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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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What a nice little gem. Eduacational and it’s free! Learned a lot about the local reefs. The... read more

Reviewed 12 May 2018
Tanya B
Learn all about the beauty and science of the Keys.

This is a great place to get a better glimpse into the dynamic ecosystems of the Keys. Neat... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
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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 May 12, 2018

What a nice little gem. Eduacational and it’s free! Learned a lot about the local reefs. The replica of the underwater observatory as well as the short film were nice. Close to the beach and fort. Plenty of parking.

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Reviewed May 10, 2018

This is a great place to get a better glimpse into the dynamic ecosystems of the Keys. Neat exhibits and well informed staff will give you an appreciation of the beauty of the animals and geology of the whole region.

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

The Eco-Discovery Center really is a little gem. It was a good opportunity to learn about the flora and fauna of the Florida Keys. I especially enjoyed the coral exhibit. The center will be overhauled in the near future so be sure to add it...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

This place actually wasn't on my to do list while in Key West. However, since we arrived by cruise ship without a real plan in mind; we just knew we'd stop by Taylor State Park. Once we got off the cruise ship, it was like...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2018

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 April 15, 2018

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 April 15, 2018

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 April 9, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Rebecca C
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

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 March 31, 2018

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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wolfejen
October 18, 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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