Top Attractions in the Florida Keys For Your Perfect Family Getaway

Families love lazy days at Tranquility Bay Resort, and why not? With its private white sand beach and three swimming pools setting the scene for relaxation, our peaceful paradise is the perfect place to ease into vacation mode.

When it’s time to venture beyond our tropical retreat, families needn’t travel far to find fun and adventure on their Florida Keys escape. Here is our pick of the most popular attractions to add to your must-do list when visiting Marathon, FL:

Aquarium Encounters: Get ready for a hands-on day at Marathon’s one of a kind interactive aquarium. There are three touch tanks, daily feedings with a wide variety of marine life, and an hourly guided tour with a marine biologist. For adventurous family members, snorkeling in the 200,000-gallon saltwater tank with over 2,000 tropical fish will create the ultimate thrill-seeking experience, while the bravest of the bunch can hand feed hungry sharks and rays. This is definitely an attraction to add to the list of adventures.

Stingray encounter at a Florida Keys aquarium

Turtle Hospital: Our closest neighbor happens to be one of the most popular places to visit for nature-loving families. Located next door to the resort, the Turtle Hospital is dedicated to the health and preservation of sea turtles. The attraction offers guided, educational tours and a behind-the-scenes look at the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, something everyone in the family will find fascinating.

Bahia Honda State Park (MM 37): From Tranquility Bay, take a 20-minute drive towards Key West and discover an island paradise waiting to be explored. Bahia Honda State Park is celebrated for having one of the world’s top beaches and is home to many rare and unusual plants and animals. Some activities have been limited following the Hurricane Irma cleanup, but families will love what’s offered, including snorkel boat tours, beach rental equipment, a fantastic food service and gift shop.

Crane Point: Visitors to this 64-acre protected park will be amazed at how nature heals after a hurricane. With an exciting range of activities and places to visit, Crane Point is home to an extensive nature trail system, the Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site and Marathon Wild Bird Center. It’s the ideal stop in Marathon to keep every family member smiling.

Dolphin Research Center: For those who have always wanted the chance to get a close-up look at one of the ocean’s favorite creatures, a trip to the Dolphin Research Center is a must. Featuring in-water encounters and fascinating insights into dolphin behavior, no wildlife lover should leave the Florida Keys without an unforgettable moment alongside these celebrated marine mammals.

Dolphin Research Center

Seven Mile Bridge (MM 47): The best time of day to enjoy a family walk in the Florida Keys is just before sunset when the summer’s heat starts to ease off a little. The perfect spot for a summer stroll near Tranquility Bay is Seven Mile Bridge, the longest bridge in the Keys which can be found at the southern end of Marathon and measures 35,716 ft. Soak up the views, admire aquatic birds, and watch the sky turn golden when the majestic sunset takes center stage.

Sombrero Reef: (MM 50): One of the most beautiful areas within the Keys’ living coral reef, Sombrero Reef is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries and is popular with families who enjoy snorkeling and diving.

Family snorkeling in the Florida Keys

Sombrero Beach (MM50): This 12.6-acre beach is one of the most popular in Marathon. Renovated in 2003, the beach offers creative landscaping, walkways, picnic areas and a roped off swimming area.

For more inspiration on planning the perfect vacation in Marathon, FL, take a look at the Tranquility Bay family travel guide, then take advantage of our latest special offers. Speak with an onsite vacation planner by contacting (855) 606-4502 or book online now.