Spring Break to the Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park 1

We have just returned from a Spring Break trip with the kids to the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas National Park. For those of you not familiar, we live in Tampa, so the trip started with a long drive, about 7 hours. Luckily we have a van with a tv so the kids are entertained. We did make several stops on the way down. We stopped for lunch in the Homestead area and then made a short detour to Robert is Here Fruit Stand. They have a lot of tropical fruits and awesome fruit flavored milkshakes. My favorite is the Mamey. Back on the road, our next stop was Robbie’s Marina to feed the tarpon. You pay to go out on their dock and buy a bucket of fish. When you throw the fish off the dock, if it makes it past the pelicans, then a large Tarpon will come up to get it. There was also a Lemon Shark that was coming up also.

Brown Pelican at Robbie's Marina
Brown Pelican at Robbie’s Marina
Robbie's Marina
Robbie’s Marina
Family at Robbie's Marina
Family at Robbie’s Marina

Our next stop was on Big Pine Key to see the Key Deer. It took a little driving, but we eventually spotted one. We got out and were standing across the road the and the deer approached my daughter. Another one also come out of the mangroves.

Daughter with Key Deer
Daughter with Key Deer
Daughter with Key Deer
Daughter with Key Deer

We finally made it to Key West. We made the obligatory stop at the Southernmost Point in the Continental US for a family photo, had dinner and then crashed at the hotel as we had to leave early the next morning to get on the ferry.

Southernmost Point in Continental US
Southernmost Point in Continental US

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