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School’s Out: Enjoy Family Activities in the Florida Keys

School’s out for summer and now your children can enjoy a full schedule of eco-tours, dive-snorkel charters, fishing trips and visits to area attractions, such as the Museums and Nature Center of Crane Point Hammock or the Dolphin Research Center. You’ll also find plenty of free activities to keep your kids entertained between excursions, and at Tranquility Bay. Several waterfront restaurants, such as The Island (Mile Marker 54.5 gulf side) and Keys Fisheries (Mile Marker 50 gulf side) thoughtfully provide docks where children can feed tropical fish or see huge tarpon.

Here are a few of our favorite family activities:

Swim with Dolphins

At the Dolphin Research Center, visitors age 15-17 can enroll in a seven-day Teen Dolphin Lab or Dolphin Camps for ages 10-12 and 13-14, where students meet the resident dolphin population and observe their behavioral and physical characteristics as a way of learning respect for each individual. Here, you can also swim with dolphins this summer for an unforgettable experience.


Meet Sea Turtles

“Meet” rescued sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, where dedicated staff members focus on the care and rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles. The world’s only licensed veterinary hospital that specializes in sea turtles, the hospital even has its own turtle ambulance. Kids in the Keys can take guided tours of the facility to learn about sea turtles, get a behind-the-scenes look at the hospital and rehabilitation facility, and even feed some of the permanent residents. It’s also possible, if you’re lucky, to witness the release of a turtle that has been returned to health. Releases take place at beaches throughout the Keys, and since 1986 the hospital has released more than 1,000 sea turtles back into the ocean. The unique facility is located at MM 48.5 with daily tours at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Discover Shells, Fish Tanks and Pirate Costumes

Discover shells, fish tanks and pirate costumes at Crane Point Hammock in Marathon. Crane Point Hammock is a 63-acre environmental and archaeological preserve that features fun for families with all types of interests. The historically curious can visit Adderley House, a historic home built in 1906 by a Bahamian immigrant who was a sponge fisherman, boatman and charcoal maker. Adventure seekers can get up close and personal with the museum’s touch tank that features sea urchins and starfish or explore the large lagoon filled with nurse sharks and tropical fish. Nature lovers can hike along one of the nature trails or visit the Marathon Wild Bird Center, a bird rehabilitation center for injured or orphaned birds. Located at MM 50.5, Crane Point Hammock is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.


Try Paddle Boarding at Tranquility Bay

The sport of paddle boarding has exploded in popularity and is attracting enthusiasts and newbies alike to the Florida Keys to try it. Standing on the board, typically 12 to 14 feet in length, not only allows for a better view of the surroundings, but also enables practitioners to paddle longer and more easily while standing, versus sitting as in a kayak. Standup paddling appeals to many different people because it is a relatively simple, straightforward yet diverse activity. Enjoy touring through the mangrove trees, along the beaches or in the backcountry flats in a noninvasive way.


Make Friends at the Wild Bird Center

Just down the road in Tavernier, you can become friends with herons, owls, pelicans and egrets at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center. This wild bird rescue, rehabilitation and educational facility, is also a sanctuary and visitor center located at mile marker (MM) 93.6. The FKWBC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) that relies entirely on the generosity of both public and private donations. Visitors can drop in seven days a week, sunrise to sunset, and walk through the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary to the open water of Florida Bay where you’ll see many of the permanent residents along with free-flying birds of many species. Donations and volunteerism are gratefully accepted.


Learn to Sail

Families can get underway and hoist the sails during sailing lessons targeted to novice sailors who want to experience on-the-water training. Basic through advanced cruising, live-aboard cruises and charters are offered in the waters off the Keys.

Florida Keys Sailing, located in Marathon, offers training for a sailing license to charter or rent a sailboat. Classes range from day sailing trips (with lessons but no tests!) to three-day soup-to-nuts learning courses, after which sailors should be skilled enough to skipper a 24- to 30-foot boat. Five- and seven-day bareboat cruising classes offer serious candidates the skills to captain and charter a 40- or 50-foot sailboat anywhere in the world, and be able to take the family out for a cruise.


