Florida Road Trip: What To Do With The Kids In The Keys


There’s no family vacation quite like a road trip down the Florida Keys. With a number of brilliant, tropical stop-offs on your way from the culture capital of Miami all the way down there to Key West, it offers a whole lot for kids and adults. Breaking down some of our favorite examples, we put together this guide on what do with the kids in the Keys.

Snorkel Over John Pennekamp Coral Reef

Starting  at Key Largo, the island is one of the most popular destinations you can hit on your road trip down the Florida Keys, and John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park provides a number of special sites that the kids will love. Take them on a snorkeling excursion over the reef for an experience they’ll never forget.

Eat Key Lime Pie in Tavernier

Kids love sweets and dessert, and the Florida Keys is famous for its specialty key lime pie. When passing through Tavernier on your way down to Key West, take a stop at the world-famous Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory to treat the kids to the some of the most famous slices around.

Visit a Tropical Forest in Islamorada

Islamorada is a destination in the Florida Keys that’s filled with wondrous, child-friendly attractions that include tropical forests with trails leading to fossil reefs, quarries, natural tree hammocks, wildlife viewings and more.

Check Out Curry Hammock State Park

About halfway between Key Largo and Key West, Curry Hammock State Park features a 1,000-acre parcel of uninhabited land. An incredible outlet to explore local nature, the park features a number of attractions including large mangrove swamps and Rockland hammocks. It’s a great place to take the kids kayaking or paddleboarding.

Visit The Key West Aquarium

While there are a number of opportunities to show your kids local wildlife on a road trip down the Florida Keys, it’s pretty tough to get a look at all the creatures under the sea. When you get down to Key West, take them to the Key West aquarium to give them a glimpse at more of these wondrous animals, all while sprinkling some education on top. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is nearby and has a similar appeal.

More Key West Attractions

Key West itself has myriad activities for families. We recommend taking them to the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum, the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Mile Marker 0, Ernest Hemingway’s House, Mallory Square, and the USCGC Ingham Maritime Museum.

Discover More of Key West

Planning a family getaway to the Florida Keys? Explore our local recommendations on the Parrot Key blog.

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