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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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 6 days ago

This Center is part of the Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota. It's small, but very nice. They have a model of the underwater lab, Aquarius, showing you how divers stay underwater for a couple weeks at a time to study the habitat. Amazing!

Thank balinesian
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone should see that. Very informatice and educational for all of us. FREE admition too. Great experience.

Thank Puťák P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a nice place to stop, we learned about the island, wildlife, and escaped the sun for an hour.

Thank Little-e96
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A small and surprisingly pleasant and informative center. Admission is free and the air conditioning is a welcome respite. It does a great job of getting you more involved with the natural ecology of southern Florida. Not crowded and doesn't take too much time to...More

Thank ctmksm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to walk through after you visit the Coast Guard cutter ship. Lots of information.

Thank PatWPittsburgh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in here to just cool down from the hot muggy weather before walking to Fort Zachary. It is very air conditioned which is great but also has some great interactive displays explaining the local wildlife, waterlife, and vegetation. They also have a small theater...More

Thank Skylark89
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only spent an hour or so here, but thought it was a great educational experience. The Center includes rooms that feature the various ecosystems found in the Keys. Each one provides information on the physical features as well as the flora and fauna. The...More

Thank FDinger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice, educational stop. It's free and takes about 30mins or less to go through. Nice little stop for anyone of any age.

Thank Tina W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a tourist trap. It is a great spot to learn about the ocean life that surrounds the keys. The displays are excellent and some are interactive. It is probably best for young children, tweens, and adults. Your teenage children will probably not...More

Thank DJA1972
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a great way to find out about the eco system in the Florida Keys. My 15, 12 and 9 year old enjoyed it.

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18 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!