Key West Aquarium
First Open-air aquarium in the USA!
In 1934 Key West was the poorest city in Florida. President Roosevelt, under the WPA program, had the Key West Aquarium built which is still in use today.
With all its natural beauty, Key West has a multitude of exciting activities—the Key West Aquarium tops the list with magnificent displays of the numerous marine animals that make the waters around the island their home.
Hold a live starfish or pet a shark! At the Key West Aquarium you’ll get closer than you’ve ever been (without getting wet) to some of the world’s most intriguing marine species. Opened in 1934, the Key West Aquarium was the very first attraction in the city; it was also the largest aquarium of its kind at the time.
Today, it’s twice the size and showcases many of the sea animals that live in the waters surrounding the Florida Keys. See moray eels, stingrays, barracuda, parrotfish, tarpon, sharks, sea turtles and an array of tropical fish. Learn about their habitats and habits from the Key West Aquarium’s knowledgeable guides.
Have a hands-on experience like never before as you see, feel and pick-up the amazing animals that live in the Touch Tank. They are all harmless, gentle creatures just waiting to get a closer look at you! Listen carefully as Aquarium staff reveal facts and information about these mysterious species.
Be sure to be on hand as hungry sharks and sea turtles devour their breakfast, lunch or late afternoon snack; feedings occur daily at 11am, 1pm and 4:30pm. The Atlantic Shores exhibit offers visitors a chance to learn about a mangrove environment. And the 50,000-gallon tank is home to many colorful and lively tropical and game fish.