

Thank Bruiserfan
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is one of the first public aquariums built in the U.S. It's small and quaint. Just what you'd expect in Key West. They have a touch tank, one filled with stingrays, another with nurse sharks. Outside they have a pool with a variety of fish and a few large sea turtles. This pool is outlined with living mangrove trees that house a few birds. The interior of the building has many smaller aquariums. Ranging in size from 50 gallons to a couple of 1000 gallon tanks. A good variety of fish and corals. Out back there is a shark pen. This has only a couple of sharks and is not very interesting. Poor viewing area. The fact that this is on the harbor of Key West is pretty cool.
People that enjoy going to public aquariums would enjoy the Key West Aquarium. It's a very special place.

Thank DD402
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