Not so bad, Key West
I really don't like this "tourist trap" section...because it all depends on the person. For example, I see a lot of people writing that the tee shirt shops are tourist traps. True, they are not "quality made", but you know that already. Typically anyone buying these shirts are just doing it for the funny words on them, not because they are looking for a serious souviner. I've also seen people say the Conch Train is a tourist trap, but I had a good time on it. As with anything in life it just all depends on the day you go, the guide you get, the weather, your mood, your friend's mood, your stocks, the guide's stocks, etc. : )
Anything is what you make of it. Always try to keep positive!
SNORKELING!!! this was so much fun. of course it's a tourist trap. i saw places charge ridiculous rates for this activity, so be sure to compare prices. The cheapest we found was $28 per person and the trip was three hours long - trust me, that's long enough. But it's so worth it! I wasn't expecting to see all those giant tropical fish, so brightly colored, and swimming along me. it was surreal.
You can find some 'traps' in Key West but not on Big Pine Key. In fact you get more for your money than you plan on. Went to breakfast at the Cracked Egg and I never saw a plate so big and full of food in my life for 4.99. It was unbelievable, especially when you are starved from all the nature trips.
The guy below is Ali Gator at the Blue Hole.