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Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

1. Key West: Reef Snorkel Morning Tour with Breakfast & Mimosas

Hop onboard your catamaran for the morning then set sail onto Key West’s glistening turquoise waters towards the third longest reef in the world. During the cruise, soak up epic views of the coastline and snack on a delicious, light breakfast accompanied by mimosas. Upon arrival at the snorkel site, get kitted out with all the necessary gear and listen to a safety briefing. Afterwards, make a splash as you jump into the refreshing, crystal clear water. Follow your instructor as you navigate this impressive coral reef and snorkel in search of colorful marine life. During the experience, enjoy the opportunity to see some of Key West’s 110 species of coral and 500 species of tropical fish. At the end of an epic adventure, relax on deck, grab a beer, and soak up the last of the coastal views as you sail back to port.

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Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

2. Key West Dolphin Watch and Snorkel Eco Tour

Climb aboard a fast catamaran for an aquatic journey of a lifetime, and observe the grace and beauty of resident Key West dolphins in the shimmering turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Look for bottlenose dolphins as they swim, play, feed and do what comes naturally. Then, head to the Key West wildlife refuge to snorkel in the shallow backcountry waters. Relax in the knowledge that your tour is provided by the only company in the Florida Keys with the prestigious “Dolphin SMART” certification, a national program that protects and promotes the responsible observance of dolphins. The program was put together by conservation agencies, including the National Marine Sanctuary of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the Dolphin Ecology Project and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Begin your ride back to the dock, and enjoy a complimentary cold beer and chilled wine, whether you choose the morning or afternoon option. Opt for the sunset tour and experience the world famous Key West sunset as a bonus.

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Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

3. Florida Keys: Duck Key Swim with Dolphins

Enjoy an up-close and personal experience with dolphins. Discover more about these incredible animals and conservation activities to safeguard them. Check in at the local partner's office to start your activity. Listen to a brief educational session on the world of dolphins. Learn about the local partner's conservation activities. Pay close attention to the demonstration on proper hand placements to be fully prepared. Then, get kitted out in a life vest before being welcomed into the water and greeted by a knowledgeable trainer and their dolphin companion. Experience different dolphin behaviors, including an unforgettable heartfelt deep-water handshake. Be safe in the knowledge that professional photographers will capture this incredible experience. Enjoy being brought back to the submerged platform by your new dolphin friends with the Florida breeze in your hair.

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Key West: Old Town Trolley 12-Stop Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4. Key West: Old Town Trolley 12-Stop Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Enjoy the sun, charming setting, and clear waters of Key West on this Old Town Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour. This tour covers the entire city. You can avoid the trouble of driving and parking in a new place. The trolley tour is also designed so that you can hop-on and off and explore on your own, on any of the 12 stops. Your ticket is valid for all day, so you can tour at your own speed. There are frequent pick-ups at all of the 12 stops so you’ll never have far to walk. And our Old Town Trolley conductors will be there to guide you through this tropical paradise on one of the distinctive orange and green trolleys. Don’t miss this great day out!

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Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

5. Key West Double Dip: 2-Stop Reef Snorkeling Trip

The only thing better than snorkeling in Key West is doing it twice! Climb aboard the fast Fury catamaran and head out to Key West’s underwater marvels. During this 3-hour trip you’ll have the opportunity to explore the reef at 2 different locations. The Reef Express is a 57-foot power catamaran built for speed and comfort. It’s the quickest way to get to the reef, so you spend less time traveling and more time snorkeling. Once you reach the reef, you’ll be provided top-of-the-line snorkeling gear including a snorkel, mask, fins and a snorkeling vest. You’ll also get some professional tips and guidance on how to snorkel to better enjoy your experience. After meeting some of the most popular residents – the colorful marine species that inhabit the reef – you'll be transported to another ideal location on the reef for more snorkeling. Double Dip provides approximately 1.5-hours of Key West snorkeling during a 3-hour adventure. If you select the Double Dip Sunset Combo trip, after experiencing the finest Key West snorkeling, the Reef Express will head out to sea to find the perfect place to watch a dramatic sunset. Raise your glass of complimentary Champagne as you toast another fun-filled day in the paradise that is Key West.

