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Guide to Key Largo for Families

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The only way to make a visit to the Sunshine State even better, is to visit the diving capital of the world — Key Largo — while you're there. With an array of water and beach activities at the ready, whether your family is looking to laze on the beach, snorkel, go kayaking; or try some amazing seafood, there's something for all ages in Key Largo.

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer

10 Places

4 City Tips

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10 Places

Jacob's Aquatic Center

Water Sports

Harry Harris Park

Beaches, Parks

Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

State Parks

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Geologic Formations, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Caribbean Watersports

Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Eco Tours, Private Tours

Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat

Boat Tours

Garl's Coastal Kayaking Everglades

Kayaking & Canoeing

EcoKeys

Sightseeing Tours

Dolphins Plus Bayside

Swim with Dolphins

Key Largo Bicycle and Adventure Tours

Equipment Hire, Bike Tours

Melanie F's City Tips

  • Bring an umbrella if you're visiting the Florida Keys during the summer.
  • The Florida Keys are welcoming to individuals and families of all lifestyles.
  • Key Largos climate is tropical — bring light comfortable clothing and sunscreen.
  • The best way to get to everything you'd like to do in Key Largo is by car. Bicycles can also be rented by the day if you're feeling more active!
  • Jacob's Aquatic Center
    Water Sports
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    Melanie F Says:

    This large three-pool complex offers structured water fun for family members of all ages. Jacob's Aquatic Center offers programs like water aerobics and pilates, swimming lessons, and summer camp; plus, smaller kids will love to splash around in the water park with a pirate ship and a spray gym!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas day.
    • Family rates are available.
    • Spray-on sunscreens are not allowed.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #77 of 125 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Key Largo
    • Fun time 03/03/2018
    • Good way to spend a few hours while passing through Key Largo 04/07/2017
    • Jacob's Aquatic Center
    Address:
    320 Laguna Ave
    Key Largo, FL 33037-4336
    Phone:
    (305) 453 - SWIM
    Other:
  • Harry Harris Park
    Beaches, Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    If you're looking to take the little ones to where they can act undisturbed like kids, Harry Harris Park Beach is considered Key Largo's 'kids beach,' offering several family friendly features. From sunrise to sunset, the whole family can romp around this man-made beach, taking advantage of its barbecues and picnic tables, basketball court and baseball fields, as well as boat ramps, bike paths, and a children’s playground.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Restrooms with showers are available.
    • Local residents get in for free.
    • Be sure to bring sunscreen.
    • Come during the week to avoid crowds.
    • Ample parking is available by the beach and on the other side of the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 things to do in Key Largo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Beach 16/04/2018
    • Great safe beach at the keys 04/04/2018
    • Harry Harris Park
    Address:
    Mile Marker 92.5
    Oceanside, Tavernier Key
    Key Largo, FL 33037
    Phone:
    +1 305-852-7161
    Other:
  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
    State Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    One of the most amazing places to explore in the area is the Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park. Wander some — or all — of the six miles of trails here, and discover some of the park's 84 protected species of animals and plant life. The perfect setting to bring the family to learn more about nature — look out for the interesting information signs as you explore!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring a camera.
    • Don't forget sunscreen and insect repellent.
    • Most trails are bicycle, stroller, and wheelchair friendly.
    • Open daily, year round.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 37 things to do in Key Largo
    • A waste of precious time 17/11/2018
    • Decent trail 14/10/2018
    • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
    Address:
    County Road 905
    Key Largo, FL 33070
    Phone:
    +1 305-451-1202
    Other:
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
    Geologic Formations, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    Melanie F Says:

