Monthly Archives: January 2013

Key West For Families… Plan Ahead For Spring Break and Summer Travel

 

Key West For Families

With spring break on the horizon and summer vacation not far behind, we’ve made planning easy for you and have highlighted our top tips for visiting Key West for families! Parrot Key Resort is one of the best family hotels in Key West and offers the largest hotel rooms on the island, plus spacious one and two-bedroom Key West suites that are ideal for the whole gang.

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If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from one of four heated swimming pools and building sand castles on our white sand terrace. Plus you can get some R&R too with  casual poolside dining and drinks at Cafe Blue (and plenty of options for the kids).

Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Key West sunset from the popular Sunset Pier at our Key West hotel. Have a browse through our family activities below and feel free to give us a ring with any questions at (855) 327-7200.

Family Attractions in Key West

Key West as a whole offers endless fun for families and we’ve highlighted these activities for you! Your children can enjoy a full schedule of eco-tours, dive-snorkel outings, fishing trips and visits to area attractions. Key West is also a family-oriented community where you can find plenty of free activities to entertain your children between excursions. The following are some of the family activities in the area:

Key West Aquarium: Pet a shark at the Key West Aquarium, located at 1 Whitehead St. adjacent to renowned Mallory Square. The aquarium opened in 1934 and was one of the first family-friendly attractions in the Keys. Unique and inviting, the Key West Aquarium is home to grouper, moray eels, barracuda, tropical fish, tarpon, sharks, parrotfish and more. The touch tank features small sea creatures that children can touch and feed. The aquarium offers guided tours that include shark feeding and even an opportunity for guests to touch or ”pet” a shark.

Conch Tour Train: No visit to the Florida Keys is complete without a ride on the Conch Tour Train, entertaining visitors and families in Key West since 1958. During your stay, even if it is a day trip to Key West on a cruise ship, get a conch’s eye view of the southernmost city’s attractions and interesting stops as you tour with the ’engineers’ and helpful staff aboard the train trolleys. Kids 12 and under ride free, and discounts for military and seniors are available.

Hemingway Home and Museum: In 1935, author Ernest Hemingway received a cat named “Snowball” while living and writing in Key West. With paws featuring six toes, “Snowball” was the first of a long line of felines that has helped make the Hemingway Home and Museum one of the most popular visitor attractions in the Florida Keys. Children love seeing the unique Hemingway cats around the Hemingway Home and Museum! View a video featuring the Hemingway Cats, here.

Key West Shipwreck Museum: Seek shipwreck bounty with wreckers at the Key West Shipwreck Museum. Salvaging goods from ships wrecked on Florida Keys reefs made Key West the richest U.S. city per capita in the mid-1800s. The Key West Shipwreck Museum re-creates the salvage or wrecking era through live actors, film and artifacts from the wreck of the Isaac Allerton that sank off the Keys in 1856. Wrecking master Asa Tift guides guests through the museum, explaining the unique industry, and invites them to climb a 65-foot lookout tower to ring a bell signaling that a wreck has been spotted.

Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society & Museum: Located at 200 Greene St., the 1910 building houses a permanent collection that includes treasure from the 1622 wreck of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. The treasure includes gold and silver bars, coins, and chains, as well as centuries-old cannons and ships’ tools. Discover the thrill of treasure-hunting by learning the story of Mel Fisher’s quest for the Atocha, while discovering the intricacies of maritime history and the tragedies of shipwrecks.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center: With its touch screens, stunning photos, and roomy theater, this educational center has become a hit with families. It’s a fun way to learn about reef and mangrove habitats before or after an excursion. The center is operated by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, phone (305) 292-0311. Admission is free at the Truman Annex Waterfront.

Mallory Square: Location- Waterfront at Front Street. This waterfront park is the site of the island’s daily Sunset Celebration. Your children will enjoy watching open-air performers and sampling food from vendors who gather here an hour before sunset each day. Your kids might even get drafted to help the performers.

Key West Nature Preserve: Location- Two entrances on Atlantic Blvd. The City of Key West acquired this undeveloped ocean-front property and turned it into an accessible natural area. Wooden walkways and trails take visitors through mangrove forests to a quiet strip of beach. Children will enjoy seeing butterflies, lizards and birds.

Key West Marine Park: Location- Atlantic Ocean from White Street to Duval Street. The near-shore waters along the southwest end of Key West have been cordoned off with buoys to create safe areas for swimming and snorkeling. Your children can view numerous species of coral, tropical fish and birds at this park set up by the local group Reef Relief.

