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Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters Opens Near Tranquility Bay Resort

Visitors to the middle Florida Keys now can enjoy an immersive experience with reef fish, invertebrates, stingrays and even sharks — without entering the ocean — at Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters. At the marine life attraction, recently opened in Marathon, they can learn about the importance of marine conservation while discovering the Keys’ complex underwater habitats.

The signature feature of the multimillion-dollar facility, located near the foot of the Vaca Cut Bridge at 11710 Overseas Highway, is a coral reef exhibit and shark habitat housed in a massive 200,000-gallon interconnected saltwater aquarium.

Following an instructional presentation, participants in the flagship 90-minute encounter can immerse themselves in the tank to hover over an artificial coral reef structure and interact with tropical reef fish, rays and other reef-dwelling marine species that are part of the in-tank ecosystem.

The encounter employs tethered diving technology, enabling individuals without prior scuba experience to enjoy the in-water opportunity with supervision from trained professional dive instructors. A large fortified Plexiglas window divides the coral reef tank from a shark and predatory fish tank, and participants can hand-feed those creatures through underwater feeding ports in the window.

Other interactive aquarium encounters include shallow touch tanks that feature starfish, conchs and horseshoe crabs, and allow feeding debarbed stingrays and docile baby nurse sharks. At each encounter, a staff marine biologist provides educational introduction and guidance.

Visit www.floridakeysaquariumencounters.com or call 305-407-3262.

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Top Ten Reasons Why Families Love Tranquility Bay Resort

Wildlife adventures, spectacular sunsets, delectable dining, pristine beaches: these are just some of the reasons why Marathon, Florida is one of the most popular hot spots for an unforgettable family vacation. To help you make the most of your precious time away together, we’ve highlighted ten of the top reasons why families love Tranquility Bay Resort:

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1) Spacious Family Beach Houses
At Tranquility Bay Resort, you will never fall short on space in one of our two or three-bedroom beach houses. Designed with spaciousness and luxury in mind, each beach house boasts its own private porch and overlooks the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Offering a relaxing “home away from home” atmosphere, everything your family needs is under one roof, including laundry facilities, a fully-equipped kitchen and a super comfortable living room complete with a 42-inch plasma TV.

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2) Three Sparkling Pools
Much of your family time in Marathon will center itself around water, whether in it, on it or lounging around it. As you stroll through the lush, landscaped gardens surrounding your beach house, you’ll soon discover one of three sparking pools, each beckoning you to take a dip and cool down. The largest of the three is a beautiful lagoon-style pool for all ages. There is also an adults-only pool and a more intimate pool near our Tropical Garden Guestroom area. Your little ones will be endlessly entertained splashing around and practicing their swimming style under the tropical skies of the Florida Keys.

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3) Private White Sand Beach
Within steps of your beach house, you’ll soon feel your toes sink into powder soft white sand on our private beach. Clean, peaceful, and safe, our Tranquility Bay Resort beach is the perfect haven for the whole family to unwind, have fun and dip in and out of the crystal clear ocean. Although the water entry access to our beach is small, you can still enjoy 2.5 acres of white sand beach overlooking the water. To help keep the beach in pristine condition, we have recently installed a seagrass fence which ensures seagrasses are kept in the ocean to continue their vital job of protecting the ecosystem, rather than mounting up on the beach.

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4) A Sunset to Remember
No trip to the Florida Keys is complete without an evening watching the sun go down, and at Tranquility Bay your family can celebrate spectacular sunsets together from our private beach by TJ’s Tiki Bar. Try a tropical drink with plenty of frozen options for the kids. It’s a perfect spot to watch the tropical orange glow sparkle on the ocean before disappearing on the horizon, ready to rise again the next morning. Sunsets in the Florida Keys are renowned worldwide and will become part of your family’s special vacation memories.

