Must-Visit Florida Keys Attractions Near Hawks Cay

March 01, 2023

This spring break, families can make Hawks Cay their homebase to exploring the vibrant and diverse environment of the sunny Florida Keys. There’s so much to do and see near Hawks Cay, with fun—and even educational—activities for the whole family just a short drive away.

Here are three family-friendly attractions within a 30-minute drive of the resort:

  • The Turtle Hospital, 2396 Overseas Highway: The Turtle Hospital rescues and rehabilitates injured turtles with goal of reintegrating them back into nature. Travelers can visit for an educational tour of the facility to learn more about the sea creatures and see the day-to-day side of running the facility. At the facility, those looking to get up-close-and-personal with sea turtles can interact with them, assist with feeding them and even join the hospital’s monthly release program to cheer rehabbed sea turtles back to their ocean home.

  • Theater of the Sea, 84721 Overseas Highway: Between its lagoons and lush gardens, Theatre of the Sea is home to sea lions, sharks, stingray, alligators, birds and more. This popular Islamorada attraction provides its visitors which a great sense of Florida’s nature and wildlife landscape and the harmonies that exist between them. Here, guests can opt for a sea lion-led painting class!

  • Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, 11710 Overseas Highway: This outpost allows guests to get their hands wet with a wide range of interactive touch tank exhibits. Perfect for all ages with an interest in marine life, Aquarium Encounters is a must-visit on every family’s Florida Keys itinerary.

Back at the resort, families can experience the fun and adventure at Hawks Cay with activities like fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, boating and more! Learn more about Hawks Cay’s activity list by visiting