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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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Address: 35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
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Description: 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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Experience a different side of Key West: Learn about its natural environment

This center is only a short distance from the heart of Key West's tourist distract, but it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the keys natural environment. The exhibits... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Daytona Beach
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Daytona Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This center is only a short distance from the heart of Key West's tourist distract, but it provides a unique opportunity to learn about the keys natural environment. The exhibits and movies are excellent. If you are interested in nature, this is a must see attraction. PS: Not only is this attraction free, but it's air conditioned, too.

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wash dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

this is a free place to get oriented about the area. i always love going to nature centers to get a read on the geology, ecology etc. nice place , next to the beach

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We went on an 'overcast day' in Key West (which are very few :)). The information we received was outstanding, the 3-D movie was enjoyed by all, and the 20' movie about the Keys was beautiful....and it's FREE!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Add this to your list! Exhibits and a beautiful movie of the natural history of the islands add to an overall appreciation of the Keys. Nice gift shop. I've been at least 6 times. Good stop for families with kids out of strollers. Ask if they still have picnic tables. Pack lunch/carryout to be enjoyed outdoors. Vending machines for cold... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Makes a great stop with Fort Zachary taylor state park. Nice exhibits on the Florida keys Eco systems with some nice small aquarium exhibits.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This center is well done and explains the coral reefs and marine wildlife. There is a great film that you should watch that features the woman who is the US deep dive champion. The exhibits and space is very well done. Worth the visit. Near the fort.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Added a nice break in our schedule while heading to the south most beach. Provided more insight to the area.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Well worth a visit if you want to learn about the Keys ecosystems. Nice 2D and 3D movies. Some hands on activities.

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Probably one of the best introduction to Keys waters and sea life. Great for education your kids and yourself

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

A good place to learn about the ecology of the area. The short movie is mostly for kids. Unfortunately, we came late and missed the tour, which others said was good.

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