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5) Exciting Onsite Watersports
With a huge variety of water-based activities available in Marathon, there is every opportunity to make a splash and immerse the whole family into a fun, action-packed day. Onsite watersports can be arranged through our adventure concierge, from kayaking, Florida Keys fishing charters and leisurely cruises, to WaveRunner rentals and parasailing. The warm waters surrounding Marathon are teeming with tropical fish and beautiful coral waiting to be explored, making it a colorful paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers.

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6) Dining for the Family
Families will love dining together in our award-winning Butterfly Cafe which features a children’s menu and a delicious range of local delicacies. The restaurant opens at 6:00 p.m. to suit little ones needing an early bedtime. The light, airy space of Butterfly Cafe provides the perfect atmosphere for family dining, or you can dine outdoors on our breezy patio. For light bites and lunch, try TJ’s Tiki Bar right by the beach which is a family favorite for lunch, refreshing drinks, smoothies and afternoon snacks. The kids will especially love our virgin Key Lime Daiquiri or Cookies n’ Cream Smoothie.

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7) Putting Green
There is nothing quite like the peace and quiet of putting in the warm open air under the bluest of skies. At Tranquility Bay Resort, you can prepare for the golf course on our immaculate putting green designed by Nicklaus Design, and enjoy the indulgence of “me time” as you put against the stunning backdrop of palm trees and a sparkling ocean.

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8) Standalone Cottages
Our family-friendly beach houses are ideal for creating the ultimate in privacy and exclusivity so the whole family can spend time together in a home-like environment. Each cottage is set within its own beach house unit so there are no communal hallways shared by other guests which suits many families on vacation, particularly those with younger children who won’t be disturbed by any noise after their early bedtime.

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9) Nearby Family Attractions
Many families find the tranquil setting of the resort, with its private beach and swimming pools, difficult to leave. However, Marathon is home to a range of attractions to add even more fun to your family vacation, including the Dolphin Research Center  which runs a variety of programs including the Dolphin Dip, a perfect way to plunge into unforgettable fun. Families can also meet sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital, discover shells, fish tanks and pirate costumes at Crane Point Hammock, and make friends with herons, owls, pelicans and egrets at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center.

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10) Budget rooms for families
Our new luxury single-level double queen-bed Tropical Garden Guestrooms offer seclusion and calm among a lush tropical landscape. Perfect for families looking for a budget-friendly stay, each guestroom is designed in conch style architecture, with understated luxury and graceful touches to add to the sense of serenity and relaxation.

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 Call 855-266-2703 to book your family vacation at Tranquility Bay Resort.

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4th of July in the Florida Keys: Family, Fireworks, Food and Fun!

Every year in Marathon, families and friends join together on July 4th to celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades, beachside fun, and spectacular firework displays.

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This year will feature an entire day of fun followed by one of the largest and longest firework displays in the Florida Keys on Sombrero Beach.  Celebrations begin with a patriotic parade in the morning, starting around 10:30, from Marathon High School to Sombrero Beach where a daylong party brings together food, drink, kids’ crafts and entertainment. The fireworks will then fill the skies with color after dark and there will be hundreds of boaters lined up in front of the beach for the best view of the celebrations.

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The Americana Music Festival also takes place during the July 4th festivities. Between June 30th and July 5th, you can discover around 30 musical bands and solo performers on stage at Marathon’s popular waterfront venue, Dockside Tropical Cafe (35 Sombrero Boulevard). The free event will feature afternoon performances and headliners later in the evening, all creating a lively atmosphere to add to the Independence Day celebrations.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, head down to Key West for the day and get a taste of the Key Lime Pie Festival (July 3 – 5). There’s every excuse to indulge in Key West’s favorite flavor during this festival while enjoying a number of highlights, including a Key lime pie-eating contest, a Miss Key Lime Pageant, and the unveiling of an impressive 9 foot-wide pie which will be served up on Greene Street, just off Duval Street.

Call (855) 266-2703 to book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort this 4th of July.

