Unlock The Magic Of Key West In April: 7 Best Activities & Events

Key West In April -The Best Time To Visit Key West

As Spring Break approaches us, the temperatures in Key West start to attract visitors from all over the world. Key West in April provides an array of activities that make this enchanting tropical paradise a must-take trip on your bucket list, free from the rainy season and hurricane season.

If you’re looking for a truly unique and unforgettable experience, visiting the Key West backcountry on a boat is an absolute must! Imagine stepping onto pristine, white sandy beaches surrounded by crystal-clear turquoise waters. The backcountry is home to some of the most stunning sandbars you’ll ever lay eyes on. It’s like stepping into a postcard!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the incredible mangrove island rookeries, where you can spot magnificent ibis, herons, pelicans, and their adorable fledglings. It’s a sight you won’t want to miss!

Now, sit back, relax, and envision yourself choosing from these 9 amazing activities to experience in Key West in April!


1) Enjoy Key West The Guidance Of Our Tour Guides

When you come to the southernmost city of the country, we are here to be your partner for an unforgettable experience! Our team of local guides is not only highly trained but also fully equipped to ensure you have the best time possible. Book your tour with us at Night Kayak Key West to experience Key West from a completely different perspective. It’s the cherry on top of a Florida Key vacation!

We offer a variety of charter and kayak trips for small groups. All of our captains have spent years in the region and have become expert tour guides. From nighttime kayaking to daytime sandbar trips, we offer a variety of tours that show you many magical sides of Key West.

As a proud family-owned and operated company, we know exactly how to provide the marine adventure of a lifetime in the scenic Florida Keys!

Scenic Key West Sandbar Trips  - Avoid Winter Crowds


2) Mallory Square Sunset Celebration

Your visit to Key West wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the traditional and world-famous Mallory Square Sunset Celebration. Although this occasion goes on all year long, April has some of the most beautiful sunsets. When visiting Key West, you can join visitors as they come together at Mallory Square to witness one of the country’s most notable sunsets.

You’ll find the square filled with musicians and street performers that create a festive Spring Break atmosphere. It is a colorful way to enjoy nature and start your Key West nights.

Sunset Celebration At Mallory Square


3) Conch Republic Independence Celebration

April offers the opportunity to experience this family-friendly event. This entertaining occasion commemorates the symbolic 1982 secession of Key West from the United States. It is a fun and whimsical festival that is open throughout April where locals and visitors celebrate the island’s unique spirit.

You’ll have the chance to see the famous Great Sea Battle, attend countless parties, see parades, participate in water skirmishes, and wear your favorite pirate costume. Here’s what to expect during this unique celebration:

  • Enjoy parades and parties that feature live music, colorful floats, and lots of dancing where locals and visitors come together under pleasant weather.

  • Experience the Great Sea Battle, which is the highlight of the occasion. Witness whimsical water skirmishes featuring pirate ships, water cannons, and mock battles that create a waterfront spectacle.

  • Feel the culmination of the spirit of Key West during this amazing celebration. The Conch Republic Independence Celebration provides more than just a series of events. It symbolizes the culmination of the island’s joyous spirit and resilience throughout history.

Key West's Famous Conch Republic Independence Celebration


4) Celebrate Earth Day

The natural landscape of Key West is perfect for celebrating Earth Day. The Keys have a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. During this important April celebration, you’ll find workshops and exhibits that promote and educate people on eco-conscious practices. It’s a perfect time free from the rainy season. There are live demonstrations on subjects such as wildlife preservation, marine conservation, and advances in renewable energy.

During this celebration, you will be able to participate in local initiatives, beach cleanups, and education sessions that give you a glimpse into Key West’s commitment to preserving its beautiful natural environment. A great addition to the celebration is to visit the Key West Butterfly And Nature Conservatory where you’ll be surrounded by nature.

