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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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A Place of Discovery

Geocaching brought us here, the center's displays and exhibits kept us here for some time. It is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NahanniRafter
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Oak Harbor, Washington
Just right!

There are some places that are too tiny to give you much, and there are others that are so big you... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HowlnBubba
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Key Largo, Florida
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Geocaching brought us here, the center's displays and exhibits kept us here for some time. It is a truly wonderful place. It is educational, entertaining, and thought provoking. There is a view any cruise ships docked at the Navy Pier. It is also conveniently close...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are some places that are too tiny to give you much, and there are others that are so big you get bored. This place is just right! With a good lay-out and displays that are informative and entertaining, You are educated almost without realizing...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is small and very clean. It has interesting information and little exhibits. Our kids are older (teenagers) and went through pretty quickly, but they liked the stop there. The volunteers who work here at very helpful. If you have questions about Key West...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fun quick stop along our bike ride to learn more about the keys. A free visit, AC, and clean bathrooms.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very manageable exhibit located in the Truman Anex area. It is worth visiting to better understand the formation of the Florida Keys, reefs, etc. The 20 minute movie and the 5 minute 3D movie is a must. Donations are accepted in lieu...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although not highly publicized, this little museum is well worth the time to seek it out and unlike so many attractions in Key West, it's free! We discovered it while on a long walk from the Duval St. & Mallory Square entertainment areas toward the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This has very little of offer...nice building but few exhibits and not much to engage the guests. Even though it's free, I would not waste the time unless you have very small children.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an awesome fun and interesting exhibit. It is also free to visit and donations are welcome. Staff is nice, you can ask questions. Despite this being a small facility if you really take your time to read all the information, you’ll end up...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

This is a great place to visit with kids. It really doesn't take more than 30 minutes or so to see most of the key exhibits. It's a great place to ask questions. I like their 3d movie that shows what diving in the Keys...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

Some new displays since our last visit. They do a great job of explaining the importance of the local ecosystem. Learn something new every stop.

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wolfejen
18 October 2015|
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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!
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