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10 Summer Family Activities in and Around Marathon, Florida

With summer vacation on the horizon, it’s time to choose that perfect family destination and Tranquility Bay Resort offers a range of family-friendly activities onsite and around Marathon, Florida. Here are our top 10 recommendations for family summer fun in the Florida Keys.

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1. Bahia Honda State Park:

The park is celebrated for having one of the world’s top beaches and is home to many rare and unusual plants and animals.

2. Crane Point:

Visitors to this 64-acre protected park may tour the Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site and Marathon Wild Bird Center, or explore the extensive nature trail system, an ideal stop on your Marathon Key vacation.

3. Pigeon Key

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pigeon Key served as a construction and maintenance camp for the Overseas Railroad during the early 1900s. The remarkable structures that remain provide a window back in time.

4. Dolphin Research Center:

Fun for the entire family, the Dolphin Research Center offers nature lovers, in-water encounters with marine mammals, as well as fascinating insight into their behavior.

5. Turtle Hospital:

Located next door to Tranquility Bay, the Turtle Hospital is dedicated to the health and preservation of sea turtles. The hospital offers guided, educational tours and a behind-the-scenes look at the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, something everyone in the family will appreciate on your Marathon FL vacation.

6. Seven Mile Bridge:

The longest bridge in the Keys is located at the southern end of Marathon and measures 35,716 ft. Take a family walk across the bridge and enjoy a majestic Florida Keys sunset.

7. Sombrero Reef:

Mile Marker 50, Oceanside. One of the most beautiful areas within the Keys’ living coral reef, Sombrero Reef is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries and is popular with eco-tourists who enjoy snorkeling and diving.

8. Sombrero Beach:

This 12.6-acre beach is one of the most popular vacation spots in Marathon. Renovated in 2003, the beach offers creative landscaping, walkways, picnic areas and a roped off swimming area.

9. Coco Plum Beach:

This small, natural beach is an enjoyable stop. It is a quiet, dog-friendly beach with clean-up baggies provided.

10. Tranquility Bay Resort Onsite Activities:

From three onsite swimming pools, a putting green and private beach, to an array of watersports, Tranquility Bay Resort offers all-day fun for the whole family.

Call 855-606-4502 to book your stay at Tranquility Bay Resort today.

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Sale Away Into Summer: Book by May 14th for Summer Vacation!

Getting organized early for summer can help you spend less on your family vacation so that you can get a piece of luxury at a slice of the price. It’s our way of treating you and your loved ones to a more affordable ticket to paradise following the long winter months, because you deserve to relax and have fun amid the beauty of the Florida Keys here at Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, Florida.

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Our “Sale Into Summer“ promotion offers up to 25% savings on spacious two or three-bedroom beach houses with views of the Gulf of Mexico, so you can look out on your own private paradise. Our charming two-bedroom beach houses are perfect for a family of four, offering two-level living with French doors that lead out onto spacious porches on both levels.

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We’ve created each beach house with comfort and luxury in mind, so you can indulge in style surrounded by quaintly painted furniture and enjoy the benefits of a private laundry service, flatscreen TVs, wireless internet and cable TV. The master bedroom features a king size bed and the second bedroom is perfect for siblings to share with twin size beds, all beautifully prepared with luxurious linens.

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Also available in our ‘Sale Into Summer‘ offer are the super spacious three-bedroom beach houses, ideal for larger families or groups of friends. Offering all the comfort, luxury and detail of our two-bedroom houses, you will find even more space here for up to six people with an additional bedroom offering a queen size bed. Whichever size beach house suits you and your party, every morning you can guarantee to wake up to the sight and sound of serenity before you plan your fun-filled day of family adventure.

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There couldn’t be a more ideal location for a summer family vacation than the Florida Keys. Tranquility Bay is surrounded by attractions and activities for all age groups to enjoy, including swimming with dolphins at the Dolphin Research Center, meeting sea turtles at the Turtle Hospital and snorkeling to find colorful coral and tropical fish. The resort is home to its own private beach, sparkling pools and the award-winning Butterfly Cafe which offers relaxed dining and a children’s menu. There are also more water-based activities than you can even fit into your vacation, to help make the most of your long-awaited summer break. 