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Key West Aquarium Tickets

6. Key West Aquarium Tickets

If you have ever wondered what it is like to touch a shark or hold a live starfish, then this ticket is for you. It will get you entrance to the Key West Aquarium, which first opened its doors in 1934 and was the very first attraction in the city. During the day you will get closer to marine life than you ever thought possible, without getting wet. See some of the world’s most intriguing marine species, such as moray eels, stingrays, barracuda, parrotfish, tarpon, sharks, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. Learn about their habitats and habits from the Key West Aquarium’s knowledgeable guides, and then get a hands-on experience as you feel and pick-up the amazing animals that live in the Touch Tank. They are all harmless, gentle creatures, just waiting to get a closer look at you too! Move on to catch the hungry sharks and sea turtles devour their breakfast, lunch or late afternoon snack; feedings occur daily at 11:00, 13:00 and 16:30. The Atlantic Shores exhibit offers visitors a chance to learn about a mangrove environment, while the 50,000-gallon tank is home to many colorful and lively tropical and game fish. Spend as long as you like at the underwater wonderland; it is open daily from 10:00 through 18:00, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

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Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

7. Key West: 4-Hour Private Sandbar Cruise on a Tiki Bar Boat

Explore the turquoise waters of Key West and the Florida Keys on a sandbar cruise on a floating tiki bar boat for a fun and private day out on the water with friends and family. Bring your own food and drinks and party like a local. Escape the crowds and explore the gorgeous waters of the Florida Keys as you make your way to the pristine sandbars that lie offshore. There’s a good chance you'll spot rays, turtles, fish, and even dolphins. For an unforgettable day out, bring your swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, snacks, and drinks (alcohol welcomed). Enjoy a floating mat, foam noodles, and a Bluetooth stereo for even more fun.

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Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

8. Florida Keys: Dockside Dolphin Experience

Feed, play and interact with real-life dolphins. This program is perfect for families with young children that don’t mind getting splashed but aren’t ready to be in the water with these friendly faces. The dolphins will be ready to greet you dockside. Prior to meeting the beloved mammals, you’ll get a brief educational session on the world of dolphins, conservation, and a mini demonstration on proper hand placements for each kind of dolphin behavior. Next, feed and play with dolphins from the dry training docks. Guests will also get the opportunity to have some fun playtime interaction, which can be semi-customized to better enhance each guest or group. You’ll even have your own talented photographers capturing your experience throughout the program.

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Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

9. Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum Tickets

Since the first Spanish galleons began to traverse the Florida Straits in the 16th century, ships have wrecked along the treacherous reefs of Key West and the Florida Keys. Now, you can learn all about the area’s maritime past with a trip to the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum. Wrecking and salvaging – the recovery of wrecked ships and their cargo – was the foundation of Key West’s economy during the 1800s. The economic boom it created meant that by the mid-1850s, Key West had become the richest city per capita in all of the United States of America. Learn the history of the region’s shipwrecking past at the Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum, with two floors of genuine recovered artifacts. See pieces of wrecked Spanish fleets dating back to the 1600s and 1700s, as well as pieces from the Isaac Allerton, wrecked way back in 1856. Guests can even lift a silver bar, which was salvaged from the Spanish treasure galleon Nuestra Senora de las Maravillas. The museum itself is a recreation of the 19th century wrecker tycoon Asa Tift’s warehouse, and includes a 65-foot look-out tower. At the Historeum, you can also expect storytellers in period costumes and an array of audio visual displays that brings the history of Key West to life.

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What people are saying about Florida Keys

Thank you! Great trip!! I’ve experienced panic attacks on my other snorkeling trips. Lisa helped understand why and I was able to snorkel!! Her assistant Cat was also excellent! Thank you so much!!

Bill, Alex, and Neko are great guides. They made the boat ride to the reef fun. The reef was an excellent location with plenty of fish that get right up to your face. I would definitely recommend.

The trip out was great. The crew were friendly. The reef was beautiful. The price was right!

The drivers are so knowledgeable. This was hands down our favorite part of the trip!

Captain Willy and Sarah were fantastic. Even after a storm they found dolphins!