Some people come to Key West to snorkel, some people come to get up close and personal with dolphins and some come to enjoy the rich history and culture this tiny little island has to offer. There is no shortage of things to do in Key West, but when you have the family with you, it's especially important to come up with things that keep everyone entertained. Finding things to do in Key West for families of all ages is no problem, but if you're stumped for ideas, here are 5 of the most popular family oriented activities.
If you're after something out of the ordinary, take the kids on a fantastic parasailing adventure. Key West is beautiful from the ground, but from 600 feet in the air, it's absolutely spectacular. The unique architecture of Key West is breathtaking, but pales in comparison to the myriad azure blues and turquoises of the sea below. View the reef and spot bottlenose dolphins splashing about on the not so distant horizon. Take off from the warm sea, or, if you prefer, take off from the beach, either way, you'll be up in the air in no time. And because on a family vacation memories are meant to be special, take someone up with you to share the thrills.
Every kid loves the idea of sailing away like Captain Hook on the high seas, so step aboard a beautiful sailing ship like the Danger Prize, and prepare for a truly unique and exciting sailing adventure. Boats like the Danger Prize were originally designed to harvest oysters, and with a shallow hull, they make perfect craft to zip around the back country of Key West. A billowing sail picks up Caribbean breezes, and experienced guides on board will educate you on the unique biodiversity of the region. Drop anchor for a spell, and explore the splendour of one of North America's most vibrant coral reefs. When you're finished, kayaks are lowered into the water, giving you the opportunity to explore the beautiful back country of Key West. All equipment is included as well as lunch and snacks, so you don't have to worry about fueling up the family in the middle of your excursion.
If you've have family members with the need for speed, one of the most popular and most thrilling things to do in Key West is to hop on a jet ski and hit the high seas. Climb onto a top of the line jet ski, throw on a lifejacket and keep your eye on the experienced in front of you because you may miss something fabulous. You can follow as closely, or as far away as you want, allowing you more freedom than most tours. Knowledgeable guides will teach you all about the flora and fauna in the area, and every tour is catered towards the specific interests of the guests. With several stops made along the way, it's impossible for anyone to be bored, so if you're looking for something that will help everyone blow off some steam, this is definitely the right activity.
There are hundreds of things to do in Key West, and for families, the options are not only abundant but they're unique, with the opportunity to provide memories you can't create anywhere else. Key West is one of the best destinations for family, anywhere in the United States so pack your bags, and tell the kids, because a great family vacay awaits.