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It’s no surprise that our resort remains the number one hotel in Marathon on TripAdvisor, so make sure you don’t lose out on the pleasure of unwinding in style at a lower price, as our family-friendly beach houses are set to sell fast the sooner summer arrives. 

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The “Sale Into Summer” promotion launches on May 5th and is available until May 14th for bookings over the summer through September 22nd. Book now via Call 877-705-5758 or visit www.tranquilitybay.com/saleaway.

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2014 Spring Break Family Vacations: Visit the Florida Keys

Why Families Love Marathon, Florida for Spring Break

The Florida Keys offer an array of family activity during the spring break period so it’s no wonder why guests flock to Tranquility Bay Resort in March and April. Marathon, Florida is far from a party town so families can rest easy knowing that Tranquility Bay is an excellent spring break destination for families in March and April, 2014.

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As one of the best family resorts in the Florida Keys, we offer spacious two and three-bedroom beach houses that are ideal for families! If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from our lagoon style tropical swimming pool and our white sand beach, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico.

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You won’t have to go far for meals with casual dining at TJ’s Tiki Bar or try our award winning restaurant, Butterfly Cafe which has a fantastic kid’s menu. If you’re up to it, you can even cook a family feast in your own gourmet kitchen at Tranquility Bay.

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Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Florida Keys sunset, teeing up on our putting green, or enjoying an array of watersports, including: diving and snorkeling adventures, kayaking, paddle boarding, wave runners, Hobi Cat and small boat rentals and guided eco-tours.

Call 866-842-2512 to speak with an on-site vacation planner about spring break family vacations in 2014.

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Florida Keys Spring Break Offers at Tranquility Bay

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View our Spacious Two and Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

These charming Florida Keys accommodations feature two-level living, ideal for up to four people. The beautifully proportioned first floor features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, separate dining area for four, half bath and living room with 42-inch wall mounted plasma TV, and wireless internet.

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French doors on both levels lead to spacious porches with spectacular, and unobstructed water views of the Gulf of Mexico. Laundry facilities and bedrooms are upstairs. View our Two-Bedroom Beach Houses or Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

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If you’re willing to forego the kitchen and living room for a single-level guestroom, try our new Tropical Garden Guestrooms. A double queen guestroom can accommodate four guests, similar to hotel room accommodations.


Spring Break Family Vacation Ideas: Onsite Activities at Tranquility Bay

Featuring glorious weather year round and endless activities such as Florida Keys fishing, Marathon is an exciting destination for family vacations. With its exceptional setting, comprehensive facilities and knowledgeable staff, Tranquility Bay is the ideal choice for those who wish to experience all the Florida Keys have to offer, especially for those looking to the explore the awaiting adventures in our surrounding Florida Gulf waters.

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Family Attractions in Marathon, Florida

  • Bahia Honda State Park: The park is celebrated for having one of the world’s top beaches and is home to many rare and unusual plants and animals.
  • Crane Point: Visitors to this 64-acre protected park may tour the Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site and Marathon Wild Bird Center, or explore the extensive nature trail system, an ideal stop on your Marathon Key vacation.
  • Pigeon Key: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pigeon Key served as a construction and maintenance camp for the Overseas Railroad during the early 1900s. The remarkable structures that remain provide a window back in time.
  • Dolphin Research Center: Fun for the entire family, the Dolphin Research Center offers nature lovers, in-water encounters with marine mammals, as well as fascinating insight into their behavior.
  • Turtle Hospital: Located next door to the resort, the Turtle Hospital is dedicated to the health and preservation of sea turtles. The Hospital offers guided, educational tours and a behind-the-scenes look at the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, something everyone in the family will appreciate on your Marathon FL vacation.
  • Seven Mile Bridge: The longest bridge in the Keys is located at the southern end of Marathon and measures 35,716 ft. Take a family walk across the bridge and enjoy a majestic Florida Keys sunset.
  • Sombrero Reef: Mile Marker 50, Oceanside. One of the most beautiful areas within the Keys’ living coral reef, Sombrero Reef is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries and is popular with eco-tourists who enjoy snorkeling and diving.
  • Sombrero Beach: This 12.6-acre beach is one of the most popular vacation spots in Marathon. Renovated in 2003, the beach offers creative landscaping, walkways, picnic areas and a roped off swimming area.
  • Coco Plum Beach: This small, natural beach is an enjoyable stop. It is a quiet, dog-friendly beach with clean-up baggies provided.

