Begin your day with morning pickup at your accommodation in Key West.
Travel in an air-conditioned 15-passenger van along the Overseas Highway and over 20 bridges on the way. Your driver-guide shares informative commentary, and points out wildlife and landmarks such as the original Seven Mile Bridge and its modern replacement. The original bridge was once the longest in the world and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Upon arrival at Aquarium Encounters, receive a short orientation then sign up for optional animal encounters. Possibilities include touching the stingrays, seeing the 200,000 gallon reef aquarium, meeting four species of sharks and a giant grouper, or a visit with iguanas, tortoises, or tarpon. Learn about the animals from marine biologists and have free time to explore the aquarium independently.
Stop at Bahia Honda State Park for a walk on the Old Bahia Honda Bridge and a made-to-order picnic lunch, with options like sandwiches, burgers, or pizza.
Then look for wildlife at the National Key Deer Refuge, where you might spot an alligator, turtle, elusive bird species, or the endangered Key Deer that only live on Big Pine Key. You'll also check out the Bat Tower, built in 1929 for mosquito control and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Return to Key West about 4pm where your tour ends with hotel drop-off.