The Key West Aquarium is the only public aquarium in Key West, Florida, United States. It is located at 1 Whitehead Street and is marked by Historic Marker 52.
Built between 1932 and 1934, the Key West Aquarium is one of Florida's oldest aquariums. Original admission was 15 cents for adults and 5 cents for children.
|Monday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Tuesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Wednesday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Thursday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Friday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Saturday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
|Sunday||9:00 AM – 6:00 PM|
Steffie St John | Feb 25, 2018
Great for kids and adults as well. Lots to see and with a hands on experience for the young at heart. We loved it!
Megan Clay Constantine | Dec 4, 2017
We went here with our children and had a most excellent time. There are so many cool things to see also interactive activities. Sure, it is quite small (not much space on the Key West waterfront), but they do a lot of good with what they have.
Jeff Gruden | Jan 16, 2018
Great experience. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Its better than what I expected for an aquarium of its age. What it might lack in size it makes up for with hands on exhibits and feedings. We spent about 2 hours there. You could spend more or less time depending on if you interact with the guides and watch the feedings. It is an old aquarium but they look like they have been working to do updates and keep it current. We will probably do this again on another visit.
Ashley Harris | Feb 8, 2018
Loved this aquarium for our small children. The staff was SO nice. The exhibits were lovely. The feedings were fun. Overall, we loved it and would return again!
Dominic Rome | Dec 25, 2017
Very small, but I definitely recommend it if you're around Mallory Square. What they do for marine wildlife is commendable. Wish there were more like it....The shark & Atlantic fish feedings were great!
eddie cho | Mar 15, 2018
Though this aquarium is small, it is still worth a visit for small children. They have a touch pond where you can touch horseshoe crabs and sea cucumbers, amongst other sea creatures. They have another pool filled with various small sharks. Outside, they had a shark feeding time, which was popular amongst the patrons. We were even treated to a turtle "walking", who had a fun little quirk, where if you tickled its backside, it will wiggle back and forth. They have various other smaller fish and other sea creatures displayed throughout the walls of the aquarium.
Layne Doyle | Mar 22, 2018
Another awesome stop while in Key West. It's small for an aquarium but has a great variety of fish, rays, sharks, and even birds! I love stopping in for a look around at all the different species, and it's definitely a thrilling walk through for tourists to see! It's definitely a great, inexpensive experience.
Toby Weir-Jones | Mar 14, 2018
A study in contrasts. The people there can be excellent, or project they are simply going through the motions. The exhibits range from superior to mediocre. The social relevance clings to concerns about invasive species and protection of coral reefs, which are great causes, but still a bit abstract for most visitors. And yet the KW Aquarium parlays its superb location, authentic and genuine live tanks and interactive exhibits, and palpable intersection with the harsh realities (hurricanes, bad weather) and how ecosystems can still survive in spite of it all. Younger kids will love it and it's great to support their ongoing work on rehabilitating injured creatures and raising awareness about protection of the local fauna.
Alma frederick-Clark | Apr 26, 2018
Not big but it had some interested exhibits. Both my kids had fun look at the fish in the tanks and they especially enjoyed the outdoor exhibit.
Lauren Morrison | May 14, 2018
Small aquarium, but impressive with the amount of interactive activities given to the patrons. There are many opportunities for you to witness feedings and explainantions about different sea creatures. We also enjoyed the set up. Our only critique would be certain fish had no information on them and the ones that we did see didn't say much else besides their common and scientific names. Great place to relax and see some beautiful ocean life!
Erin Robinson | Jun 4, 2018
Though some of the fish and wildlife is pretty cool it's also sad and heart breaking. I truly hope this is not the final home for these animals. Temporary or a lay over or rehab....something. The staff seemed invested and caring toward the animals but the tanks and living spaces were ridiculously small! 12 + shark were in one display tank that was suited for more like 1-2. Shallow, small, over crowded and they seemed very scared and agitated. They all huddled in a corner piled on top of each other trying to be the one in the bottom or they simply tried to constantly swim away from people and their shadows. No vegitation, fake or natural. White barren walls of concrete. Same for the sting rays and most other fish. Even the baby crocodiles and hawk they had were contained in very VERY small barren cages. The sea turtle rehab was great- the star attraction really. Small area but a trainer/tech/caretaker was cleaning and aiding two turtles who had missing flippers (one was missing a flipper at each end). As the turtle was being cleaned he was rubbing himself against the caretaker and when his head was scrubbed he would get a goofy grin and bob his head trying to come back for more if the caretaker stopped. That was the highlight. Otherwise, the animals themselves were awesome and staff was great.
Lakeland/Winter Haven Kayak Tours | May 29, 2018
Nice road side attraction!! Friendly staff! Some staff not knowledgeable of there work and the aquariums cause. Entry Fee not to bad.
John Seratt | May 16, 2018
This is not a large aquarium but the exhibits are wonderfully filled with fish. It has a nice shark pool and I love seeing the injured turtles having a safe place to swim. The Everglade pool was also very nice.
highbuilder | Jun 28, 2018
To be an aquarium in the keys the key West aquarium is quite small. From all the ocean, and sea animals all around, you'd expect a bit more. However they have a good verity of animals from alligator all the way to sharks. Me being a huge shark fan, I'd wish they had a little more types because all they have are nurse sharks and another type I'm not sure about. You can pet and hold the crabs, snails, and starfish. They have 2 turtles outside the very back, that both need new flippers. The names are lola and Rocky. Their flippers are both made from the same people who have made winter the dolphins fin. On the outside door on the side, they have lots of fish, turtles, baby alligator, and a snake. Then there's also a gift shop to the side, where they have stuffed animals, key chains, souvenir, Christmas ornaments (we went late June so I'm guessing all year around), shirts, etc.. The aquarium was good, the staff really cares about the animals, and make sure they are safe.
Sonia Ramirez | Jul 5, 2018
My husband, our three children, 11, 13, and 15 years old, and myself went this morning. When you first walk in it’s not much to look at but when the presentations began at each exhibit.. it was AWESOME! All 5 of us learned so much about the animals in the touch tank, shark exhibit, fish pond, and the sea turtles from K.P. It was very interesting and totally worth the money!
Jeff Miceli | Jul 1, 2018
Nice quality museum. Not sure why they call the theater a planetarium since there is no star projector. The movie we saw was very good though.
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