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Spring Into Summer: 7-Day Sale in the Florida Keys

As we wave farewell to a long winter and welcome some much-needed warmer days on the horizon, now is the time to treat yourself to a last minute spring break escape, or book early for summer vacation in the Florida Keys.

Florida Keys Summer VacationTo indulge in a slice of paradise complete with fresh seafood, relaxation, a calm ocean and unbeatable hospitality, head to the sunshine-filled Florida Keys and book a discount break at our luxury Tranquility Bay Resort in Marathon, during the “Spring Into Summer 7-day Sale.”

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For a limited time only, we’re offering up to 25% off stays when you book by March 17, 2014.

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You can unwind and relax in the peaceful, secluded surroundings of Tranquility Bay Resort during March or April and enjoy a 15% savings, or book a summer vacation and save up to 25% which is valid on stays through September 22.

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Whether you choose to stay in one of our spacious self-catering two and three-bedroom beach houses, or if you prefer more intimate accommodation in one of our new “Tropical Garden Guestrooms,” you will experience the ultimate in relaxation at an affordable price making Tranquility Bay Resort the ideal hideaway for families and couples.

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With great discounts on room bookings this spring and summer, you can sit back and make the most of all the resort has to offer.

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There are three sparkling pools in which to take a dip; award-winning dining at Butterfly Cafe; refreshing cocktails to sip at our beachfront  TJ’s Tiki Bar; a 2.5 acre white sand beach to lounge and relax before cooling off in the crystal-clear ocean.

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And if you’re after adventure, Marathon is home to a range of activities for all ages, from world-class fishing and golf to water sports and snorkeling.

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Book now and take advantage of our Spring Into Summer 7-day Sale for a vacation of a lifetime. Your next stay in paradise is just  few clicks away.

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Call 877-705-5758 to speak with an onsite vacation planner or book online now.

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Overseas Aero Tours is Marathon’s Newest Sightseeing Adventure

Marathon’s newest sightseeing venture, Overseas Aero Tours, provides a unique opportunity to see the Florida Keys from a vintage WWII biplane. During the company’s biplane rides for two, passengers can view the historic and contemporary bridges connecting the islands of the Florida Keys and spot marine life such as fish, sharks, rays and dolphins in the clear shallow waters below.

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Highlights include a bird’s eye view of Marathon, Pigeon Key, Sombrero Lighthouse and the historic Seven Mile Bridge. Rides combine history and nature in a memorable, fascinating adventure for Keys visitors.

Overseas Aero Tours is a family-run endeavor. Pilots are Captain Brad Neat, who began Keys seaplane tours in 1993, and former Continental Airlines pilot Captain Evan Doumis. Both pilots are certified flight instructors and can provide flight training for those interested.

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Excursion prices start at $110 for two people and range from eight-to-10-minute tours to 60-minute flights. Overseas Aero Tours’ biplane is located at the Florida Keys/Marathon International Airport, mile marker (MM) 52.2 gulfside.

For information, visit www.overseasaerotours.com and for reservations call 305-304-0015.

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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

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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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Spring Break Family Fun and Ideas in the Florida Keys

Spring Break 2014 Family Activities in Marathon, Florida

The Florida Keys offer an array of family activity during the spring break period so it’s no wonder why guests flock to Tranquility Bay Resort in March and April. Marathon, Florida is far from a party town so families can rest easy knowing that Tranquility Bay is an excellent spring break destination for families in March and April, 2014.

