Eco-Inspired Activities

Adventures for those inspired by nature.

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Dolphin in Key West, FL

Dolphin Research Center

Spend a day playing with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions. The Center offers a variety of programs, including: Trainer for a Day, Researcher for a Day, Dolphin Encounter, and Dolphin Dip. The Dolphin Research Center is located about 1 hour north of Key West; it is open 7 days a week and does require advance reservations for all interactive dolphin programs.


Wild Deer in Florida Keys

National Key Deer Refuge

The National Key Deer Refuge, located on Big Pine Key about 30 miles north of Key West, is home to the truly unique Florida Keys deer. The headquarters for the Refuge is housed in the Big Pine Key Plaza off Key Deer Boulevard. Visit the Key Deer in their native habitat.


Fort Jefferson in Florida

Dry Tortugas National Park

The Park is another memorable experience. Accessible only by plane or boat, this is the farthest-at-sea national facility in the continental US. The National Park is made up of seven islands which are located almost 70 miles west of Key West. For more information about the park, visit

If you want to take a boat to the park, we typically recommend taking a fast ferry. The ferry will take you round trip and includes a guided tour, breakfast on board and a picnic buffet at the park. This is an all-day event, departing at 8 am and returning about 5:30 pm.


Monarch Butterfly

Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is a magical experience. Walk through a habitat made up of a variety of birds, flora, and butterflies – thousands of butterflies! Here, you’ll be able to learn about the migration and lifecycle of these graceful creatures.

Frigate Bird

Bird Watching

With over 200 species of birds migrating through the Keys throughout the year, there is always a new species to view. While here, be sure to keep an eye out for frigate birds whose feathers weigh more than their skeletons! Also, watch out for the osprey that nest on the utility poles in the early months of Spring.

Coral underwater in Key West, FL

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Learn about our fragile Keys ecosystem at the eco-discovery center. Wander through over 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory. Don’t miss this chance to learn about the Key West ecosystem… and did we mention it’s free?

baby sea turtle

Turtle Kraals Museum

This tiny museum has a big story to tell. Once home to turtle processing and canning, Key West is now an advocate for the sea turtles. Let a tour guide explain the importance of preserving the environment, in the world’s only sea turtle museum. Hopefully you’ll become just as passionate about sea turtles!

Audubon Charter in Florida Keys

Audubon House and Gardens

Visit the home of the tropical gardens that inspired the Audubon guides. You’ll be able to see a variety of First Edition Audubon works of world-renowned ornithologist, John James Audubon. The Key West Audubon tropical gardens will awe nature lovers with its impressive native and exotic plants.

Key West Botanical Gardens

Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Did you know there is only one frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States? Our tropical environment, with ample rainfall, allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). The Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna.

Fish underwater

Key West Aquarium

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting up-close-and-personal with the sharks, turtles, stingrays and other tropical fish, now you can. The Key West Aquarium is home to a wide variety of sea life and is actively involved in conservation of the delicate eco-system of the Florida Keys. Come interact with the aquatic wildlife!

Diving in Key West, FL

Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, on Key Largo, encompasses approximately 70 nautical square miles and is the only underwater state park. All visitors can enjoy the view of the reef from a glass-bottom boat tour or get a closer look by scuba diving or snorkeling. You can also canoe and kayak through the park’s waters. Be sure to check out the visitor center’s 30,000-gallon saltwater aquarium!

The park is located on Key Largo, approximately 2 hours from Key West.


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