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Family Fun In The Florida Keys
The Florida Keys are the perfect spot for families to enjoy a tropical island holiday - without leaving the United States. This relaxed Caribbean-like destination offers pursuits that the whole family will enjoy. From dolphin encounters to Pirate tours of Old Town Key West. From snorkelling in the oldest underwater park in the world to enjoying lively sunset celebrations in Key West's famous Mallory Square.
Price per person includes:
Return flights from UK to Miami
Full-size car hire
9 nights in hand-picked 4 star accommodation
A personalised road book with travel tips and day to day driving itinerary with local area information
Prices are based on off-season travel. This holiday can be tailor-made. Call the team of USA experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Family Fun in the Florida Keys.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
Dolphin Cove, Turtle Hospital and Marathon Aqua Ranch
Crane Point Museum, Nature Centre and Historic Site
Key Deer Refuge and Conch Tour Train of Key West
Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park
Clearly Unique Kayak Adventures and Shark Adventure
Days 1 - 2 : Key Largo
Your Florida Keys Family Fun adventure begins in laid-back Key Largo, the longest, largest and easternmost island of the Florida Keys. Here the family can enjoy being close to nature and exploring the great outdoors.
Here a visit to the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is a must-do. It's the oldest underwater park in the world and you'll be able to explore it in many number of ways. Glass-bottom boat and snorkel/scuba trips are amongst the most popular. Key Largo is also a great base for dolphin encounters. At Dolphin Cove you can meet and interact with dolphins in the hands-on Shallow Water Dolphin Swims or snorkel freely alongside the dolphins in the Natural Dolphin Swim program. Dolphins Plus offers the opprtunity to get up close and personal with dolphins and sea lions for an unforgettable experience.
If you fancy a spot of deep sea-fishing, even if you have no experience, jump onboard the Sailor's Choice Party Boat and the whole family can learn to fish, or sit back relax and watch the others haul in their catches.
Lady Hawke Hover Tours is another fun family activity. Enjoy a two hour cruise at high speed to Blackwater Sound and Lake Surprise. Stop for a beach picnic or enjoy a game of water volleyball during your voyage.
If interested in bird watching then The Florida Keys Wild Bird rehabilitation facitlity is a interesting stop and it's fun to watch the daily pelican feeding.
Days 3 - 4 : Islamorada
It's a short but scenic drive along The Overseas Highway to your next stop, Islamorada, The Sport Fishing Capital of The World.
In Islamorada consider spending the day at Theatre Of the Seas. Here you can watch dolphin, sea lion, and parrot shows. There's a lagoon-side beach to relax by here, as well as interactive swim programs with dolphins, sea lions and rays.
Party fishng boat options are also readily on offer here for all levels of experience, it's a fabulous day or half day out at sea.
Days 5 - 7 : Key West
En route to your next destination, vibrant Key West, be sure to make a stop at Bahia Honda State Park. This park boasts a beautiful, quiet beach and from here you can take snorkelling tours to Looe Key National Marine Sanctuary.
Your three night stay at the tip of the Keys is in Key West, the southernmost city in the continental USA. This historic town is filled with colourful gingerbread cottages, pirate museums, funky sidewalk cafes and lots of cool attractions. Here we suggest you discover the beauty of The Conch Republic from your seat on the Conch Train, on this 90 minute narrated tour you hear about the myths and legends that surround Key West, as well it as famous residents.
For a bit of unique experience try your hand at a spot of kayaking through the Key West unspoiled, back country in 100% clear kayaks. Or jump aboard the Yankee Freedom ferry from Key West to Fort Jefferson Dry Tortugas National Park located just 70 miles west of Key West. During your voyage you'll enjoy the dolphin spotting and the beautiful scenery of the Marquesa Islands, Boca Grand. Once you arrive the whole family will fall in love with what is considered the best beach in the Florida Keys.
The family is sure to enjoy a Pirate Walking Tour of Key West where expert storytellers will tell classic tales of the famous pirates, buccaneers and freebooters that plied the waters of Key West. If the Key West Aquarium, the Key West Toy Factory Tour or the Eco-Discovery Centre are a bit tame for your little ones, why not consider a trip into backwater country for a spot of shark viewing.
A perfect end to a day in Key West is to stop by Mallory Square and enjoy the sunset celebrations. This fun event is for the whole family to enjoy and happens every night at sundown when locals and tourists gather to celebrate the end of the day. Here you're you'll see acrobats, animal acts, street performers, musicians, portrait artists and craft exhibitors.
Days 8 - 9 : Duck Key
Surrounded by azure waters, your stop for the next two nights is the fabulous Hawks Cay Resort on the tiny tropical island of Duck Key. Here the family can enjoy kite-boarding, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing and tennis.
When you stay at Hawks Cay Resort you'll also have the unique opportunity to encounter bottlenose dolphins in the marine mammal's natural environment. The Dolphin Connection program, located in an ocean-fed saltwater lagoon, is home to a pod of friendly and highly-intelligent dolphins that you can interact with while learning the importance of protecting Florida's marine ecosystem. Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers free public viewing of trained dolphins. They also offer a variety of educational and exciting programs for adults, children and the entire family to enjoy. Whether you choose to jump in the water for a hands-on dolphin encounter, learn how to train dolphins or sit on the dock and admire fantastic aerial behaviours, you will not be disappointed.
Day 10 : Miami
En route to the airport and your early evening flight back from Miami to the UK, consider a visit to the Everglades National Park. Not only is it the third largest National Park in the USA, it's the largest sub-tropical wilderness in America. Spend the morning looking for alligators and other wildlife on one of the many thrilling airboat trips available here.
Perhaps you may decide to extedn your stay and spend the whole day at Everglades Natinal Park or maybe you want to include a few days in Orlando and enjoy some of its famous theme parks.
Call the USA travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Family Fun in the Florida Keys.