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Kid Sized Key West Attractions
by Christine OKelly
Sometimes the island can seem like an adult destination. While there are plenty of things to do -- from scuba diving to snorkeling and deep sea fishing to enjoying a few drinks on active and bustling Duval Street -- at a glance it might seems as though there are plenty of things to do for adults, but not many activities for the kids.
However, that is not actually true. Finding Key West attractions for the younger set is amazingly easy. There are many tours, museums, and excursions that are not only fun for those over 18, they are also a blast for teens, tweens, and even the youngest sightseers.
History Comes To Life On The Island
History is everywhere on the island and the number of attractions can't even begin to illustrate it. For kids who have grown up with stories of pirates, treasure, and shipwrecks, the Pirate Soul Museum brings these stories to life. It contains real pirate weapons and artifacts that can be viewed up close and will take visitors back over 300 years in time.
The Harry S. Truman Little White House is an amazing glimpse back in time. This Key West attraction is the spot where the president wintered from 1946 through 1952. It is where presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Carter, and Clinton vacationed or hosted events. Thomas Edison also once used it. The museum is open daily for guided tours.
Natural Experiences That Are Much Better Than Television
If your child is one of those children that simply can't get enough information or knowledge, your vacation might be well spent in Key West. Attractions on the island allow visitors to see nature up close. The Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens are great places for budding botanists and biologists to witness the majesty of nature and appreciate biodiversity. The forest contains two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys. It also serves as a migratory stop for neo-tropical birds coming from as far as South America. It is also home to diverse species of butterflies, birds, and beautiful flowers. Both attractions offer educational activities for all ages.
The Aquarium houses marine life indigenous to the region. It is open 365 days a year and will let youngsters see a wide selection of tropical fish, underwater plants, and other sea life. There is also the option to take a feeding tour while visiting the museum.
Touring On The Trolley
One of the most fun ways to get from Point A to Point B on the island is to hop aboard the Old Town Trolley. This guided tour will teach you and your children about over 100 different attractions. At 90 minutes, it is a non-stop learning trip through the heart of the Conch Republic. The trolley ride is also a favorite because it gives riders the option to get on and off the trolley if they want to make a stop and enjoy the city by foot.
About the Author
Christine O'Kelly writes for the experts at Best On Key West. They provide information on Key West attractions.