Search for Deer

Search for Key deer on Big Pine Key. Key deer are an endangered species that live only in the Lower Keys. These shy, appealing creatures are about the size of a large dog and can be found grazing all around Big Pine Key, especially in the early morning hours and around dusk. Spotting these “Bambi-like” creatures isn’t always easy, but it’s an adventure. To learn more about Key deer and other native species, visit the National Key Deer Refuge Visitor Center, located one-quarter mile north of the traffic light on Key Deer Boulevard in the Big Pine Key Shopping Plaza. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Visit a Local Park or Beach

Rotary Field of Dreams

Mile Marker 52, oceanside (75th Street and U.S. 1) Your children will be talking about this large playground for a long time to come. It offers a wooden replica of Thomas the Train, plus plenty of tunnels, swings, and a sandbox with a toothy, make-believe shark. There is plenty for toddlers and older kids.

Sombrero Beach

Mile Marker 50, oceanside (Turn off U.S. 1 at Sombrero Beach Blvd., and drive to the end). This 12.6-acre beach is one of the most popular stops in Marathon for good reason. The beach was renovated in 2003 with creative landscaping and other amenities. It offers walkways, picnic areas and a roped off swimming area.

Coco Plum Beach

Mile Marker 54.5 oceanside (Turn off U.S. 1 at Coco Plum Drive). This small, natural beach is an enjoyable stop, but one with few amenities. It is a quiet, dog-friendly beach with clean-up baggies provided.

Marathon Community Park

This park is located directly on US1 at 200 36th Street Ocean (MM 49). There are four tennis courts, a tennis wall, a combination hockey/basketball court (3 courts), two little league fields, and two soccer fields. There is also an X-treme skating park, two shuffleboard courts, two bocce ball courts, a batting cage, concession stand, amphitheater, picnic areas, and restrooms. This facility is handicap accessible. The park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


Count Bridges Along the Overseas Highway

The Florida Keys Overseas Highway, from north of Key Largo to Key West, is an All-American Road, the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program established by the U.S. Congress in 1991. Only 30 other roadways in the nation have earned the prestigious title.

The Overseas Highway has been named one of America’s most scenic drives and among the top 10 greatest drives in the United States by several prestigious publications, including Reader’s Digest and more.

On the next family trip to these drive-to islands, play a game to see who can count each of the 42 bridges over the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico!

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The Beach is on Sale in the Florida Keys!

Step right onto our white sand beach from your Florida Keys porch at Tranquility Bay Resort, with up to 15% savings on beachfront beach houses in May. This spontaneous offer is available for a limited time so call (855) 606-4502 today and our vacation planners will be happy to help.

Enjoy 15% off beachfront beach houses on the following dates:

  • May 22nd-24th
  • May 29th-31st

Click here to book online or call (855) 606-4502 to speak with an onsite vacation planner.

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Last Minute Luxury Starting This Weekend From $209/Night

We’ve got some late but great deals at Tranquility Bay Resort starting this Sunday, May 12th, 2013 and into next week! View our room types and starting rates below or call 855-554-8312 to speak with an on-site vacation planner today.

Waterview Beach Houses as Low as $209/Night

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Dates Available: Sunday May 12th through Wednesday May 15th, 2013

  • 2BR Waterview Beach House: From $209/Night
  • 3BR Waterview Beach House: From $224/Night
  • 3BR Waterfront Beach House: From $251/Night
  • 2BR Beachfront Beach House: From $279/Night
  • 3BR Beachfront Beach House: From $322/Night

NOTE: Please click ‘view all offers’ when booking online to find the above mentioned rates or call 855-554-8312 to speak with an on-site vacation planner for more information. Please make sure to select the date range and room type mentioned above.

