Aquarium, Key West

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One Whitehead St. Mallory Square 296-2051

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    Key West Aquarium.....Small, but nice.

    by galaxyrain Written Jan 25, 2009

    The Key West aquarium is small, but nice. There are a lot of hands-on activities. The tour guide will let you handle sea cucumbers, anemones, and touch sharks. It is a good place to go just to get out of the sun for a while.

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    by doug48 Written Nov 9, 2008

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    this historic aquarium was built in 1934 during the great depression as a WPA project. this small aquarium has shark and sting ray exhibits as well as a number of tropical fish tanks. if you are expecting sea world you will be disapointed but the key west aquarium is a fun, touristy thing to do in key west.

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    by Ericasmurf99 Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    Baby sharks feel like rubber
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    Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank are pretty neat. The aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrotfish and more. During your tour, you will even be able to pet a live shark (a baby one) Tours and shark feedings occur daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm.

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    Hands on Aquarium

    by bluejaxx Updated May 12, 2007

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    I would highly recommend going to the Key West Aquarium. There is a special tank with animals that you are allowed to pick up (they are completely harmless, but you must be careful with them so you don't injure them). They have guided tours and feedings four times a day and they even bring out one of the nurse sharks from the tank so that you can pet the shark (and yes I still have all of my fingers). But my favorite creatures were the sting rays, they are hungry for attention and will actually pop out of the water when you come near their tank (they expect you to have food for them).

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    Something Fishy at Mallory Square

    by 850prc Updated Aug 5, 2006

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    The historic Key West Aquarium
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    As aquariums go, there are better ones than Key West's. It's not very large or modern. But what it lacks in razzle-dazzle, it makes up for with history. This aquarium was one of the first in the country, built between 1932 and 1934, when it opened for business. The main front facade is still the same basic building, which was probably pretty nifty stuff back 70 years ago.

    Again, not a huge collection of fish and undersea creatures. But, the staff is friendly and very hands-on. And, you gotta love an aquarium staff that pitches an occasional feeder fish to one of the ubiquitous Key West city cats roaming the area. Those kitties seem to know where to go in Mallory Square for a square meal.

    COST? Like everything in Key West, it costs $10 for an adult. The bad news is that, as an old building, it's really not "well-cooled". When you need a bit of cool air, hit the gift shop for five minutes and then head back out among the sharks and stingrays.

    The Aquarium is open daily from 10 am-6 pm. There are guided tours and shark feedings at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 4:30 pm.

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    by C&JTay Written Jan 28, 2006

    The Key West Aquarium is not going to knock your socks off... it's not Monteray or anything, but it's a great place to see and learn about the native aminals. The staff offers demo's that allow visitors to touch several species, including nurse sharks. The aquarium is also a great place to visit in the afternoon and avoid the strong mid day sun.

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    by goingsolo Written Apr 19, 2005

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    The Aquarium is far from being one of the best, and its one of those things that most people skip since they are visiting an area surrounded on all sides by the ocean, but its a fun place to go on a rare rainy day or with children.

    The Key West Aquarium was the first attraction created in Key West. It was a World War II Work Product Administration project and, at the time it was built in 1934, was the largest aquarium to be found.

    Now it is slightly less impressive, but still has some interesting exhibits. You can watch a shark feeding demonstration or even pet a shark if you wish. If you venture out into the ocean, you can do this as well, but the aquarium provides supervised conditions which make shark petting a safer activity. All kidding aside, you can see much of the undersea environment without venturing out into or on the water, if that's what you prefer to do.

    The aquarium is located on Front Street, just off Duval Street at Mallory Square in Old Town Key West.

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    by grkboiler Written Nov 30, 2004

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    The Key West Aquarium features marine life found in Florida and the Keys, including barracuda, grouper, eels, sharks, turtles, and more. There is a touch tank that allows you to handle some animals, and a shark feeding that should not be missed.

    Admission is charged. Hours are 10am-6pm. Guided tours are given at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm.

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    by Winch Written Nov 7, 2004

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    Wanna pet a shark? The Key West Aquarium is a great place to go to get out of the tropical sun for an hour, or linger in during a rare rainy day. The guides are friendly and knowlegable and will gear their presentation to kids when they're around. Be sure not to miss feeding time with the hammerheads!

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    Sharks & Sea Cucumbers & Turtles, Oh My!

    by eitakorlando Written Dec 4, 2003

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    I went to the Aquarium when I was a kid and had no desire to return as an adult. I just came back from a trip to the Keys over Thanksgiving and my boyfriend insisted on a visit to the Aquarium. It is totally cool! I was really surprised! When you walk in, there is a touch tank - you can pick up a conch, sea cucumber, horseshoe crap or an urchin. There is a sea turtle tank, sting ray tank, nurse shark tank and coral -- I'm not being successful at making it sound as cool as it is, but is worth a visit.

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    by boobania Written Sep 23, 2003

    I have visited Key West many times, yet have always discounted the Key West Aquarium, based its looks from the outside. Having visited much larger aquariums (Boston, Connecticut, Xcaret, Mexico, Sea World, etc.), this aquarium at first glance, appears quite small and insignificant. But on a recent visit to the island, I finally visited this old landmark and was pleasantly surprised. My first impression was how clean the place was kept. The floors were immaculate - not a spec of trash or dirt anywhere. The place is old, but not rundown. It has obviously been maintained. Various photos show the place back before the first half of the 20th century. The photos and displays help to convey the history that surrounds the building. The fish tanks are very well kept - no visible algae and healthy, abundant fish. Excellent specimens of all the local fauna are beautifully displayed. Awesome spiny lobster - what a monster! Running down the center of the building is a long, shallow, shark and ray pool. The tour guide gives an excellent talk on the various specimens and you get to see them fed close up. Then, it is out the back door, where a small ocean cove has been enclosed to form a large shark pool. Another feeding takes place, this time with much larger sharks - always cool! Finally, the tour proceeds to the north side of the aquarium where a simulated mangrove environment has been created. Again, I was struck by the cleanliness of the water and the quality of the display. Lush mangrove trees envelope the far side of the display. The variety and quality of fish were excellent - Some beautiful specimens of tarpon and parrotfish, just to name a few. Back inside, there is a "touch" pool is available to hold various specimens of starfish, hermit crabs and sea cucumbers. And don't miss the front room, displaying various artifacts from Key West's shipwrecking days - Many fine treasure artifacts to be seen. Overall, attraction is well worth price of admission and can be enjoyed by all ages, from toddlers on up.

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    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Discover the undersea world at the Key West Aquarium. A Window of Wonder comes alive as expert guides explain the mysteries of the water surrounding the Florida Keys. Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank offer guests hands on experience with sea life. The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrotfish and much, much more.

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    by easterntrekker Written Feb 16, 2009

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    This aquarium has been around for a long time . Since the 1930's . Its not huge but for $12.00 its worth the visit . You can see lots in about an hour or so.

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    Monroe County courthouse

    by el_ruso Written Aug 5, 2006

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    Key West is the seat of Monroe County. You may see an old ornate courthouse and a humongous tree that grows next to it.

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