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Florida Keys Family Multi-Adventure Tour – Teens & Kids

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Stand-Up Paddleboard

Winter Sunshine from Everglades to Key West

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There's no place like the Florida Keys. And your family's adventure will be just as unique. Discover unique ecosystems in the Everglades. Snorkel among a rainbow of colorful fish. Kayak over crystal clear waters. Pedal along bike paths in the sun. Immerse yourself in the tropical vibe of the keys as you make your journey to the southernmost tip of the Continental United States. 

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Highlights

  • Ride and boat through the Everglades, a World Heritage site and International Biosphere Reserve
  • Kayak on luminescent turquoise waters to a beautiful coral island and watch for marine life
  • Snorkel, paddleboard and pedal on flat dedicated bike paths that let you and your family relax and soak in the warm breezes
  • Enjoy off-the-beaten-path historic and exciting cultural encounters throughout this journey along the Keys
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Itinerary

Day 1 Pedal on a car-free bike path through wetlands in Everglades National Park—keep an eye out for alligators!  |  Venture through the fascinating swamp habitat on a private airboat tour and learn more about the rare flora and fauna that call this delicate ecosystem home  |  Travel from the Everglades to Islamorada, where sea and fun await. 

Days 2-3  Enjoy shallow-water snorkeling at a protected coral reef or view this colorful undersea world from a glass-bottom boat  |  Maybe you'll spot the submerged remains of an early Spanish shipwreck  |  Kids learn to fish like the locals and visit the Dolphin Research Center to meet and learn about these playful sea creatures  |  Kayak to Indian Key or deep into the mangrove mazes in search of opportunities for animal sightings. 

Days 4-6 Pedal along the Overseas Heritage Trail, peering into the clear waters for the chance to see eagle rays and sharks | Visit the sandy beaches at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park | Check out a few of Hemingway's old haunts on a walking tour in Key West's historic district | Sail to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, home to the world's third largest coral reef.

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Premiere Hotels

Cheeca Lodge and Spa
Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Islamorada (2 nights)

Hawks Cay Resort
Hawks Cay Resort

Duck Key (1 night)

Ocean Key Resort and Spa
Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Key West (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Everglades and Key West

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Cheeca Lodge and Spa

Cheeca Lodge & Spa

Islamorada (2 nights)

Part of the Islamorada scene since 1946, this amenity-rich beachside resort is set on 27 lush acres. (pool, spa)

Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort

Duck Key (1 night)

Ease into island life as you savor sublime vistas at this elegant resort just steps from the Atlantic Ocean. (pool, spa)

Ocean Key Resort and Spa

Ocean Key Resort & Spa

Key West (2 nights)

Superbly located at the foot of Mallory Square, the epicenter of the famous nightly sunset festival. (pool, spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Biking 15 0
Other Airboat Tour (1 Hour)
2 Other Snorkeling Excursion or Glass-Bottom Boat Tour (2.5 Hours)
Kids Fishing
3 Biking 16 0
Kayaking around Indian Key (2.5 Hours)
Kids Dolphin Research Visit (1.5 Hours)
4 Biking 8 0 17 0
Other Walking Tour of Key West (2 Hours)
5 Other Sailing Excursion (3 Hours)
Other Optional Fishing, Parasailing or Jet-Skiing
6 Other Stand-Up Paddleboarding (1 Hour)
 

Note: To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

A Place Like No Other

The Florida Keys have a unique charm all their own. You'll bike past the meticulously restored Victorian homes of Key West, cruise ships parked offshore, a few strip-malls and the occasional tackle shop. Isolated sandy beaches are few and far between in the Keys; instead it's the vibrant character, fascinating history and quirky culture that make the keys such a one-of-a-kind destination.

Traffic & Crowds

The Keys have their share of crowds and traffic—especially over peak holiday and spring break months, when it is not uncommon to experience traffic delays and slow service during meals. Not to worry, we have built plenty of time into the itinerary to account for the relaxed pace—which the locals call "Keys Disease"!

Terrain

The Keys' narrow islands are connected by the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which allows us to travel through them on dedicated bike paths. These paths are flat—perfect for laid-back spins—and run parallel to the highway. Please note that cars will typically be within view and you'll occasionally have to cross the main road.

