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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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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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Nice place for an afternoon visit to learn about the ecology of the Keys. Nice introductory movie. Well organized and interesting displays. Easy to follow self-tour. Great with or... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place for an afternoon visit to learn about the ecology of the Keys. Nice introductory movie. Well organized and interesting displays. Easy to follow self-tour. Great with or without kids. Not too large, so you can see the entire place in 45 minutes or less. Nice A/C on a hot day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was recommended to us when we stopped at the Key Deer Refuge. It wasn't easy to find with the construction at the marina and preparations for a boat race but we managed to get back there. It was very informative and well laid out. Only takes about 1-2 hours to see it all.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lovely staff that were very welcoming from the mi ute we walked in. It's obvious they are so proud of their centre and island. Definitely worth a look

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Torrance, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Off the beaten path and easy to miss, this is a little tourist gem in this island paradise. Its not a really big attraction, several aquariums and interactive displays. But the highlight of the visit is a short, 20 minute film developed by the Florida Park Services that follows a woman's adventure from growing up in the Keys exploring the... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little nature center with lots of information about coral reefs and their importance, especially near Key West and in the Caribbean. While we were there, a grad student was on staff and answered our many questions. We discovered that she was working on a the coral reef regeneration project highlighted in the center's exhibits. There weren't many people there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is educational and interesting. It's a small exhibit with bid ambitions. The examples are easy for all to see and learn.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I think this is one of the must visit places of Key West, especially if you're interested in marine life. So much information and interesting displays, as well as park rangers to ask any questions. Family friendly place.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an indoor, interactive exhibit showing the many types of eco-systems in the Keys. A short film is very well done and should not be missed. Excellent learning opportunity and would be a good rainy day activity as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This indoor center has displays on marine and plant life in the keys, and an excellent 18 minute movie about same.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this beautiful little museum with a lively six year old, who loved pushing buttons at the 3-D map of the Keys to light up the locations of shipwrecks, currents and reefs. Painlessly educational! Another highlight was a diorama of the forest terrain where we could spot hidden birds and other creatures. The life-size model of Aquarius, the submarine... More 

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