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Five picks for Best Places to Take Kids in the Keys.

Our Sales Specialist, Drew White, is our resident expert on the Florida Keys.  Since he was a kid, he spent his summers exploring the Keys’ waters and coral reefs and now, he makes it an annual tradition to take his kids there each summer. We asked Drew for his list of top spots to take kids to in the Keys. Here’s what he had to say: There are a lot of cool places to take kids down there! Here are my Top Five picks for Best Places to Take Kids in the Keys.

#1: Robbie’s Restaurant in Islamorada

It’s a neat little place to have lunch and out at the dock, you get a little bucket full of fish and you feed the tarpon, there are tons of tarpon.  People have been feeding them for years so they know tot come there. The water is clear and the fish are big, about 100 pounds! You get a buck et full of bait fist there from the dockmaster and the kids love it…you get to see the fish up close.  It’s a great spot to take pictures and a great spot to take kids.  They also have a great grouper sandwich!

#2: Key Deer Refuge on Big Pine Key

It’s off the beaten path, but you wouldn’t believe how many Key Deer there are. We saw 2 or 3 hundred!  They are small, the size of a Lab.  My daughter, Charlotte hand-fed one.  It is a special experience for kids.  After you are done there, follow that road that goes through the refuge and you will come to a place called the No-Name Pub that has dollar bills hanging on the wall.  It has good food and it’s out in the middle of nowhere. It’s been there for a long time and has a lot of history.

#3:  Theatre of the Sea on Islamoralda

This is kind of like a mini theme park, famous for their animal interaction.   You can swim with dolphins and a sea lion encounter where you can swim with sea lions. It’s $60 to get in and more to swim with them, but it’s a really cool marine science experience.

#4: Snorkel the Reef

No trip to the keys is complete without going out to see the reef. If you don’t want to get into the water, you can even see it from a glass bottom boat.

At John Pennekamp – it’s a cool state park, trails and kayaks and paddleboard areas, they have glass bottom boats if you don’t want to get in the water. They have a cool visitor’s area and a beach area.

#5: Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Resort

This resort is family owned it’s been there forever. They have little bungalows with hot tubs and a nice little spot to watch the sunset. They do dive tours and are very accommodating to kids.