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4 year old twins and 3 year old...what to do in Bahamas and Key West?
Want to book our next trip. DH and I have been to all the carribean ports...but this was before we had kids (oh so different). Ready to book our next cruise. Trying to pick kid friendly ports. Is there much to do for this age in the bahamas and key west?
In the Bahamas you could easily do the public beaches or beach clubs. Key West seems trickier to me, as the beaches are not so great - pretty rocky. When we were there in 2011 our youngest was seven years old. We rented an electric car and tooled around the island. We had lunch, did some shopping and sightseeing ~ it was fun.
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With 3 kids that young (brave you!), in the Bahamas I'd just get to a beach. They won't enjoy shopping or sightseeing, and probably you won't either with three kids under 5. There's also Atlantis, if you are on that island, but it's pretty expensive.
I can't give you advice on Key West, as I've only been there once and that was many years ago.
Besides beaching, consider playgrounds, parks, aquariums, zoos, anything kids would like that doesn't involve much sitting and driving.
I would say all ports are "kid friendly"....after all, kids LIVE there!!!
Its comments like this one above why I dont stay on this board after i cruise. It got a little crazy with my water wing post.
anyway back to the post....Your kids are young and as long as there is a beach and or animals they will have a great time. If anything think back to your favorite ports and I'd go to the most relaxing ones if possible.
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The aquarium is really nice and small in Key West, perfect for that age group! And the butterfly museum is also wonderful. And for you a nice cold Fat Tuesday drink on the main strip for braving Key West with 3 small kids (you can actually walk around with it!)
OUr dd (6 at the time) LOVED the butterfy conservatory. We took the trollet tour. Was nice to be able tosee a lot of the area and not have to walk but can get off and on when we wanted.
We did the butterfly conservatory and Conch trolley exact same thing with our daughter who was 3 in July. She loves it.
We also did a day pass at a resort on Cabel (sp?) Beach in Nassaua (sp?) We lookes in to Atlantis but she was to young for any of the water park activities. She loved the zero entry pool because she could run in and out of it. There was also a pool with a waterfall. And the resort daypass includes a towel, beach chairs and unmotorized equitment so we went on a kayak too! She had a blast and just asked me last week when we were going back on the cruise ship again.
Last edited by threeBYsea; May 22nd, 2012 at 04:49 PM.
Reason: sorry for the typos
Key West - I forget just what all we did there. Took the bus from the ship to downtown (I think we docked in a military base, we weren't allowed to get off the bus/trolley/whatever thing until we passed a certain gate). Walked around, did some shopping. Think we saw signs for a butterfly thing, found it on the top floor of a mall (I don't know if that's the main thing or not, I just know we ended up in a mall, and I think there were butterflies). There was a toy shop there too that the kids liked looking at. Then we walked near the water, and there was a garden that had statues of different people (it was semi fenced in). Kids really enjoyed walking around that for some reason. Then we caught the bus/trolley thing back to the ship. Nothing terribly exciting, but we had fun.