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Kids will enjoy climbing to the top of the historic Key West Lighthouse, 88 steps high above the ground overlooking the ocean. Children under seven are admitted free, and children seven to twelve pay only $2 for admission. The Lighthouse is open daily from 9:30 to 5:30, and it is located at 938 Whitehead Street.
Another local attraction that appeals to kids is Ripley's Believe It or Not!. Among the oddities on display here are a white buffalo and a car made entirely of dimes. Children under four are admitted free, and admission for children four to twelve is $11.95. The museum is open daily and is located at 108 Duval Street.
A trip to the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory makes for a great family outing. A variety of beautifly colorful species are on display here. The conservatory is open from 9:00 to 5:00 daily, and is located at 1316 Duval Street. Adult admission is $10, $7.50 for kids under twelve and kids under four are free.
Another great place for kids, especially those interested in the ocean or the environment, is the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center which is located near the gate to Fort Zachery Taylor Park at 35 East Quay Road. The Center uses interactive exhibits to showcase the unique environment of the keys, both above and below the water. There is also an outstanding short film. The Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays and is absolutely FREE to all. There is also ample free parking.
Nearly everything you see at the Eco-Discovery Center, you will see in the wild on a kayak eco-tour. Blue Planet Kayak offers a 2.5-hour kayak tour through the mangroves and backcountry flats where your guide will catch the sea critters and allow you and your kids to touch them and even give you tips on spotting the hidden creatures yourself. The tandem kayaks are wide enough to put a youngster between you and your partner. Kids 10 and over can paddle their own single kayak.
Close to the Eco-Discovery Center on the waterfront of the Truman Annex is the USS Mohawk CGC Marine Museum. This floating museum is the last of its kind: a Coast Guard subchaser which saw action fourteen times during the Battle of the North Atlantic. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for kids 10 to 18. Under 10 is free.