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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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very nice facility, free!

Volunteers available to answer questions, nice theater with 20 minute video on the keys, it's nice... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
KayeDAustin_MN
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Austin, MN
Free, informative exhibit

Great interactive exhibits detailing the different ecosystems of the keys. Very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
HJM394
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Plattsburgh, New York
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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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"free admission"
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"interactive exhibits"
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"minute movie"
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"great place to learn"
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"great exhibits"
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"great movie"
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"coast guard ship"
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"all ages"
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"the reefs"
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"fish"
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"great for kids"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Volunteers available to answer questions, nice theater with 20 minute video on the keys, it's nice to know more about the ecology and history of the area, and it's FREE!

Thank KayeDAustin_MN
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Great interactive exhibits detailing the different ecosystems of the keys. Very friendly and informative staff. We had kids 9 and 11 and they were very engaged with the center's displays.

Thank HJM394
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was on my list and we made it there the morning we left. Stop by, enjoy the stained glass and say a prayer. Very nice.

Thank Lynn C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Free admission, with interactive exhibits that tell the story of the Florida Keys. Beautifully done, great staff. Somewhat difficult to find since it seemed like Southard Street ended at the Truman Annex so we parked outside there and had to walk quite a bit to...More

Thank JulieBWilmingtonNC
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit the center often as it never gets old for my kids to wander around reading all of the info, play in the aquatic station replica, and watch the movie in the theater (their fave.) Best part is that it's free (bring donations to...More

Thank Sunhippie
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This center offers a close up experience with the life under the water. There is a good 20 minute film that allows you to see various fish and plant life. The tanks of fish are interesting and informative. Best of all it is free, you...More

Thank CarolZelda
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of good exhibits and historical information about Key West and its waters, with at least one short movie. A good rainy or chilly day activity.

Thank ForTheUnderdog
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this free centre was clearly set up for school tours - it has interesting and interactive exhibits about the local coral reefs, and very friendly and helpful volunteers

Thank jenniferT8725EE
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff was out-going and friendly. It is an amazing display and very well laid out. Learned much about the eco-systems of the Keys. Very surprising to find multiple governmental groups working together to produce an outstanding attraction,

Thank bssmith73
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Eco Center is small, but very informative. It is free and well worth a visit. There are exhibits and a short movie.

1  Thank mchaffieclan
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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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