The country's southernmost city is usually considered a destination for adults, but there are plenty of activities for kids.
And they can all be discovered on board the little Conch Train, a hit with children. (Fares are $14 for adults; $6 for children ages 4 to 12.) Board at Front and Duval streets. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call (305) 294-5161 for information.
Here are a few of the attractions for children:
The Key West Aquarium (at 1 Whitehead St., Mallory Market; (305) 296-2051; adults, $6.50; children 8-15, $3.50; under 8, free) is only one of many stops for children. The aquarium is the city's oldest attraction, proof that the town has always been and still is a place for the family.
Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society Museum, 200 Greene St.; (305) 294-2633; adults, $6; children 6-12, $2; hours, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Children can see the treasures, including emeralds, gold coins, weapons and jewelry recovered from the Spanish galleons the Atocha and Margarita. They can even lift a gold bar. There's also a 20-minute movie (last show is at 4:30 p.m.) that documents the discovery of the treasure.
Hemingway House Museum, 907 Whitehead St.; (305) 294-1575; open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; adults, $6.50; children 6-12, $2. On a recent visit, several children were enthralled by the guide's recounting of Hemingway's exploits in Spain, Africa and Cuba. They also loved the resident cats.
Lighthouse Museum, 938 Whitehead St.; (305) 294-0012; adults, $5; children 7-12, $1; hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The 104-year-old, 90-foot tall lighthouse offers a fantastic view of Key West, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Parents can sit in the shade near the bottom while the kids run up the 88 steps to the top.
Fort Zachary Taylor on 87 acres at the foot of Southard Street. Built in 1845, the fort was occupied by the Union Army in 1861. Today, the fort is on the National Register of Historic Places. Children will like the Civil War Museum, which has the largest collection of Civil War cannons in the United States. The fort is also a great place for swimming, fishing and picnics.