Let’s face it: kids can be pretty darn expensive these days. Especially when it comes to going on vacation. So if you’re planning on heading down to the Keys with your family between now and October 13, you’re going to especially like “Kids Free Florida Keys.” This special program offers free admission to all kinds of Florida Keys attractions, tours, water sports and more for children 12 or younger.

Just go on KidsFreeFloridaKeys.com to download coupons for visits to nature-themed and historic attractions, restaurants and activities ranging from helicopter sightseeing tours to glass bottom boat Eco-tours and snorkel excursions. The site also has links to participating businesses and information about their offerings.

In Key West, participating “Kids Free” attractions and museums include the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Fort East Martello, Conch Tour Train, Key West Aquarium, Old Town Trolley Tours, Key West Lighthouse, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, Sails to Rails Museum and the Oldest House Museum and Gardens.

There are also multiple water sports excursions and unique experiences with Key West Food Tours and the Southernmost Scavenger Hunt.

In the Middle and Upper Keys participants include the Dolphin Research Center, the Turtle Hospital, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters and the History of Diving Museum. You can also, enjoy oTHErside Boardsports’ paddle or kayak Eco-tours (82758 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada), and snorkel or dive experiences from Amy Slate’s Amoray Dive Center (104250 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo).

Other perks you’ll appreciate are special restaurant offers and gifts for kids from many of our local hotels. The only caveat to the “Kids Free Florida Keys” program is that each child must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. So what are you waiting for? Get down here before October 13 passes you by!

More info at kidsfreefloridakeys.com.