Key West may be best known as a playground for grown-ups––where they wear costumes, stay out late, act silly and live in a bathing suit. But when those grown-ups have kids of their own, there’s no reason not to continue to vacation on the southernmost island (and by the way, there are babysitters here, too.)
As they so often do, kids can direct our attention back to the pleasures and privileges of childhood we lose along the way, be it having ice cream for dinner, cannonballing into the ocean, collecting seashells, or going nonstop barefoot. When visiting Key West with kids, here are five great family friendly hotels that let you enjoy it to the max.
Sequestered in the heart of the Key West Historic Seaport, The Marker still feels utterly private. The resort and restaurant enclose a twin set of swimming pools, with circular, pod-like chairs perfect for napping or curling up with a book or iPad.
Check the calendar for special movie nights poolside as well. Just outside the hotel, find endlessly entertaining sights along the seaboard, like charter boats returning with the day’s catch and the creaky old docks of a former turtle cannery, now Turtle Kraals restaurant.
A short walking distance away, find the Tropic Cinema with special screenings for kids every Saturday, and Glazed Donuts next door with daily features like a key lime pie donut.
Key West Historic Seaport: https://www.keywesthistoricseaport.com
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Delicious Cuban-Inspired Food & Caribbean Ceviche at one of the only Key West Seafood Restaurants to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
GLAZED DONUTS 420 Eaton St, Key West, Florida Open 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, (Unless we sell out) CLOSED ON MONDAY'S
A world of waterfront fun, Ibis Bay boasts the best of a private resort only a short jaunt from Old Town (on their brightly-painted Life Is Too Short bus). With a pool, 600 feet of private, white sand beach, a protected canal, and watercraft rentals (glass bottom kayaks, paddleboards, boats,) Ibis Bay quenches the family’s thirst for aquatic living.
Kids will love the tortoises, macaws and iguanas on site, as well as the nightly shark feedings off the dock (during which no children are harmed.) For feeding the humans, a daily continental breakfast buffet is included in the room rate, and The Stoned Crab restaurant has some of the best and freshest seafood in town.
Ibis Bay Resort: http://www.ibisbayresort.com
The Stoned Crab: http://www.ibisbayresort.com/its-your-resort/the-stoned-crab/
The Stoned Crab The Stoned Crab* restaurant offers Key West’s freshest seafood and specializes in our most famous and most delectable local seafood — stone crab!
A quintessential, historic Key West resort, The Casa Marina offers spacious grounds for the family to enjoy––wrapped like a set of arms around a stretch of coastline.
A shallow (wading depth) beach, piers, swimming pools, grassy greens and a beachfront restaurant provide plenty to do on land, but there are also watercraft rentals, bicycles and go-carts to rent.
Nearby Higg’s Beach has a sweet playground with plenty of things to climb, and Salute on the Beach there is great since kids can build sandcastles just steps from the tables.
Spend a day exploring the southern end of Key West, home to such attractions as the Butterfly Conservatory (the flamingos are as big a hit as the blue morphos!) and the Key West Lighthouse.
Casa Marina: http://www.casamarinaresort.com
Higg’s Beach: http://www.monroecounty-fl.gov/235/Higgs-Beach
Salute on the Beach: https://saluteonthebeach.com
Butterfly Conservatory: https://www.keywestbutterfly.com
Key West Lighthouse: http://www.kwahs.org/museums/lighthouse-keepers-quarters/history
A new generation of hotels that suits all generations, 24 North knows what young people today want (which, if it keeps them happy, is what parents want.) Start with 48” LCD TVs in the rooms, an on-site Starbucks, and ample space on the Sunset Green lawn for playing, lounging in hammocks, and monthly outdoor movies.
The Toasted Coconut cafe serves favorites like hamburgers and tacos poolside, so no one even has to put on shoes (which they probably can’t find anyway, right?) For a more dress-up dinner, try Tavern N Town across the Boulevard or Hogfish Bar & Grill on Stock Island, a five-minute drive.
To hit Old Town Key West, hop into the hotel’s van (that’d be the one with the giant chicken on a paddle board painted on the side.)
24 North: https://www.24northhotel.com
Tavern N Town: http://www.tavernntown.com
Key West Restaurants include Tavern N Town located in the Key West Beachside Marriott hotel.
VIEW MENU WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING “ Love this place! A real taste of the old Key West flavor, locally owned and it shows. Best fish tacos around good strong drinks and an on the water workboat setting ” David W.
Situated on the water and near the cruise ship dock, this hotel places you slam-dunk in tourist-central Key West––which can be a great thing with kids. Parents with stroller-aged children appreciate the easy walk to the quiet streets of adjacent Truman Annex, and scenic paths around the seaport.
Also great for kids is the close proximity to attractions like the Key West Aquarium, The Shipwreck Museum, and the kitchy gift and souvenir shops they adore (for shell bracelets, snow globes, and rubber squids.)
Margaritaville Key West Resort: https://www.margaritavillekeywestresort.com
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina is a waterfront hub of relaxation and luxury in the middle of all of the excitement that Key West is famous for.
Key West Shipwreck Museum is one of the top Key West Attractions. Enjoy guided museum tours, amazing views from the lookout tower, and touch real treasure!
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