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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
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+1 305-809-4750

The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of...

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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We were walking towards the beach when we spotted the discovery center. First of all it is free, small (just an hour or so is sufficient), and well set up. You can learn all you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 June 2015
Chris C
Seoul, South Korea
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Seoul, South Korea
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

We were walking towards the beach when we spotted the discovery center. First of all it is free, small (just an hour or so is sufficient), and well set up. You can learn all you need to know about the environment in the area and definitely stay for the short film. While it is free, we left a donation because... More 

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Summerland Key, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

Loved the movie, great exhibits & history of the Florida Keys! Free & good pace to spend a few hours! Plenty of free parking & right next to it is Fort Zachary Taylor ( an old Civil War Fort) & great beach that is un crowded.

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Palm Harbor Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2015

A well thought out group of exhibits that explain the diverse environment of the Florida Keys. Entertaining and educational at the same time. A good place to learn about the natural environment that surrounds the commercial entertainment of Florida and the Keys. A wonderful place to spend quality time with the next generation! Dont miss the Mote Marine Centers aquariums... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

You want to get out of the sun and heat for an hour, take the kids to this hidden gem. The staff, or at least the nice young man who allowed our boys to ask a hundred and one questions, was awesome answering every question, sometimes twice. So knowledgeable and patient. I wish I had got his name, brunette cutie... More 

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Key Largo, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2015

It may not look like much on the outside. Just a big rectangular building by the water before you head into Fort Zach. I have lived in the Keys for 14 Years and this is the first time I have viewed their exhibits. Don't miss the movie they show. I saw all this before going to snorkel and the movie... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2015

The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center offers a great opportunity to learn about the ecology of the Florida Keys. Worth a visit.

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015 via mobile

The discovery center was a nice air conditioned break. Good educational exhibits, a couple of nice aquariums, and a nice gift shop. Bought two really cute board books for our 18 mo daughter.

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Summerland Key, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

It seems a lot of people don't know where this is. I would make the effort to find it. A great nature educational experience plus it is free with free parking. Don't find that in Key West much anymore.

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2015

Interesting place with lots of unique exhibits. Nice section on the coral that protects the Keys and how we all can help it survive. Another section on the birds that pass through and some that live in the keys.

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Silver Spring
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

Excellent displays of all the coastal terrains and wildlife. Film is very good. Helped us to be able to spot nesting sites of sea turtles. Nice aquariums. Clean, cool, and free! Parking is free too. This should definitely be on your list if visiting with children.

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