About Melanie F
Lives in Chicago, Illinois
Since Jul. 2010
I took my first plane ride at a mere two weeks of age and have been passionate about travel ever since. A published poet and working journalist, when not traveling I'm obsessing about where to go next, or writing about where I've been.
Geologic Formations, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
Parasailing & Paragliding, Scuba & Snorkeling, Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Eco Tours, Private Tours
Kayaking & Canoeing
Swim with Dolphins
Equipment Hire, Bike Tours
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.