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Old 09-20-2009, 08:09 PM
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Husband and I, along with our 6 year-old son, will be going to Keys (Islamorada) in March 2010 for a wedding, and plan to do one day/overnight trip down to see Key West. I realize Key West is mostly "adult oriented,", but can anyone give advice for "kid friendly" place to stay for one night? Do not need to specifically be near ocean, as we live on the Outer Banks of NC year-round. Just a clean place with a pool that is within walking or biking distance to some fun things for kids to do. Also, any suggestions for what to see & do, restaurants, etc. with a 6 year-old in one day's time are greatly appreciated!
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Old 09-20-2009, 08:32 PM
Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Most of the Ocean/Gulf is either business:fishing/cruiseliners or large hotels. Or at the very bottom-Mile 1 and up, & if residental, is very shell-y. (and chickens running around, wild. And not a very affluent are, either)
I would try for a B & B.
There's plenty of them, in the old victorian, gingerbread style.
There are a few museums and aquariums. And of course the light house across from Hemmingway's home with 6 toed cats. But for a 6 yr. old, unless he's precouscious, I can't think of anything else, or even what I've listed.
Mostly food & drink, & food & drink, & trinket shops.
If going to a B & B, go close to the main roads. Almost everything there is walking. Driving is next to impossible,(so is parking) unless renting bicycles or scooters.
I love it there, but is is very bohemian.
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Old 09-21-2009, 08:12 AM
Location: Miami
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There are a plenty of things to do that are not all adult driven in key West. I would still say stay close to Duval Street and you will be in walking distance to the other things to do not just the bars.
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Old 09-21-2009, 11:32 AM
Location: Baltimore
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We go to Key West a lot - I love it there, but it really is more of an adult destination. But for one day, I think you will find family things to do.

I agree with the suggestion to stay at a B&B, since you'll just be there for one night. Otherwise, I'd suggest renting a place with a kitchen for longer stays.

We had decided to spend our last trip there doing the things we hadn't had a chance to do on earlier trips. One of the neatest things we did was the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. We thought it was going to be kind of hokey, but it turned out to be really cool, and I think a 6 year old may also like it.

The aquarium was also a lot of fun. And we really enjoyed the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. You may want to take a ride the Conch Tour Train if you get tired of walking around. At least that way you'll get to see most of the island. There are plenty of places to eat. I really don't have a specific recommendation for a kid-friendly restaurant, but you'll know them when you see them. As for restaurants in general - my personal favorite is Pepe's Cafe on Caroline Street - not to be confused with El Meson de Pepe which is near Mallory Square, which I also like and may be more kid-friendly. That one may be more what you're looking for, especially if you like Cuban food.

And speaking of Mallory Square - definitely get there for the sunset party. Your son will love that. There are tons of street performers - escape artists, tightrope walkers, trained cats, musicians, magicians - a real experience.

Have fun - I'm envious!! We aren't going to be able to get there this year.
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