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Note that rates are per night & subject to change based on availability. Offers valid for select dates only. This offer is available while rates last and some blackout dates may apply. Taxes and the daily resort fee are not included in this promotion and are additional. To view the discounted rate code, click ‘view all offers’ when booking.

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Photo Blog: The Top Reasons to Visit Tranquility Bay Resort

If a picture is worth a thousand words, we’ll save our fingers from doing the typing and let you enjoy the top reasons to visit Tranquility Bay Resort through some of our favorite images! For more information you can call 855-606-4502 or visit us online, but for now, we hope you will find a little piece of tranquility in this image collection. Happy travels!

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May and June Weekday Sale in the Florida Keys

Take advantage of our biggest sale of the year with spacious 2-bedroom waterview beach houses from $209/night in May and $229/Night in June at Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, Florida. The sale starts now for a limited time with offers available on Sundays through Thursdays.

Select ‘weekday offer’ when booking and please note that the percentage may vary based on occupancy and special event dates. View the leaflet below for details or call (866) 431-2334 to speak with an onsite vacation planner at Tranquility Bay Resort.

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Please note that rates are subject to change and may sell out at any given time.

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Earth Day Activities Planned Near Tranquility Bay Resort

 

April 22 marks the worldwide commemoration of Earth Day and throughout the Florida Keys, visitors can enjoy outdoor events and volunteer activities, including the one-day planetary celebration. Many don’t realize that the Florida Keys & Key West are surrounded by a national marine sanctuary and paralleled by the continental United States’ only living coral barrier reef, with significant conservation efforts in place. We’ve highlighted the Earth Day activities taking place near Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon and Key West although there is an array of activity throughout the Florida Keys.
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Marathon Area Activities

Bahia Honda State Park: For the 18th year, the 524-acre Bahia Honda State Park, located in the Lower Keys at mile marker (MM) 36.8, is to host its annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free family-friendly event features live music by various Keys favorites including the popular family band The Doerfels, a sand sculpture contest, fish printing, puppet shows, face painting, children’s games and marine touch tanks.

Environmental exhibitions are to be presented by local groups including Marathon’s renowned Turtle Hospital, Pigeon Key, the Florida Keys Astronomy Club and many more. Bahia Honda’s pristine expanse of sandy beach has been ranked among the United States’ 10 best. One of the Florida Keys’ most popular camping and recreation areas, Bahia Honda offers deep near-shore waters for swimming and snorkeling as well as camping, picnicking, watersports, a marina and rental cabins.

For more information about Earth Day activities at the park, call the Bahia Honda Sand and Sea Nature Center at 305-872-9807.

Dolphin Research Center Bridge Cleanup: Located at MM 59 bayside on Grassy Key, the Dolphin Research Center is sponsoring a bridge cleanup Thursday, April 25, for interested volunteers who want to enjoy time outdoors while giving back to the environment. Participants are to meet at 4:30 p.m. at Tom’s Harbor Bridge, MM 60.6. The cleanup will begin at the parking area on the west end of the bridge on the ocean side and last until 5:45 p.m.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothes, hats and shoes that can get wet or dirty, and bring a bug repellent, sunscreen and a cutting tool. For more information, contact Courtney Coburn at 305-289-1121, ext. 231. Dolphin Research Center also is to host its annual Ocean Day Celebration Thursday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. DRC welcomes Florida Keys third- and fifth-grade classes for a fun-filled day of watching the center’s resident dolphins and learning about marine life, the Florida Keys environment and other topics.

As well as Dolphin Research Center, presenters include numerous environmental and nature groups such as Bahia Honda State Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Turtle Hospital, Reef Relief and others.

The center is open daily to the public. General admission is $20 per adult, $15 for children ages 4-12, $17.50 for members of the military and free for children age 3 and younger. For information, call 305-289-1121 or visit www.dolphins.org.

