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Key West Aquarium

Duval Street, Key West, Florida 33040 USA

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Key West Aquarium

“a must-see Key West attraction”

The Aquarium took two years to complete and opened to the public on February 18, 1935. At that time admission was 15 cents for adults and 5 cents for children. The Key West Aquarium was the first aquarium to use an “open air concept”. This allowed for natural sunlight to illuminate the concrete marine displays. Dr. Van Deusen outlined the future of the Aquarium in his speech on it’s opening day. He stated that it was a valuable institution to biologists and students from all around the world in the hope that it would draw thousands of people annually to Key West. One of the purposes for the Key West Aquarium was to be a clearing market for other aquariums around the country. Only seven months after opening, Labor Day of 1935, a hurricane struck the middle keys and destroyed the Overseas Railroad and any hope for the Key West Attraction’s success along with it. At the time the Overseas Extension to the Florida East Coast Railroad was the only way to reach Key West besides by boat. One of the purposes for the Key West Aquarium was to be a clearing market for other aquariums around the country. Only seven months after opening, Labor Day of 1935, a hurricane struck the middle keys and destroyed the Overseas Railroad and any hope for the Key West Attraction’s success along with it. At the time the Overseas Extension to the Florida East Coast Railroad was the only way to reach Key West besides by boat. Today the Aquarium stands as one of the top Key West Florida Attractions and is home to sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical and other various fish found in the beautiful waters of Key West. It is actively involved in conservation of the delicate eco-system of the Florida Keys.

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Reviewed by
dianareyno

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
March 18, 2016
Rated 4.0

Before you go in set your expectations with the understanding that the aquarium is old and small. We went with our 6 year old and spent about 1 1/2 hours there. It was fun but certainly not a world class aquarium. However, there are some advantages to its size. The touch tank is great and very accessible. I've been to larger, more popular aquariums where even getting near the touch tank is a feat in and of itself. Also, there are programs that run throughout the day that allow you to help feed the fish in the very cool outdoor tank and in the nurse shark tank. These types of activities would cost you a lot of extra money at any other aquarium. You're visit will be short one but a fun one.

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Grisbdl

  • 28 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
October 21, 2015
Rated 3.0

It's old, which is the draw but also doesn't seem to be trying to keep up the displays at all. Admission with the Conch Train Tour was only $10, I'm not sure how much more it is for people who pay there. The outdoor lagoon was my favorite part. Kids would probably enjoy it, especially the hands-on tank.

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Key West Aquarium

Duval Street
Key West, Florida
33040 USA

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