15 Reasons the Florida Keys are the Perfect Place to Connect with Family

After years of missed activities and trips People are anxious to reconnect with the people and activities that matter most to them. In many cases, that means reconnecting with family to create new memories. And to strengthen ties, the Florida Keys is the perfect place to meet that need.

The 125-mile-long archipelago stretches into turquoise waters at Florida’s southernmost tip. Also known as the Florida Keys and Key West, it’s a vibrant area where families have countless opportunities to connect and create new family memories.

full of adventure beauty of nature and history Visitors can walk to see artifacts from shipwrecks. Kayak among the beautiful mangrove islands. “Meet” sea turtle patients at the world’s first veterinary-certified sea turtle hospital. and explore remote national parks The island chain offers countless opportunities to connect keys through shared experiences and memorable adventures.

Florida Keys & Key West Hosted my stay in the Keys All opinions are my own.

1. Enjoy a family road trip

What is better to reconnect in one or more cars? All stop at the same location. You’ll find miles and miles of beautiful sea, with the ocean and sky stretching as far as the eye can see. And don’t forget to stop at the unique roadside.

Five different destinations are featured on this family trip to the Keys: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, Key West and the southernmost island in the continental United States. , Key West

Each place has a different aura and happiness. Anywhere could be your home base for the holidays. And all offer new connection opportunities.

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2. Driving on the Florida Keys offshore highway

The joint adventure begins with a drive along the famous Florida Keys Overseas Highway. Including more than 40 bridges, the landmark Seven Mile Bridge is a must-see attraction. Florida’s designated All-American Road is a great way to start your new connections.

3. Explore the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary

The Keys consist of four national wildlife shelters. With two remote national parks, 10 beautiful state parks and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, this sanctuary is a protected body of water that surrounds an entire group of subtropical islands. including the only living coral reef in the Americas

These open spaces provide seemingly endless opportunities to connect with the natural world and each other. Enjoy time immersed in nature and share unforgettable experiences with friends and family.

4. Visit the Florida Keys State Park

The Keys’ best preserved, secluded, beautiful and well-maintained beaches are within the region’s 10 state parks.

The most popular parks are John Reef State Park. Key Largo’s Pennekamp, ​​Key Largo’s Bahia Honda State Park, Islamorada’s Indian Keys Historical Park and Key West’s Fort Zachary Taylor Historical Park.

Each park has its terrain. facilities and pleasant opportunities for early morning walks or hikes. Campgrounds and picnic areas provide shade for relaxation. Florida state parks are the perfect place to reconnect with family.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida Keys
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5. Spend time in a national park

The Keys are home to two remote national parks. Biscayne National Park is located when you enter the key. then at the end of the key 70 miles west of Key West is Dry Tortugas National Park.

Biscayne National Park covers islands, coral reefs and coastal mangrove forests in the north of the Florida Keys.

Dolphins, turtles and pelicans live in Lake Biscayne Bay. An underwater marine heritage route links shipwrecks and other dive sites.

Dry Tortugas National Park consists of seven islands, including a protected coral reef. The Garden Key is home to beaches, and 19th-century Fort Jefferson is only accessible by boat or seaplane.

Shortly after you leave Key West You will be out of the cell range. So you are guaranteed that everyone is unplugged and enjoying nature and each other. Bring your phone and take photos of this amazing national park.

Both of these national parks offer plenty of open spaces to explore and connect with family members.

Pro tip: If you are prone to car sickness, take Dramamine before you leave.

Woman kayaking in the Florida Keys
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6. Splash water with water activities

The soothing salt water in Keys leaves you feeling refreshed and refreshed. Families can experience the serene joys of Keys living by trying paddleboarding yoga, kiteboarding, wakeboarding, water biking, and more. or kayaking Dolphin and sea turtle conservation tours are fun for all ages.

Vacationers can explore the offshore islands of the Indian and Pigeon Keys and snorkel in the warm turquoise waters. They can try crossing between Snorkeling and Scuba Diving (SNUBA) at several places in the Keys.

7. Line up for fishing.

One of Keys’ most popular action-packed adventures for the whole family is fishing. whether along the coral reef in the dark blue water or in the backcountry You can enjoy the best saltwater fishing in the world.

Friends and family can fish together on a private half or full day boat charter. Many restaurants offer caught cooking for you to enjoy.

There is also “Party boats” for fishing and educating, bait and more.

Pro tip: Be sure to practice sustainable best practices to conserve the Florida Keys’ unique ecosystems and fisheries for future generations.

8. Walk along the beach together

There are beautiful beaches to enjoy whether swimming or walking along the sea. Walking on the beach together is a great way to reconnect and create memories. And it’s a perfect activity for people of all ages.

Little White House, Harry S. Truman, Florida Keys
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9. Learn at the ancient site

In The Keys, there’s a history that appeals to everyone. It includes stories of pirates and treasures, Henry Flagler’s Florida Keys Over-Sea train, Civil War-era fortresses, and even former President Harry S. Truman’s “White House.”

Follow in Ernest Hemingway’s footsteps by visiting his home and discovering where he wrote, drank and fished in the 1930s.

Key West’s Old Town is the largest wooden historic district in the United States.

Visit the historic Fort Zachary Taylor or Fort East Martello, both nearby and offer historical learning opportunities.

Key Dear Closeup, Florida Keys
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10. Immerse yourself in nature

There are endless ways to reconnect with nature and family in the keys.

Family groups can explore the lush botanical gardens. unique aquarium butterfly conservatory hospital for turtles or the wildlife refuge that protects the tiny native key deer.

Playground for all ages Most vacationers spend their time outdoors enjoying the bright, colorful scenery and the warm and fragrant breeze. and miles of open spaces of The Keys.

11. Voluntarily lend a hand

Take the time to make a difference and take part in the adventure. “Voluntary tourism” for the whole family Helping others or the environment is a great way to make new connections in the key.

As part of a voluntary tour, you can help save the only living coral reef in the Americas. You can also donate your time to Habitat for Humanity, a Wild Bird Rehabilitation Center, or elsewhere. Learn more about Voluntary Tourism here.

Key Lime Pie Florida Keys
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12. Tasting food

Unique food, fresh fish and family around the table. What would be a better way to reconnect in the key? Food sharing is a way to connect and create memories.

The Florida Keys is a foodie paradise. There are restaurants to suit every taste and wallet.

when we visit We try a different fish menu every evening. Don’t forget about dessert. Your holiday wouldn’t be complete without a slice of key lime pie.

13. Watch the sunset together.

Gather at Mallory Square to watch the sunset. I doubt you will find a more beautiful sunset anywhere.

The southernmost point in the Americas in Key West, Florida.
Robin O’Neill Smith

14. Take a family photo at the southernmost point.

Walk a short distance to the southernmost point of the United States and take a family photo in front of the monument.

Pine and Palms Resort in Islamorada, Florida
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15. Find the perfect accommodation

Consider a spacious villa or condo so families can share the kitchen and living area. but has a private bedroom If in Islamorada, head to Pines and Palms Resort. Their Tarpon and Bonefish villas come with two and three bedrooms. And you enjoy access to a private beach for your family.

Camping is also big in the Keys. Many state parks support camping.

Pro tip: Dry Tortugas National Park allows camping on an application basis and is usually booked a year in advance.

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The Florida Keys are the perfect place for family gatherings, nature and adventure. Wherever you go in the Florida Keys, you’ll find simple joys. and fun activities to share with the special people in your life at the same time You will create memories that will last a lifetime.
You can learn more about #reconnectinthekeys by contacting the Florida Keys Visitor Information.

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