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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 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a small but very informative museum. I really liked the video and the exhibit on how a coral reef is formed. The price-free admission-was a plus!

Thank Beth V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a while here reading the exhibits and wandering around. The children loved reading all about the animals and marine life. They particularly loved the movie which is a must see and they also loved the aquarium. Although it is free to enter i...More

Thank abbey-7
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been to the keys many times and have never visited this site. This is free and will make your whole trip more enjoyable. Don't miss the movie.

Thank seacox
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love all things nature so enjoyed this place very much. We learned a lot about the ecosystems around the Keys. It was modern and clean and a very nice side trip.

Thank nancyed2015
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The family and I were just driving around when we discovered this place. It has lots of free parking. Admission is free. There are various displays to see and aquariums with fish in the. Parts of the museum were closed off entirely or under renovation?...More

Reviewed 19 August 2017

Wonderful movie showing the area mangroves and sea life! Some of the exhibits are currently being updated/refurbished but still offer good information.

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We stumbled on the facility on our way back from the beach. It was interesting and there were a lot of different coral exhibits. I enjoyed the beach display.

Thank Dawn F
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

The Eco Discovery center is a terrific place to spend a couple of hours, especially for school-aged children. Many exhibits are interactive and informative. There is a nice 20 minute movie about the different water environments of Florida.

Thank Cathy H
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Kind of out of the way, lots of road construction going on around it. Took about 20 min to fully tour. No admission fee

Thank bellatheball
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We were looking for a place to cool off and we got more than we asked for here. This place was such a great educational place to learn all about the sea life in and around the Florida Keys, it gives you the chance to...More

Thank XploitLife
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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!