ATTRACTION: Key West Aquarium.
WHERE: 1 Whitehead St. Key West, Florida 33040
AGE RESTRICTIONS: None.
PRICE: Adults $12. Children aged 5 to 12, $5. Children under 4 years old admitted free. Prices are plus tax.
During the Great Depression, Key West had turned over its charter to the federal government due to the economic disaster that had hit the island. The federal government believed Key West, with its great weather and location, would make a wonderful tourist destination. The Works Project Administration was sent in and built the Key West Aquarium between 1932-1934. The Aquarium was originally an open air aquarium, one of the first and largest at the time. Today, it is nearly twice the size of the original with the addition of the Atlantic Shores exhibit and the large outdoor holding pens.
Discover the undersea world at the Key West Aquarium. A window of wonder comes alive as expert guides explain the mysteries of the water surrounding the Florida Keys. Daily shark and turtle feedings and the Touch Tank offer guests hands on experience with sea life. The Aquarium features a wide variety of fish including grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrotfish and much, much more. During your tour, you will even be able to pet a live shark! Tours and shark feedings occur daily at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, and 4:30pm.
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