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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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Very educational!

This is a nice, free, air conditioned place to cool off with the kids after or before going to the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Javier P
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Bonita Springs, Florida
Great Primer on Keys Ecosystem!

We toured the center earlier this week and found it to be very informative on the wildlife in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JenMurphy551
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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 4 days ago

This is a nice, free, air conditioned place to cool off with the kids after or before going to the beach at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Cool exhibits and a great movie in the little theater.

Thank Javier P
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured the center earlier this week and found it to be very informative on the wildlife in the area. I particularly enjoyed learning about the currents, mangroves and coral. The fish were neat too, particularly the lionfish!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Eco-Discovery Center in Key West is located just outside Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. You could easily spend a whole day visiting this part of KW. There are many exhibits about fish, reefs and other natural wonders of the area. Kids can become a...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No entrance charge. We popped in here after walking back from Fort Zachary Taylor. There are some interesting exhibits and points made. However it seemed rather dated and rather dull. I thought it was going to be more than it actually was. It’s really important...More

Thank Sean C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a small museum, but full of great exhibits. There is a short film about the Keys as well that was good. Neat exhibit on the Aquarius and a overview 3D video of the keys in general.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We checked it out today and was really surprised . We ran out of time but will be back. This is perfect for families and could easily take 2 hours to see all.

Thank 2KeyWestLovers
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the eco center with teenagers not knowing if it was something they would enjoy. We are very glad we made the stop anf even our hard to please teens enjoyed the visit. Interactive exhibits and very interesting information on the area and ecosystem...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family of three spent about an hour or so here on a Saturday and enjoyed it. The exhibits are interactive and informative, and we enjoyed the aquarium space and the information about the underseas lab.

Thank ascwing
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's ok if you have little kids, but there isn't much to see. It's free and has clean bathrooms, but the exhibits and film are just ok.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Eco-Discovery Center was a great little surprise after our walk on the beach at the park. It was very interesting and informative. The volunteers could not have been nicer! We would highly recommend it!

Thank Nicole W
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wolfejen
19 October 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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