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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
+1 305-809-4750
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The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, two national parks, and four national wildlife refuges. Check out the exhibit on Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory, the Living Reef exhibit, which includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, the live Reef Cam, and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. The Center is located in NOAA’s Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex on the Truman Annex waterfront in Key West. Admission is always free (and so is parking), so be sure to stop by for a visit!
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35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
+1 305-809-4750
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

nice setup to let people lean the eco system in FL and FL Keys. I suggest that you stop by this place first before you go for any kind of kayak, canoe, snorkeling or scuba diving trip. it gives you the knowledge of what to...More

1  Thank Steve H
Reviewed 26 October 2015

My wife and I visited here and learned a lot about the habitat of the area. Of special interest was learning how they are trying to regrow coral and recreate the reefs. Great stuff here for the whole family. A nice break for the otherwise...More

Thank DanielsTrainingServ
Reviewed 24 October 2015

We decided to visit this after picking up a brochure and noticing that it is free. Much to my surprise, it is a National Park Center - a short movie starts the building. Very informative on the way reefs are built and how the water...More

Thank lynn10749
Reviewed 23 October 2015

The modern museum has different exhibits focusing on sea life. It contains some small aquariums and they show a film in their theater.

Thank honestrealreviews
Reviewed 21 October 2015 via mobile

Indoors and perfect for a rainy afternoon. Is located right next to the entrance to Fort Taylor so it makes a great back-up plan if you need some time to refresh in an air conditioned building in the summer heat. Only takes a couple of...More

Thank ThomasTea_1979
Reviewed 18 October 2015

this is free and a good place to visit just to get out of the heat. you learn about sea life in the keys

Thank suzie j
Reviewed 17 October 2015

I think maybe if you've never had much exposure to saltwater fish tanks, and if you know little about marine ecosystems, this might be right up your alley. I fall into neither category so wasn't very impressed. As others have mentioned, there are just displays...More

1  Thank amieingeorgia
Reviewed 16 October 2015

tucked away in a quiet location, seek it out and enjoy yourself for free. Small but takes time to take it all in.

Thank WallandTNgal
Reviewed 11 October 2015

In between Fort Zachary and the USS Ingram. Admission is free and nicely airconditioned. Good range of exhibits about the ecosystem of the Keys without being overly preachy. Excellent 20 minutes film in the comfortable theatre. Kids would love this place.

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 6 October 2015

Friendly staff and volunteers point out all the exhibits and teach you about the coral reef. They do take donations to keep the museum open. Complete with an aquarium and movie about the coral reef. The gift shop is reasonably priced. Parking is free and...More

Thank Susan W
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19 October 2015|
Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
This is an educational visitor center for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary doesn't operate a hotel, but you can come to learn about the marine environment and maritime heritage of the Keys!