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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
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+1 305-809-4750

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

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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Educational and air conditioned!

We stopped in here before visiting Fort Zachary Taylor. It was a great little educational place. We learned a lot about how they are working to keep the ocean full of coral and... read more

Reviewed 2 May 2015
Hugo, Minnesota
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Hugo, Minnesota
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Reviewed 2 May 2015

We stopped in here before visiting Fort Zachary Taylor. It was a great little educational place. We learned a lot about how they are working to keep the ocean full of coral and protect what is there.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 28 April 2015

Hidden gem of Key West. The best part is that it is free. Fun place for kids to explore for about an hour or so.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 27 April 2015

The managers of the rental property told us not to miss this attraction. It's just a bike-ride away from any of the rental area of Key West. The facility has an interesting and fun way to explain the eco system of the Keys...the different depth levels of waters and their vegetation and creatures that inhabit those areas. There are a... More 

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Carson City, Nevada
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Reviewed 23 April 2015

We were treated to a mini-marine "science camp" at our resort today. Two wonderful young men from the Eco Discovery center came with a 45-minute presentation. Anthony Salazar was so well-educated and well-spoken on marine life. It was informative and very interesting! He should be a teacher! Kids would love him! Thank you, Anthony and Chris!

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Reviewed 22 April 2015 via mobile

We stopped in to the Discovery Center one afternoon just to pass some time and it turned out to be so much more. There really is a whole lot more to learn about the Keys than food, bars, beaches and bands. By all means if you find the time among all the myriad things to do in Key West, stop... More 

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 April 2015

This has very well designed exhibits, well worth the visit. There is more here than you would expect.

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Nokomis, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2015

A very well done series of interactive exhibits of sea life and estuaries in the Florida keys. Includes an aquarium, many life like displays, a wonderful movie, sea lab section, and a nice gift shop. All this is free with free parking and it's air conditioned.

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Reviewed 16 April 2015

You get to watch a 20 minute film especialy made for the centre. The centre is all about the keys, history of them and what we can do to protect them etc. Very interesting and with a small acquarium. Worth a visit.

Thank SusanBCamberley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 15 April 2015

The Eco-Discovery Center was a nice surprise. It is a very nice building. The 20 minute movie is a must see while visiting the center. It was important to us to have our daughters learn about the natural beauty of the keys, the diversity of the wildlife and the delicate balance between preserving what make the keys so special and... More 

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Hernando, Florida
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Reviewed 14 April 2015

One of the best things to see in Key West and it is free! Of course it is appropriate to give a donation to further the environmental cause. This is especially good for children due to the educational aspect. there is much to learn from a visit to this building. It is a first class attraction run by the Florida... More 

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