Family amenities at Parrot Key Resort include:

  • Spacious hotel rooms, plus one and two-bedroom suites
  • Four sparkling heated swimming pools
  • Sunset Pier overlooking Florida Bay
  • Onsite Cafe Blue for poolside breakfast and lunch
  • Onsite watersport rentals
  • Sculpture gardens with fun designs for children
  • Located a short drive from Duval Street but far enough away for a safe and quiet vacation
  • Patio, porch and/or balcony with all rooms
  • Cable TV service and DVD systems
  • View our fact sheet for more details

To book a room call (855) 327-7200 or visit www.ParrotKeyResort.com

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A reminder: Key West Seafood Festival is this weekend!

Just a reminder that this Saturday, January 19th from 11:00am until 8:00pm, Bayview Park will be transformed into a festival of mouth-watering seafood, with live music, games, prizes and more…

This annual celebration is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, celebrating all the fresh and delicious seafood that Key West has to offer. All seafood served will be caught by local fishermen…no vendors or packaged fish allowed! Just fresh, delicious seafood, live music, and an open air atmosphere. As far as Key West events go, this one is not to be missed.

Specialties include grilled lobster, fried fish, Stone Crab claws, Key West shrimp, smoked fish dip conch fritters, conch chowder, conch salad and more– this is the perfect time to try our island’s mascot, the conch, in all of its delicious glory.

Featuring arts & crafts, marine life exhibits, and even a special “fun zone” for kids, this 100% FREE festival is family-friendly and super fun.

Make sure your calendar is marked for the annual Key West Seafood Festival: January 19th, 2013.

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Key West Food & Wine Festival is happening soon…

Have you bought your tickets to the Key West Food & Wine Festival yet? This hugely popular event is always a hit with visitors and locals. Featuring some of the best cuisine Key West has to offer, it’s always at the top of our picks for things to do here at Parrot Key Hotel and Resort. The festival runs from January 24th to 27th, with a range of daily activities that are fun for foodies and amateurs alike!

Grab your tickets now, as they are sure to sell out. For the full schedule of events, ticket information, and locations, visit http://www.keywestfoodandwinefestival.com/default/index.cfm

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We’ve Got Your Keys to Sunshine This Year!

Hello sunshine! As a new year is upon us and winter has its cold grip on so many at the moment, we’ve written a few tips (‘keys’ we like to call them) to a relaxing, warm, and tropical 2013. We’ll even throw in the beautiful views, secluded swimming pools and spectacular sunsets too! Give us a ring at (855) 327-7200 and we’ll tell you all about it. Brighten up your winter with our keys to a happy (and sunny) 2013.

Your Keys to Sunshine:

1. Work hard, play harder:

Don’t let work drag you down this year. We all need a break, so we’re rewarding you for traveling on weekdays in January and early February. Save 15% Sunday through Thursday on guest rooms, plus 1 and 2-bedroom suites! Get 15% off weekdays

2. Add some spring to your step:

Add a little extra spring to your step with $40 per night to fuel up on breakfast, lunch or island drinks at our poolside Cafe Blue. This offer is primarily available during the spring, but also on select dates throughout the year. Book the $40 per night resort credit

3. Be spontaneous this year:

Drink in some sunshine in January with a spontaneous MLK weekend trip, or try exciting events like the Key West Food & Wine Fest. In February, enjoy a romantic getaway during the Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekends. Book last minute deals from $199/night

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Start your 2013 off with a little culture…

The confetti on Duval continues to be cleared away, the memories of a drag queen being dropped in a high heel shoe are still fresh in everyone’s mind, and all across the island people are already beginning to break the resolutions they made last night. That means one thing: it can only be New Year’s Day in Key West.

After the lowbrow parties of last night, why not start 2013 off with a little highbrow culture?

Tonight at the Tropic Theatre, everyone’s favorite independent Key West movie theatre, catch a screening of La Scala’s “The Magic Flute,” presented as a part of the Opera in Cinema Series.

This riveting opera masterpiece runs 164 minutes plus one intermission, and happens only tonight at 7:00pm. Head on over to the Tropic, located at 416 Eaton St., and start your new year off right!

 

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Mark your calendars: Key West Seafood Festival is coming soon!

On Saturday, January 19th from 11:00am until 8:00pm, Bayview Park will be transformed into a festival of mouth-watering seafood, with live music, games, prizes and more!

This annual celebration is a favorite of locals and visitors alike, celebrating all the fresh and delicious seafood that Key West has to offer. All seafood served will be caught by local fishermen…no vendors or packaged fish allowed! Just fresh, delicious seafood, live music, and an open air atmosphere. As far as Key West events go, this one is not to be missed.

Specialties include grilled lobster, fried fish, Stone Crab claws, Key West shrimp, smoked fish dip conch fritters, conch chowder, conch salad and more– this is the perfect time to try our island’s mascot, the conch, in all of its delicious glory.

Featuring arts & crafts, marine life exhibits, and even a special “fun zone” for kids, this 100% FREE festival is family-friendly and super fun.

Make sure your calendar is marked for the annual Key West Seafood Festival: January 19th!

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