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As one of the best family resorts in the Florida Keys, we offer spacious two and three-bedroom beach houses that are ideal for families! If that’s not enough, kids love bouncing from our lagoon style tropical swimming pool and our white sand beach, located directly on the Gulf of Mexico.

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You won’t have to go far for meals with casual dining at TJ’s Tiki Bar or try our award winning restaurant, Butterfly Cafe which has a fantastic kid’s menu. If you’re up to it, you can even cook a family feast in your own gourmet kitchen at Tranquility Bay.

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Families and children especially love watching a gorgeous Florida Keys sunset, teeing up on our putting green, or enjoying an array of watersports, including: diving and snorkeling adventures, kayaking, paddle boarding, wave runners, Hobi Cat and small boat rentals and guided eco-tours.

Call 866-842-2512 to speak with an on-site vacation planner about spring break family vacations in 2014.

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Florida Keys Spring Break Offers at Tranquility Bay

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View our Spacious Two and Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

These charming Florida Keys accommodations feature two-level living, ideal for up to four people. The beautifully proportioned first floor features a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, separate dining area for four, half bath and living room with 42-inch wall mounted plasma TV, and wireless internet.

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French doors on both levels lead to spacious porches with spectacular, and unobstructed water views of the Gulf of Mexico. Laundry facilities and bedrooms are upstairs. View our Two-Bedroom Beach Houses or Three-Bedroom Beach Houses

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If you’re willing to forego the kitchen and living room for a single-level guestroom, try our new Tropical Garden Guestrooms. A double queen guestroom can accommodate four guests, similar to hotel room accommodations.


Spring Break Family Vacation Ideas: Onsite Activities at Tranquility Bay

Featuring glorious weather year round and endless activities such as Florida Keys fishing, Marathon is an exciting destination for family vacations. With its exceptional setting, comprehensive facilities and knowledgeable staff, Tranquility Bay is the ideal choice for those who wish to experience all the Florida Keys have to offer, especially for those looking to the explore the awaiting adventures in our surrounding Florida Gulf waters.

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Family Attractions in Marathon, Florida

  • Bahia Honda State Park: The park is celebrated for having one of the world’s top beaches and is home to many rare and unusual plants and animals.
  • Crane Point: Visitors to this 64-acre protected park may tour the Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum, Adderley Town Historic Site and Marathon Wild Bird Center, or explore the extensive nature trail system, an ideal stop on your Marathon Key vacation.
  • Pigeon Key: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Pigeon Key served as a construction and maintenance camp for the Overseas Railroad during the early 1900s. The remarkable structures that remain provide a window back in time.
  • Dolphin Research Center: Fun for the entire family, the Dolphin Research Center offers nature lovers, in-water encounters with marine mammals, as well as fascinating insight into their behavior.
  • Turtle Hospital: Located next door to the resort, the Turtle Hospital is dedicated to the health and preservation of sea turtles. The Hospital offers guided, educational tours and a behind-the-scenes look at the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles, something everyone in the family will appreciate on your Marathon FL vacation.
  • Seven Mile Bridge: The longest bridge in the Keys is located at the southern end of Marathon and measures 35,716 ft. Take a family walk across the bridge and enjoy a majestic Florida Keys sunset.
  • Sombrero Reef: Mile Marker 50, Oceanside. One of the most beautiful areas within the Keys’ living coral reef, Sombrero Reef is protected by the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuaries and is popular with eco-tourists who enjoy snorkeling and diving.
  • Sombrero Beach: This 12.6-acre beach is one of the most popular vacation spots in Marathon. Renovated in 2003, the beach offers creative landscaping, walkways, picnic areas and a roped off swimming area.
  • Coco Plum Beach: This small, natural beach is an enjoyable stop. It is a quiet, dog-friendly beach with clean-up baggies provided.

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