The Key West Aquarium is one of the oldest aquariums in Florida and one of the most popular attractions for people of all ages when visiting the area. It’s also home to the very creatures than can be found in the waters of Key West — sharks, turtles, stingrays, a wide variety of fish and much more.
The aquarium is renowned for its interactivity. The popular Touch Tank is a way for guests to get up close with some of the more familiar creatures that can be found in Key West’s waters. Many of these marine animals — like conchs, sea stars, slate pencil sea urchins, serpent sea stars, sea cucumbers, giant hermit crabs and horseshoe crabs — can be seen when kayaking or snorkeling.
Hop on one of the four daily tours and watch (and participate in) a shark feeding, learning more about one of humankind’s most feared apex predators in the process. Then come face to face with a juvenile nurse shark and touch its tail. At the Atlantic Shores Exhibit, feed some of the larger animals while discussing the variety of marine life in the exhibit — tropical and game fish, sharks and sea turtles in a 50,000-gallon tank. Other aquarium exhibits feature alligators, stingrays, jellyfish and more.