Weather & Activities

Water activities in the Keys are weather dependent. In the case of bad weather, alternative activities will be planned. In colder months, the water temperatures average 70 degrees, and wetsuits will be available.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there will be time for you to enjoy some of the Keys' signature activities, such as paddleboarding, fishing, parasailing, Jet Skiing or scuba diving. These options are often a highlight for those who choose to participate. Since they're not always to everyone's liking, however, they have not been included in the cost of your trip. As with other Backroads trips rated 1-2, if you decide not to take part in an optional activity, it simply means more time to enjoy the hotels or explore the area on your own.

Why Travel with Backroads in Everglades and Key West

Not Your Typical Day at the Beach

Designed by a Backroads expert who grew up in the Keys, this unique family trip explores a side of Florida that most visitors miss. Your gang will enjoy biking, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking and boating in the National Marine Sanctuary, the vast reserve that encompasses the Keys and the world's third-largest barrier reef. And in the Everglades we venture far off-road into a cypress dome forest filled with colorful birds and rare plant life. Welcome to the secret Florida.

Leaders Focused on Families

When everyone's together, there's lots going on; and when kids' and adults' priorities diverge, it can seem like two different trips. That's why our Family Adventures in Everglades and Key West have three Trip Leaders—including a dedicated Kids Activity Expert who regularly takes younger travelers off to do their own thing. Other companies try to get by with two leaders; we step up and do it right. For more on our family focus, check this out.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Everglades and Key West trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Plenty of Kids on Your Trip

It may be hard to imagine being on a family trip with no other families on it—but it happens regularly with some companies. On a Backroads Family Adventure there are typically several families on each departure, creating more opportunities for your kids to make new friends as they try fun things together – which is a big part of the experience.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore Everglades and Key West with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multi-adventure concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

We Invented the Multi-Adventure Trip

After more than 30 years of creating Backroads Multi-Adventures, our trip designers know how to blend the perfect balance of biking and hiking with other activities to showcase the best of a region. And then they arrange the seamless transitions that would be so hard to orchestrate on your own—adding dimensions to your trip that are exciting, inspiring and just plain fun.

Signature Backroads Picnics

Guests rave about our picnic spreads. Enjoy a welcome break in a scenic spot, or a quick refuel stop if you don't want to lose momentum. And because we have two vans, one can host lunch while the other is out providing support along the route.

A Second Van When You Need It

Backroads is the only active travel company providing two support vans in Everglades and Key West—because we know it's essential to ensure a truly great travel experience. It doubles our ability to be there when you need us to offer hydration, lighten your load or give you a lift if it's time to take a break. Read more on why two vans make all the difference.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Everglades and Key West trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the road and trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Time Together, Time Apart

Backroads is the leader in designing trips that ensure everyone, young and young-at-heart alike, has an amazing time. Your Backroads Family Adventure balances family activities with diversions designed exclusively for the kids—giving the adults a welcome break from making decisions, other than choosing whether to explore a few more miles or just enjoy each other's company. A family vacation where everyone gets to relax, recharge and have fun – what a concept!

Custom-Designed Bikes for Kids

Only Backroads provides bikes specifically designed for younger riders. Find out more information on all of our kids' bikes and optional accessories. And check out Tom Hale's blog post about biking with your kids.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

A Place Like No Other

The Florida Keys have a unique charm all their own. You'll bike past the meticulously restored Victorian homes of Key West, cruise ships parked offshore, a few strip-malls and the occasional tackle shop. Isolated sandy beaches are few and far between in the Keys; instead it's the vibrant character, fascinating history and quirky culture that make the keys such a one-of-a-kind destination.

Traffic & Crowds

The Keys have their share of crowds and traffic—especially over peak holiday and spring break months, when it is not uncommon to experience traffic delays and slow service during meals. Not to worry, we have built plenty of time into the itinerary to account for the relaxed pace—which the locals call "Keys Disease"!

Terrain

The Keys' narrow islands are connected by the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail, which allows us to travel through them on dedicated bike paths. These paths are flat—perfect for laid-back spins—and run parallel to the highway. Please note that cars will typically be within view and you'll occasionally have to cross the main road.

Weather & Activities

Water activities in the Keys are weather dependent. In the case of bad weather, alternative activities will be planned. In colder months, the water temperatures average 70 degrees, and wetsuits will be available.

On-Your-Own Activities

During the trip there will be time for you to enjoy some of the Keys' signature activities, such as paddleboarding, fishing, parasailing, Jet Skiing or scuba diving. These options are often a highlight for those who choose to participate. Since they're not always to everyone's liking, however, they have not been included in the cost of your trip. As with other Backroads trips rated 1-2, if you decide not to take part in an optional activity, it simply means more time to enjoy the hotels or explore the area on your own.
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