Anything to do there that doesn't involve bars/clubs and lots of drinking? Family with teenage daughters going in June, never been there, curious about whether to go ashore or stay onboard and enjoy the ship sans crowds.
Any suggestions and/or tips would be greatly appreciated, thanks, Cruzn
There is a fast catamaran boat ride out to Fort Jefferson National Park in the Dry Tortugas. You can snorkle and visit the fort. This is an all day excursion. So I would check with them regarding when they leave in the morning and return in the evening. Just do a Yahoo search for Dry Tortugas fast catamaran. I can't remember the name of the company, but you should be able to find it on the web I did a few years ago.
My two teens and I took the Conch Trolley, getting on and off now and then. We also visited Hemingway;s house, the Truman white house, the shipwreck museum (be sure to climb to the top of the tower), and Duval Street. We tried conch fritters and key lime pie. We were scheduled for the Fury Catamaran snorkling but it was cancelled due to high winds and crummy weather!
Personally, I like the clothing optional pool at the Atlantic Shores Hotel but I don't imagine that would be a good family outing. Jet ski rental guided tours are fun as are moped rentals to see the island. There is a decent public beach which is inside Fort Zachary Taylor. The Hemingway House is nice & just across the street is the lighthouse which you can go to the top of. Duvall Street is fun for all of the "characters" that you will see. There are some excellent restaraunts there but they seem to change quickly. My favorite is Blue Heaven. Try Mango's on Duvall for a nice outdoor lunch if it isn't too hot. I was there in June once & was convinced it was the hottest place on earth but then I don't like humidity. Have fun.
Do yourself a favor and take the trolley tour. Our driver was the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic gentlemen we ever encountered on a tour. There wasn't any one thing about Key West that stands out but the tour was very interesting. We went to Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville and this would be very appropriate for your children. They played his music and it seemed that everyone in there was singing. Just walking around the streets we found interesting people and sights.
If you can walk without any difficulty you can do everything that way.No need for tours or trollys.Also the Lighthouse is a must and if you climb it you will be rewarded with some beautiful pictures.Check out B.O.s fish wagon for the bestfish sandwich and the decor,Sunset Pier bar & grill behind the Ocean key house Resort,Blue Heaven,and for shopping The Pelican Poop shop,Blue Dolphin Gallery,Country Conch,and Coastal Creations.There is enough to keep you busy all day.