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“"HE DROPPED A SHARK!!!"”
Review of Key West Aquarium

Key West Aquarium
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$21.45*
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Harry S. Truman Little White House Admission
Ranked #43 of 130 things to do in Key West
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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 older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 23, 2013

My wife and I checked out the aquarium while waiting for a rain storm to let up. We had a good time checking out the numerous aquariums and got to touch sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sea stars. Got to take lots of photos. VERY COOL!
We stayed for the shark feeding even thought the rain had let up. The shark feeding was very informative and entertaining. Several kids gathered around the shark keeper as he carefully removed a small nurse shark from the tank. As the kids anxiously awaited their turn to touch the shark the keeper dropped it! The shark started flailing around on the floor and the kids started running, screaming, and crying. Luckily the shark was okay, but I couldn't stop laughing at the kids reaction!

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We arrived at the aquarium just in time for a guided tour and shark feeding. Our tour guide told us about the rays and sharks at the aquarium, and brought an approximately 2-foot long nurse shark around for everyone to touch. You are able to get very close to the larger nurse sharks, and if you truly wanted to, you could reach into the shark tank to touch some of the larger sharks, but it is obviously not encouraged. Children were able to drop fish into a tank, where a school of hungry sharks were impatiently waiting. We were also able to touch stingrays, starfish, horseshoe crabs, conchs, sea cucumbers, and a few other creatures. There is a variety of tropical and game fish to see, as well as some sea turtles, a hammerhead shark, and moon jellyfish. It was definitely a fun way to spend an hour with a very smart two-year-old in Key West! She also really enjoyed seeing the baby alligators, although they are very easy to miss. My only criticism that it was extremely hot and humid inside, as can be expected in the Keys. Unfortunately, the breeze that you usually get was nowhere to be found on that day.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

The aquarium in Key West was a fun experience. My husband and I went and we enjoyed it. There are a few touch tanks to touch the sting rays. They also allow visitors to participate in feeding some of the animals (a few different types of sting rays and the nurse sharks). It's not the largest aquarium you'll ever visit but as long as you make the best of it, you'll enjoy watching the animals.

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Reviewed July 14, 2013

This little aquarium was built during the Depression by the WPA in an effort to help the town recover from the hard times. It's very small and it looks as if it could use some touch up work. However, it's cute and you can feed some of the animals as well.

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

I'd say this is most worthwhile to see a shark feeding so get in on a tour.
With the diversity of sea life around Key West I would've thought that perhaps they'd have a greater variety of species on display. We were particularly interested in the bonnethead shark that was there, along with the nurse sharks in the tank (which were involved in the feeding).
We applaud that the aquarium takes care of and houses some animals i.e. sea turtles that cannot be returned to the wild for whatever reason
A good way to spend half an hour in the afternoon.

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