Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
Explore over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits as you educate yourself about our fragile ecosystem at the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Watch a visually stunning film about the ocean, discover a mock-up of Aquarius—the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, and browse the gift shop for a unique keepsake.
The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth, and this "frost-free" botanical garden is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. The tropical environment and ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves year-round, creating a tropical paradise for your viewing pleasure no matter what month you’re visiting Key West. Visit this garden to view some of the richest in plant and animal life on the planet.
Key West Aquarium
The Key West Aquarium is home to sharks, turtles, stingrays, other tropical fish found in the beautiful waters of Key West. Watch as the tour guide feeds stingrays and nurse sharks, view the open-air turtle tank, and check out the petting tank where you can interact with various fish, turtles, and eels! Become actively involved in conservation of the delicate eco-system of the Florida Keys.
Dolphin Research Center
This Key West adventure is a once in a lifetime experience for anyone who loves aquatic animals. Spend a day playing with Atlantic Bottle-Nose Dolphins and California Sea Lions at the Dolphin Research Center! They offer a variety of terrific programs, including Trainer for a Day, Researcher for a Day, Dolphin Encounter, and Dolphin Dip, all of which need to be reserved in advance and online. The DRC is located on Grassy Key and about an hour's drive from The Southernmost House.
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
The Butterfly Conservatory is a magical Key West excursion for adults and children alike! Walk amongst a beautiful habitat of colorful birds, exotic flora, and thousands of friendly butterflies. Learn about the migration and life cycle of these graceful creatures or visit the gift shop for a unique Key West butterfly keepsake.
Turtle Kraals Museum/Key West Turtle Museum
This tiny museum has an deep story to tell. Although Key West has a history of turtle processing and canning, it is now home to the only sea turtle museum in the world! An enthusiastic tour guide will take you through the exhibits and explain the importance of preserving the environment, and by the time you leave you'll be just as passionate as they are.