The Key West Aquarium may be the oldest tourist attraction in town, but it offers a true view of the marine world that exists just outside its walls, in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. An authentic experience hasn’t changed much since the 1930s, when this quaint building was completed…visitors can still enjoy the sense of wonder and discovery when they touch a sea cucumber at the touch tank, or watch the sharks during a frenzied feeding time.
Inside the mail hall there are shallow open tanks where you can really get close to certain non-threatening species like nurse sharks and rays. The walls are lined with tanks filled with reef fish like grouper and snapper.
The Key West Aquarium lets visitors get up close to the sea life that lives on and around the reef in Key West. Look directly into the eyes of a Goliath Grouper, or several other types of Grouper for that matter, through the eye-level tanks installed in the walls of the building. Go out the back to the fenced off areas in the harbor, and see sharks at feeding time, from a safe distance!
There’s another area off the side of the building for bay fish, like redfish and tarpon, where you can see them up close as they swim around in their little lagoon area.