Key West Aquarium in Key West , FL

Mallory SquareKey West , FL 33040
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The Key West Aquarium is Key West’s first attraction and was built by the WPA during the Depression. The facility took two years to complete and opened on February 18, 1935. It was the first aquarium in the world to use the open air concept allowing for natural sunlight to illuminate the concrete marine displays. One of its original purposes was a marine repository for other aquariums from around the country.

In 1943 the US Government leased the Key West Aquarium to the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who used it as a rifle range. In 1946 the Aquarium was returned to the city of Key West and restored to its former glory. In the 1960's the roof was added to the once opened air aquarium to cut down on algae in the exhibits. More modern methods of illuminating the tanks were slowly being developed and with it came the end of the open air aquarium.

Today, the Key West Aquarium is home to sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical and other various fish found in the beautiful waters of Key West. It is actively involved in conservation of the delicate eco- system of the Florida Keys.

Aquarium Highlights:
  • Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank offer guests hands on experience with the sea life of the surrounding waters.
  • The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, parrotfish and much, much more.

    Operating Times: Daily. 10 am to 6 pm - 365 days a year.
    Duration: self guided
    Parking: Parking is available at Mallory Square or The Westin Parking garage.
    Age Requirements: Children prices are ages 4-12 yrs. of age. Children 3 yrs. and younger are free.

    Shows & Feeding: 11AM, 1PM, 3PM & 4:30PM
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    Kingsport, Tennessee
    "Nice aquarium"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed July 10, 2019 NEW
    We been there several times they have a shark feeding I think twice a day turtles ,fish, and snake . They have a gift shop nice prices
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    Las Vegas, Nevada
    "Good for kids"
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed July 09, 2019 NEW
    Although small, there are plenty of fish and turtles to see. Staff were friendly. Many activities throughout the day and the ability to visit multiple times throughout the day for the specific activities. Great activity for kids in an adult focused town.
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    "Very Nice"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed July 08, 2019 NEW
    The aquarium was small but very nice. There is an area for kids (and adults) to touch various sea creatures. My daughter also got to feed a nurse shark.
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    "Small but worth the visit"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed July 05, 2019 NEW
    Great aquarium! The staff are very knowledgeable and super friendly. It was fun learning about the sea turtles being rehabbed with prosthetics, feeding the stingrays, and seeing all the tropical fish. Had a great time!
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    Holly V
    Coral Springs, Florida
    "Cute aquarium"
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed July 05, 2019 NEW
    We went today and ended up spending 3 hours in this adorable little place. We loved the feeding and information about all the sea creatures living there. There are feedings throughout the day for the sharks, sting rays, lion fish, and mangrove habitat.
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    Frequently Asked Questions about Key West Aquarium

    Where are you located?
    The Key West Aquarium is located on the world famous Mallory Square, home of the nightly Sunset Celebration. We are at the corner of Front St. and Whitehead St. in historic Old Town Key West. Our address is #1 Whitehead Street, Key West, FL 33040.

    Do you have parking?
    Parking can be difficult in Old Town. However, there is plenty of metered parking on several blocks around Mallory Square. There is a parking garage at the Westin Resort one block over. There is also a Park and Ride garage located on the corner of Caroline and Grinnell Street where you can park and use the city bus to get downtown.

    What do you do during the guided tours and feedings?
    Our guided tours and feedings are 30 to 40 minute walking tours of the aquarium. It is led by our guide that feeds many marine animals while educating our guests with interesting facts and the history of Key West.

    Can I take photographs and/or video?
    Absolutely. Photographs and video are always welcome.

    How much time should I expect to spend in the aquarium?
    The average time our guests spend at once is 45 minutes to an hour.

    How large is the aquarium?
    Since the aquarium was first opened in 1935, it is a smaller, historical aquarium. It is one story and is wheelchair accessible.

    Are you closed for holidays?
    No. The aquarium is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We reserve the right to close early should special circumstances arise. We immediately inform our guests if there is any change in operation hours.

    Are you pet friendly?
    Yes! Dogs are welcome anytime as long as they are on leashes. The aquarium reserves the right to request the removal of any animal displaying aggressive behavior or for excessive noise.

    Can I bring drinks and food inside?
    Yes, food and drinks are allowed inside the Aquarium.