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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 2 days ago

dont waste your time this place is boring and not interesting at all no wonder its free i wouldnt pay to go here cool for kids i guess

Thank pitbull18784
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good thing this was free because I would have been upset to have paid to get in. If you need something to do on a rainy day ok, but otherwise don't waste a beautiful day at Key West to see this. So much other stuff...More

Thank Jessica R
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to spend the day with the kids or just adults. Especially nice activity to indulge in on a rainy day.

Thank Sangitag103162
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this place by accident while geocaching in the area. Lots of good information and interactive displays. and it is free admission. so glad we stopped to explore.

Thank Kimberly D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ranger on duty was great to talk to, very friendly and knowledgeable. Overall, it was cute but very small. Didn't cost anything to get in so still worth a look.

Thank candacewallace2017
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

This was a small but very informative museum. I really liked the video and the exhibit on how a coral reef is formed. The price-free admission-was a plus!

Thank Beth V
Reviewed 2 September 2017

We spent a while here reading the exhibits and wandering around. The children loved reading all about the animals and marine life. They particularly loved the movie which is a must see and they also loved the aquarium. Although it is free to enter i...More

1  Thank abbey-7
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We have been to the keys many times and have never visited this site. This is free and will make your whole trip more enjoyable. Don't miss the movie.

1  Thank seacox
Reviewed 23 August 2017

We love all things nature so enjoyed this place very much. We learned a lot about the ecosystems around the Keys. It was modern and clean and a very nice side trip.

1  Thank nancyed2015
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The family and I were just driving around when we discovered this place. It has lots of free parking. Admission is free. There are various displays to see and aquariums with fish in the. Parts of the museum were closed off entirely or under renovation?...More

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19 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!