    For geological enthusiasts both young and young at heart, the Windley Key Fossil Reep Geological State Park is an awe-inspiring place to spend the day. Originally a quarry utilized in the 1900s to help with the build of the Overseas Railroad, nowadays it's a treasure trove of fossilized coral and nature trails.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Children five years of age and younger go free.
    • Bring sunscreen and insect repellent.
    • The park is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    • Don't forget the camera, and maybe binoculars — this is bird-watcher heaven!
    • Railroad enthusiasts will love it.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 33 things to do in Islamorada
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting place in time. 20/11/2018
    • Beautiful park 13/11/2018
    • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
    Address:
    Mile Marker 84.5
    Windley Key
    Islamorada, FL 33036
    Phone:
    +1 305-664-2540
    Hours:
    Thu - Mon
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Caribbean Watersports
    Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Eco Tours, Private Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    If you're coming to the Florida Keys for some water and beach family fun, but don't know where to begin, it's Caribbean Watersports to the rescue! With over thirty years in the business, they can hook you up with pretty much any activity there is in the area — from sailing to parasailing, plus eco tours, dolphin encounters, snorkeling, and so much more.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Free parking.
    • Beach showers available.
    • Yoga lovers — try the paddleboard yoga!
    • Call ahead and ask about their private charters.
    • Call or check out the website for reservations.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 125 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Key Largo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Parasailing 23/11/2018
    • Sunset Cruise - 10/11/2018
    • Caribbean Watersports
    Address:
    97000 Overseas Hwy
    Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection by Marriott Worldwide
    Key Largo, FL 33037-2210
    Phone:
    +1 305-619-7844
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Fri - Sat
    9:00 am - 6:30 pm
    Other:
  • Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat
    Boat Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    One of the must-see activities in the Florida Keys is a glass bottom boat cruise. For those unwilling (or unable) to venture into the water to snorkel, this is a great way to see stunning coral reefs and beautiful tropical fish, all from the comfort and safety of the boat. The staff at the Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, so be sure to ask them any questions you might have.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Consider motion sickness prevention if prone to sea sickness.
    • Bring a camera, but turn off the flash for better photo quality.
    • Full bar and snacks available for purchase on board.
    • Advance reservations are highly recommended.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 125 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Key Largo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice ride 17/12/2018
    • They are Prepared 16/12/2018
    • Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat
    Address:
    99701 Overseas Hwy Fl 33037
    Mile Marker 99.7 Oceanside
    Key Largo, FL 33037-4324
    Phone:
    +1 305-451-4655
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Garl's Coastal Kayaking Everglades
    Kayaking & Canoeing
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    Melanie F Says:

    Whether you're seasoned kayakers or first-timers, there's simply nothing like a family kayaking adventure in the gorgeous Everglades! Garl's Coastal Kayaking Everglades offers tours designed for all ages and experience levels, with a friendly, safety-first attitude.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Bring along at least one liter of water per person.
    • Don't forget insect repellent and sunscreen.
    • Be sure to bring a camera with a dry bag, or a waterproof camera.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 125 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Key Largo
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good educational tour 14/12/2018
    • Best Day of Our Trip 13/10/2018
    • Garl's Coastal Kayaking Everglades
    Address:
    99010 Overseas Hwy
    Key Largo, FL 33037-2452
    Phone:
    +1 305-393-3223
    Price range:
    USD 160 - USD 160
    Other:
  • EcoKeys
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    What better way to learn about nature while also giving back, than with an EcoKeys tour? You'll see dazzling sites while participating in conservation — as a portion of the tour proceeds is donated to one of several conservation conscious organizations, and you get to pick which one. The guides are not just friendly but fun too; there are few better ways to spend a family day out than becoming at one with nature in the Florida Keys.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tours take place rain or shine.
    • Most guided tours are also available in Spanish.
    • Call ahead for advance reservations.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #87 of 133 Tours in Key Largo
    • Never Returned Calls.... 24/03/2016
    • Coral Restoration Diving with EcoKeys was fantastic! 19/08/2015
    • EcoKeys
    Address:
    7 S Exuma Rd
    Key Largo, FL 33037-5006
    Phone:
    +1 877-994-6326
    Other:
  • Dolphins Plus Bayside
    Swim with Dolphins
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    Melanie F Says:

    There's a reason why swimming with the dolphins is so magical — they're amazing, intelligent animals, and to be able to interact with them is an unforgettable experience! Dolphin Cove offers a variety of options, including swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, interaction in shallower waters, and sea lion encounters. Get the whole family involved for an experience you'll never forget!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • To try to avoid larger crowds, book the last swim of the day.
    • Check the website or call ahead to make reservations.
    • For an extra special experience, sign up for the Paint with the Dolphins program.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 37 things to do in Key Largo
    • Exceptional. Fantastic experience. 29/11/2018
    • Swimming with the dolphins 17/11/2018
    • Dolphins Plus Bayside
    Address:
    101900 Overseas Hwy
    Bay Side
    Key Largo, FL 33037-2668
    Phone:
    +1 866-860-7946
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
  • Key Largo Bicycle and Adventure Tours
    Equipment Hire, Bike Tours
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    Melanie F Says:

    For cyclists visiting the Keys, a Key Largo Bike Tour and Adventure is a must! From basic rentals and daily bike tours, to more unique trips, like the one-day Key Largo To Key West Bike Tour, riding a bike will give your family a much more intimate Key Largo experience.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Call ahead for reservations and options — they'll help you plan your special family adventure.
    • Try the Bike and Paddle tour for a more interactive experience.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 28 Outdoor Activities in Tavernier
    • Great way to celebrate birthday 26/10/2018
    • These guys are great!! Highly recommend. 09/06/2018
    • Key Largo Bicycle and Adventure Tours
    Address:
    90775 Old Hwy
    Tavernier, Key Largo, FL 33070-2429
    Phone:
    +1 305-395-1551
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Tue - Fri
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sat
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Other:
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