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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 2 weeks ago

On a hot day walking to Ft Zachary we stumbled upon this place. Thank goodness we saw a sign on the front that said free so we went in. There was a host who told us about what the place offered so we decided to...More

2  Thank MsCleen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a small place but very informative. It has nice exhibits and it is FREE! Allow yourselves 2 hours and enjoy all it has to offer. My kids enjoyed it and it was fun!

1  Thank kobi s
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are so many intricate details to the Florida ecosystems that many people don't get to learn in the classroom that we learned through this exhibit. My boyfriend and I loved interacting with map that is right in front of the info/security desk. After reading...More

1  Thank Emily K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great stop on the way to or from Fort Taylor. Florida Keys ecosystems are pretty spectacular and are well displayed here. Best part is the film "Reflections of the Florida Keys". Most folks learn best when they don't know they're learning. Just put on the...More

1  Thank FlaHarlock
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to spend a couple of hours. Lots to see and they have a theater with shows to watch and a nice little gift shop, too

1  Thank Isabel R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Provides a colorful and instructive introduction to Florida Keys marine life, from nearshore to the reef. The short film that runs continuously is beautiful.... especially the real-life mermaid free-diver featured in the film.

1  Thank James H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a free admission place that is full of interesting things to see and learn about the coastal waters of Key West. It's not very big so it's good to combine with brunch nearby and a visit to the coast guard ship nearby as...More

1  Thank stevesK1763SL
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We found out about this attraction almost by chance and, since we've done about everything else we really cared to in Key West, decided to check it out. We spent over 2 hours here and found it to be really fascinating. The information about the...More

1  Thank cem44
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

This place was good for learning about the Keys ecosystem, but DO NOT expect big aquariums with lots of fish and marine life to look at/ interact with. 97% of this place is only pictures of wildlife and the corresponding info on display next to...More

1  Thank Tanya b
Reviewed 13 May 2017

The Eco-Discovery Center is a great stop on your way to Fort Zachery State Park. Through a short movie, a 3-D video, and numerous exhibits you are taken under the sea and experience the many life forms that inhabit the coral reefs. Made us want...More

1  Thank 3wishes2017
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Hello, is this hotel kid friendly? I'm traveling with my husband and 13 year old son. Thx :)
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!