 

Key West Activities

Celebrate the planet outdoors Saturday, April 6, during the Earth Day 5k Run/Walk starting at McCoy Indigenous Park, located at Atlantic Boulevard and White Street in Key West, and sponsored by the Key West Southernmost Runners club. Earth-friendly recyclable awards are to be given to the top overall male and female, top masters male and female and first- and second-place runners in each age group ranging from 9 and under to 70-plus. Additional awards await top 5k walk finishers.

Final registration and race packet pickup at the park is set for 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 5, or on race day at 7 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m.

Earth Day Movie Festival: Participants age 14 and over pay a $15 advance registration fee or $20 on race day, while participants age 13 and under pay $10 in advance or $15 on race day. Race T-shirts are to be given to the first 100 registered participants. Proceeds benefit the Friends and Volunteers of Refuges organization. To register, visit www.southernmostrunners.com/applications/ED5KRegistration-13.pdf

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is to present an Earth Day Movie Festival Saturday, April 20, at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at 35 East Quay Road in Key West. Starting at 10 a.m., the series of six hour-long films is produced by the World Ocean Observatory and Compass Light Films and highlights ocean climate, energy and biodiversity. They include “Ocean Day: The Copenhagen Climate Talks,” “Acid Test: The Global Challenge of Ocean Acidification,” “Exploring Bloody Wall,” “Census of Marine Life: Approach & Findings,” “Ocean Energy Innovators” and “Dark Horizon,” with the last film scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Admission to the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is free. For information, visit floridakeys.noaa.gov/eco_discovery.html.

 

Other Florida Keys Activities

Keys visitors can “take a pledge” in the Got Your Bags? Florida Keys campaign, which encourages the voluntary reduction of single-use plastic bags and the adoption of reusable bags to decrease marine debris and litter in the Keys.

The grass-roots initiative was launched in cooperation with the Keys’ Green Living & Energy Education organization, a local nonprofit dedicated to education and promoting sustainable living in the Keys.

Residents and visitors who sign a pledge at First State Bank at MM 30.5 in Big Pine Key — the program’s first designated pledge station — are to receive a complimentary reusable shopping bag donated by the bank and Save-A-Turtle. The latter’s mission is to preserve and protect rare and endangered marine turtles. For more information, visit www.keysglee.com/gyb.

Visitors who want to do something good for the environment beyond Earth Day and add an enriching element to their next Florida Keys vacation can connect and get involved with voluntourism opportunities through a new website at www.keysvoluntourism.com.

The site provides direct links to a variety of Florida Keys charities, nonprofit organizations and foundations — all dedicated to protecting and improving the quality of human and animal life in the island chain — that are seeking volunteers.

Keys travelers can give back to the destination and its unique ecosystems with such activities as helping build an underwater coral nursery or planting corals on actual reefs, collecting reef fish populations data, assisting with yard work or minor repairs at an outdoor tropical garden facility, feeding injured wild birds or mending their cages, cleaning or maintaining nature paths or trails, or even helping with fundraising events.

Florida Keys green travel information: www.fla-keys.com/greentravel

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Late But Great Travel Deals in the Florida Keys

Who says you can’t have luxury and value? We’ve made shopping for value at our luxury Florida Keys resort a little easier, by highlighting upcoming value dates where you can enjoy added savings for a limited time on specific room types. To book each value date, click below and select the specific date range and room type, or call 888-504-4174 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.

Last Minute Luxury- April and May Value Dates:

Waterview 2-Bedroom Beach Houses as Low as $239/Night

  • April Availability From $239/Night: April 21-25
  • May Availability From $239/Night: May 5-9; 12-16; 19-22; 27-30

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Click here to book or call 888-504-4174 to speak with an on-site vacation planner for more information. Please make sure to select the date range and room type mentioned above.

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Note that rates are per night & subject to change based on availability. Offers valid for select dates only. This offer is available while rates last and some blackout dates may apply. Taxes and the daily resort fee are not included in this promotion and are additional. To view all the discounted rate code, click ‘view all offers’ when booking.

