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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-809-4750
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Ranked #18 of 84 attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Aquariums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums
Owner description: The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which interpret the resources and management efforts of Florida... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed this location. Someone had come to our hotel (Hyatt Beach House) to share information with the kids. We went to the location and had a great time. They have a 15-20 minute movie that was fun to watch and lots of things to look and learn. I would recommend this to anyone in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is one of those places to go and get out of the heat or rain. It is not very big, nor is it chalked full of gift shops like other posts say. There is one small gift shop that helps support the center. The kids like it because there are some hands on activities and a short film. The... More

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Smithville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This place was just a hot mess of souvenir shops. Nothing special but also nothing terrible. I think having a museum (other than the commercially ghost pirate thing) would improve it.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

This is a fabulous exhibit about the eco systems of the Keys. Unheralded and unadvertised, what a shame, it was fabulous. Great for the kids to understand how the eco-systems work. I would rate this a don't miss and it's FREEE!!!

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

We stopped by after visiting the coast guard ship, great idea as it it nice and cool after that hot ship tour. It is very clean and has a lot of interesting and interactive exhibits, several reef tanks and a nice movie about the reefs in the theater. It is free but they accept donations so take a few dollars.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Not known by a lot of folks…bc is not on Duval (hint: anything worth seeing is not on Duval). Is fairly new and really well done nature interpretive center which describes all the habitats and animals of the Florida Keys. Mote Marine Lab has teamed with them to also include live coral exhibits which are really well done. Coolest bit... More

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Milford, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We were in the Keys visiting family & spent a couple of days in Key West. The town is a little too touristy for my taste, but we really enjoyed this spot. Very informative and fun. I think we spent about an hour and that was just about right. Might have stayed a little longer if we weren't on a... More

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

We stopped here before doing a kayak eco tour. Very interactive. The fam liked it because it's free! Also it's on the way to the beach. Worth a stop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This place isn't too far from downtown. It's free, air conditioned, interesting and the kids (and adults) loved it. Need I say more? Did I mention it's free? Very nice and interactive exhibits too. Free movies including a 3rd one as well. Don't pass this up especially if you have kids.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

We stumbled upon this out walking one day. We actually went in to cool off since its free and air conditioned but actually spent a lot of time in there looking at displays and seeing a movie on the mangroves and how wildlife live in Key West.

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