 Celebrate Earth Day In Key West


5) Key West Butterfly And Nature Conservatory

During April, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory become a magical place where you can explore the world of butterflies. It is an enchanting Florida Keys haven where thousands of butterflies from around the world flutter around lush tropical gardens.

You can stroll around the glass-enclosed conservatory and watch these colorful flying insects. It is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings you close to nature and allows you to experience the delicate and serene world of butterflies.

Here’s what to expect:

  • Enjoy a family-friendly Florida Keys atmosphere perfect for small or large groups

  • Experience the tranquil natural environment away from the noise of Duval Street

  • Take advantage of the amazing opportunities for photography

  • Gain a deeper understanding with the help of trained guides that can greatly enhance your experience

  • Be part of interactive displays and exhibits that make your visit to the Florida Keys more engaging and allow you to have a deeper understanding of butterflies

  • Enjoy an educational experience about the biology of butterflies and the role they play in nature

  • Find global diversity of butterflies from all over the world

The Magical Key West Butterfly And Nature Conservatory


6) Visit Dry Tortugas National Park In April

April provides the perfect weather for you to experience crystal-clear waters outside of the Key West Aquarium. You’ll experience perfect water temperatures during this high season filled with sunny days.

Dry Tortugas National Park is the perfect opportunity to see the region’s diverse marine life. You can snorkel through gorgeous coral reefs and see a variety of tropical fish. Visiting the Dry Tortugas National Park is an absolute must for nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

The park is home to the iconic Fort Jefferson, a massive 19th-century coastal fortress. History comes alive as you wander through its impressive walls and learn about its fascinating past. It’s a unique opportunity to step back in time and immerse yourself in the rich history of the area.

Historical Dry Tortugas National Park


7) Spring Break At Smathers Beach

When in the mood for a Spring Break hot spot, Smathers Beach is the place to be. There’s a great mix of locals and vacationers who enjoy fun in the sun and lots of mingling. There are plenty of opportunities to meet people from all over the world while enjoying tasty beverages.

Smathers Beach in Key West is a haven for spring breakers, offering a wide range of exciting activities to enjoy. From jet skiing and parasailing to paddleboarding and kayaking, Smathers Beach has it all. Get your adrenaline pumping as you zip across the waves or take a leisurely paddle along the shoreline. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re a thrill-seeker or prefer a more relaxed experience.

If you’re looking for a quiet time away from vibrant Spring Break vibes, you can head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, where the ambiance is serene and breathtakingly beautiful!

Spring Break Beach Party


Visit Key West In April This Year!

Ready to have the most amazing spring? The month of April is one of the best times of the year to take a trip to Key West. You will have many options for experiencing Key West’s festivals, cultural events, and the never-ending celebration of the region’s natural environment. Whether you are an art enthusiast, foodie, or history buff, Key West provides countless ways to enjoy during the high season of April.

From the exciting festivities of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration to the calm beauty of the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Key West’s magic makes lifetime memories. When planning your trip in April, be sure to connect with Night Kayak Key West to book the perfect aquatic adventure.

So pack your swim gear and fully immerse yourself in all the natural wonders the island offers this April!

Key West Night Kayaking Tour

1 hour 30 minutes
Group Size
Up to 18

Night Kayak Guided Tour

Get a single or double glass-bottom kayak illuminated with lights and follow our tour guide on this one of a kind, unforgettable and simply magical adventure.

This slow paced, immersive, and very relaxing experience will allow you to see some cool, active at night marine life as you are gliding through crystal clear waters of Key West.

Guests will experience going through narrow mangrove tunnels at night, floating around shallow and calm waters as the tour guide will look for interesting critters for everyone to see.

3 hours
Group Size
1 to 6

Key West Sandbar Trip

Key West sandbars are our local well kept secret. This is where we take our families to hang out and relax on our days off. This is the perk of our island lifestyle. Now we want to share this experience with you.

Turquoise shallow waters, epic picture worthy sights all around you that look like a postcard - that is what you're signing up for!