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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 28 July 2015 via mobile

Free awesome place to learn about the local area. Beautiful displays and interesting stuff to touch and learn about. Great place for families. Loved and learned more than I knew. Worth a stop.

Thank Helmontana37
Reviewed 24 July 2015

A great bargain (free). Very interesting and great for the kids and adults. Not a lot in Key West is free but the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is pretty interesting and in walking distance of Duval St.

Thank duncan32244
Reviewed 23 July 2015

This museum was free admission, and very well done! Really gives you the full scope of the sea life and nature, the ecology, the history of preserving the sea life and coral reefs. Put this one on your must see places.

Thank Sherry K
Reviewed 22 July 2015

Free entry but they accept donations. Lovely exhibit and totally worth seeing. They have displays of the plants and animals of the Keys. Thee is also a very interesting film and a 3-D film that's awesome. Worth checking out especially since it's free. I think...More

Thank laurmann2000
Reviewed 22 July 2015

Unfortunately got there at the end of the day so just had a little time. It closes at 4 or 4:30. Give yourself 2 hours. So I can just vouch for the video in the auditorium - A+ and the screen that shows 3-D when...More

Thank judytwiga
Reviewed 19 July 2015 via mobile

It was rather small but informational. Would be good for children. I was thinking it was more of an aquarium but it only has pictures and info to read about the scenes.

Thank Barksdale13
Reviewed 17 July 2015 via mobile

Small, high quality collection of interactive exhibits. We especially enjoyed the 3d video diving experience and fish tanks. Be sure to leave a donation to help with reef restoration.

1  Thank revlisad
Reviewed 16 July 2015

What a great way to cool down! This is a self touring center with staff on hand if you have any questions. The entire center has interactive touch screens that you can learn all about the plants and animals around you in the Keys. The...More

1  Thank Leslie M
Reviewed 15 July 2015

Always make a stop here on the way to Fort Zachary Beach. A great educational establishment with interactive activities, visual models, a small aquariums, and a documentary theater whose purpose is to reminds one how important it is to take care and be educated about...More

Reviewed 13 July 2015

We needed to spend some time out of the sun before we flew out of KW. We went to the Eco-Discovery Center and spent about an hour looking at the interactive exhibits and watching the movie. I wish we could have stayed longer. Our kids...More

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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!