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Overview
Keep your eyes free to roam on this tour of the Lower Keys from Key West. Ride in a comfortable van across the Overseas Highway and more than 20 bridges en route to three islands, including stops at Bahia National Park, Blue Hole, and more. This small-group tour is limited to 13 passengers or fewer, and the driver is equipped with an audio headset to ensure you can hear while driving.
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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide at your accommodation in Key West for morning departure time. Board a comfortable van with your small group of 13 passengers or fewer and head off on your sightseeing tour of the Lower Florida Keys.

    The driver is equipped with a headset so you'll be able to listen to the commentary along the drive down the famous Overseas Highway to the Dolphin Research Center, which provides care for dolphins that can’t survive in the wild. Tour this working research facility, learn how dolphins are fed and cared for, and observe the dolphins swimming about.

    Then, continue to Bahia Honda State Park for lunch, with your choice of sandwiches, burgers, or pizza. Get out and walk down the Old Bahia Honda Bridge for spectacular views of the Florida Keys’ world-famous beaches.

    After lunch, head to the National Key Deer Refuge, where you will see endangered Key Deer and may also spot wildlife such as alligators or turtles, and then check out Blue Hole to see rare bird species in their natural habitat. Your next stop is the historic Bat Tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Return to your lodging in Key West at the end of your tour.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will pick you up at your requested location.
    For cruise port pick-ups, we will email a map detail of your pick-up point.

    Ports

    • KEY WEST
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    6h 30m
    Inclusions
    • Driver/guide
    • National Park fees
    • Bottled water - We supply filtered water. Bring your refillable water bottle or purchase a souvenir water bottle from us for $10.
    • Lunch - Picnic lunch of Sandwiches & Chips is included. Please advise of any dietary restrictions or special requests.
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Live commentary on board
    Exclusions
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Infant meals not included
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • No collapsible wheelchairs or strollers can be accommodated
    • A maximum of 13 people per booking
    • If Dolphin Research Center cancels due to hazardous weather, tour will visit the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters instead
    • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required; 48-hours notice is required to provide a wheelchair accessible vehicle
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Wow! This was so much fun. Kim was the best tour guide ever. She is very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly, and the van was extremely comfortable as well. We really enjoyed the Dolphin Research Center. Interesting and great things going on there. (So exciting to see
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    Response from UpTheKeys, Owner at Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Tour
    Responded 2 days ago
    WOW! Thank you so much for your kind words and awesome review! We are so glad you enjoyed every part of your tour and that your tour guide was so impressive. We look forward to seeing you next time you're in the Florida Keys! Thanks again & happy travels,
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    Kim was absolutely amazing!!! She was very knowledgeable and friendly, and really made the trip special. I highly recommend going on her tours!! My family and I have been looking forward to this trip all week and it exceeded all of our expectations.
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    Response from UpTheKeys, Owner at Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Tour
    Responded 2 days ago
    Thank you so much for your awesome 5-star review! We are so glad you enjoyed your tour and your guide. Exceeding expectations is what we strive for and we thank you for letting us know we did it! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Happy travels,
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    My husband and I visited the research center Jan 2020. We enjoyed the dolphins and sea lions. The staff show you how they care for the animals and, of course, the dolphins perform. Great for families with small children. We hope to come back sometime with our grandchild.
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    Response from UpTheKeys, Owner at Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Tour
    Responded 2 days ago
    Thank you for your lovely review and recommendation of the Dolphin Research Center. It is one of our favorite places to visit in the Keys. Happy travels,
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    My husband and I visited in January 2020. We only got the admission ticket. It was outstanding. All the staff explained so many different things to us. We hope to visit again on our next trip. Loved it.
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    Response from UpTheKeys, Owner at Dolphin Research Center and Florida Keys Tour
    Responded 2 days ago
    Thank you for your review of the Dolphin Research Center. It is one of our favorite places to visit in the Keys. Happy travels,
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    Kim was an excellent tour guide. Despite being the only person to book that day she came to get me anyway. Had a once in a life time experience.The drive up the keys is beautiful, taking a detour to see the native key deer, peacocks and evening an alligator sighting! Then on to
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    About the operator
    By: Up The Keys
    144 reviews
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    Vickerydk
    10
    Private Tour to Key West
    On Jan. 15th our party of 4 used Up The Keys to transport us to Key West and give us the opportunity to sit back,
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    petermH9321WA
    10
    1/2 day key deer tour
    Great tour, smooth pickup and return. Kim was very informative, lots of local history, lots of interesting
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    jessemaclean
    10
    Great tour!
    The tour was fantastic! Our guide Kim was so informative and fun we learned so much about the ecosystem and the
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    marycarol4
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
    11469
    Fantastic tour!
    Wow! This was so much fun. Kim was the best tour guide ever. She is very knowledgeable and incredibly friendly,
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    Spencerann89
    Raynham, Massachusetts
    52
    Great trip
    We had 9 people in our party and Kim was our driver. We had a great day for the trip! Kim was very informative
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    BostonAshley750
    Boston, Massachusetts
    4430
    Great family tour!
    Great tour!!! The tour bus was very comfortable and had lots of windows to take in the sights! Tour guide Kim
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    kateria2020
    10
    AMAZING!!!
    Kim was absolutely amazing!!! She was very knowledgeable and friendly, and really made the trip special. I highly
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    donnapK2095HI
    Trenton, New Jersey
    21
    Ms
    My husband and I visited the research center Jan 2020. We enjoyed the dolphins and sea lions. The staff show you
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    794kayc
    Johnson City, Tennessee
    10
    Dolphin rescue
    My husband and I visited in January 2020. We only got the admission ticket. It was outstanding. All the staff
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    sharonkQ6994LS
    43
    Wonderful wildlife Tour!
    Kim was our driver and is incredibly knowledgeable about all things local! We saw and photographed Key Deer, a
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    jamesbrodsky
    Potomac, Maryland
    10
    Up The Keys tour with Kim
    Kim took us and our 28 year old son on a full day tour up to the Aquarium in Marathon. Our son was able to dive
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    Mikeandela
    10
    Great Florida Keys Tour
    Kim is a fun and very knowledgeable tour guide. We were able to see and photograph numerous Key deer and she
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    DickonWare
    Boston, Massachusetts
    30
    Brilliant
    Kim was an excellent tour guide. Despite being the only person to book that day she came to get me anyway. Had a
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    DJNtwits
    10
    Must do in Key West
    Kim is the best informed and most personable tour guide in Key East. We really enjoyed our tour with Kim. Our
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    Jill Y
    20
    Fantastic!
    Wonderful place where dolphin preservation and education are truly the reason they exist. Was a joy to visit. Had
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