October 29th, 2012 by Mitch
Did you know that when the Key West Aquarium first opened in 1935, admission was 15 cents for adults and 5 cents for children? The Key West Aquarium was the first aquarium to use an “open air concept,” which allowed for natural sunlight to illuminate the concrete marine displays. On opening day, Dr. Van Deusen said that the aquarium was a valuable institution to biologists and students from all around the world and hoped it would draw thousands of people to Key West each year!
Well, Dr. Van Deusen’s dream is still alive and thriving. Each year the Key West Aquarium attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world. The aquarium teams with the world-famous Mallory Square and Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum as some of the most popular KEY WEST ATTRACTIONS.
When visitors talk about Mallory Square the first thing that always comes to mind is the Sunset Celebration, but it has so many more ATTRACTIONS to offer besides the Sunset Celebration. In addition to the Aquarium and Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Mallory Square is also home to the Key West Sculpture Garden, Cayo Hueso Habana Historeum, The Shell Warehouse, Sponge Market, shopping, and other KEY WEST ATTRACTIONS. We suggest showing up at Mallory Square a few hours before the Sunset Celebration and visiting the aquarium, museums, and shops. Then you can get a great spot for the Sunset because you’ll be there early. Can’t wait to see you this season!
Picture caption: The Key West Aquarium in Mallory Square.