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72 Hour Sale Starts Friday April 5th at Noon

After you finish your taxes this weekend, we’ve got something a little more fun to sink your ‘feet’ into… powder white sand in the Florida Keys! Starting Friday April 5th at noon, you can snag a 2-bedroom waterview beach house from $229/night April through June with our 72-Hour Sale.

The sale starts Friday April 5th at noon and ends Monday April 8th, 2013 at noon with select travel dates April through June.  Book early before rates sell out over the weekend! Here’s the skinny:

Tranquility Bay 72-Hour Sale Details

  • Sale Dates: Friday April 5, 2013 at noon through Monday April 8, 2013 at noon
  • Travel Dates: April through June
  • Offer: Save up to 20% on two and three-bedroom beach houses with two-bedroom waterview beach houses starting at $229/night and three-bedroom waterview beach houses starting at $249/night.
  • Terms: Full payment is required at the time of purchase and is non-refundable. Savings vary based on availability. Rates are valid for 72 hours only and may sell out at a given time.

Click Here to Book Online or Call 888-965-1670 to speak with an on-site vacation planner.

And if you don’t get your taxes done this weekend, here’s a little liquid libation from TJ’s Tiki Bar to help you keep your sanity. ;)

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View exciting Upcoming Events April through June near Tranquility Bay Resort.

If you can’t travel during these dates, view other Exciting Offers Here.

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Last Minute Deal Alert- April 7th through 11th, 2013

The Florida sunshine is closer than you think with these last minute deals April 7th through 11th, 2013 at Tranquility Bay Resort. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or the one you love, Tranquility Bay  offers something for everyone. Enjoy on-site watersports, local attractions, or soak up the Florida sun on our 2.5 acre beach or our lagoon style pool.

Enjoy these great deals on beach houses April 7th through 11th! Call 855-554-8312.
☀2-Bedroom Waterview Beach House:  $254.15/night plus resort fee and tax
☀3-Bedroom Waterview Beach House:  $279.65/night plus resort fee and tax
☀3-Bedroom Waterfront Beach House:  $296.65/night plus resort fee and tax
☀2-Bedroom Beachfront Beach House:  $339.15/night plus resort fee and tax
☀3-Bedroom Beachfront Beach House:  $381.65/night plus resort fee and tax

Note: Rates are subject to availability and may change. This offer is valid for only the dates mentioned above.

Or click here to visit us online at TranquilityBay.com.

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Spring and Summer Vacations: Stay 5 Nights in Florida Keys Paradise

 

Stay 5 Nights and Discover the True Meaning of Escape

Book now to enjoy spring and summer savings at Tranquility Bay Resort. Discover family friendly spring break vacations, summer fun, or a romantic escape. Whatever your pleasure, simply discover the true meaning of escape at Tranquility Bay. 

Save up to 15% When Staying 5 Nights

After five luxurious nights at Tranquility Bay Resort, you may never want to leave our island paradise. Book now to enjoy special spring and summer savings on a five-night stay at our tropical beachfront Florida Keys Resort. Soak up a Florida sunset from your two or three-bedroom  beach house with full gourmet kitchen and waterview porch. If you can’t stay for five nights, we have a range of other offers to suit your needs. View More Offers

Call 855-536-1243 to speak with an on-site vacation planner today.


Spring Into Summer Fun

Whether you’re traveling with family, friends, or the one you love, Tranquility Bay Resort offers something for everyone. Enjoy on-site watersports, local attractions, or soak up the Florida sun on our 2.5 acre beach or our lagoon style pool. When the sun goes down, dive into an island drink at TJ’s Tiki Bar or dine at our award-winning Butterfly Cafe. View More Things to Do


Two and Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

Choose from luxurious two and three-bedroom beach houses with amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy plenty of space for friends and family with large living rooms and your own gourmet kitchen. View Our Accommodations


The true meaning of escape is at your finger tips this spring and summer. Availability is limited so book now to avoid disappointment!

Call 855-536-1243 to speak with an on-site vacation planner or book online.

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