The Florida Keys

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  • Bahia Honda State Park

    1. Bahia Honda State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    Most first-time visitors to the region are dismayed by the lack of beaches—but then they discover Bahia Honda Key. The 524-acre park sprawls...Read More

    Bahia Honda State Park
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

    2. John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

    Beach–Sight

    This state park is on everyone's list for easy access to the best diving and snorkeling in Florida. The underwater treasure encompasses 78 nautical...Read More

    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • 3. Anne's Beach Park

    Lower Matecumbe Key | Beach–Sight

    On Lower Matecumbe Key this popular village park is named for a local environmental activist. Its "beach" (really a typical Keys-style sand...Read More

  • 4. Crane Point Museum, Nature Center, and Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    Tucked away from the highway behind a stand of trees, Crane Point—part of a 63-acre tract that contains the last-known undisturbed thatch-palm...Read More

  • 5. Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    American crocodiles, mangrove cuckoos, white-crowned pigeons, Schaus swallowtail butterflies, mahogany mistletoe, wild cotton, and 100 other...Read More

  • 6. Dolphin Research Center

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The 1963 movie Flipper popularized the notion of humans interacting with dolphins, and Milton Santini, the film's creator, also opened this...Read More

  • 7. Dolphins Plus Bayside

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This educational program begins at the facility's bay-side lagoon with a get-acquainted session from a platform. After that, you slip into the...Read More

  • 8. Dolphins Plus Oceanside

    Zoo/Aquarium

    A sister property to Dolphins Plus Bayside, this Dolphins Plus offers some of the same programs, and the age requirement is lower. The cheapest...Read More

  • 9. Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This isn't your typical large-city aquarium. It’s more hands-on and personal, and it's all outdoors with several tiki huts to house the encounters...Read More

  • 10. Florida Keys Wild Bird Center

    Educational Institution

    Have a nose-to-beak encounter with ospreys, hawks, herons, and other unreleasable birds at this bird rehabilitation center. The birds live in...Read More

  • 11. Fort Zachary Taylor Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The park's beach is the best and safest place to swim in Key West. There's an adjoining picnic area with barbecue grills and shade trees, a...Read More

  • 12. Higgs Beach–Astro City Playground

    Beach–Sight

    This Monroe County park with its groomed pebbly sand is a popular sunbathing spot. A nearby grove of Australian pines provides shade, and the...Read More

  • 13. Jacobs Aquatic Center

    Park/Playground

    Take the plunge at one of three swimming pools: an eight-lane, 25-meter lap pool with two diving boards; a 3- to 4-foot-deep pool accessible...Read More

  • 14. Robbie's Marina

    Lower Matecumbe Key | Marina/Pier/Dock

    Huge, prehistoric-looking denizens of the not-so-deep, silver-sided tarpon congregate around the docks at this marina on Lower Matecumbe Key...Read More

  • 15. Sombrero Beach

    Beach–Sight

    No doubt one of the best beaches in the Keys, here you'll find pleasant, shaded picnic areas that overlook a coconut palm–lined grassy stretch...Read More

  • 16. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This air-conditioned refuge for butterflies, birds, and the human spirit gladdens the soul with hundreds of colorful wings—more than 45 species...Read More

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  • 17. The Turtle Hospital

    Educational Institution

    More than 100 injured sea turtles check in here every year. The 90-minute guided tours take you into recovery and surgical areas at the world...Read More

  • 18. Theater of the Sea

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The second-oldest marine-mammal center in the world doesn't attempt to compete with more modern, more expensive parks. Even so, it's among the...Read More

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