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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 #19 of 82 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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Lubbock, Texas
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

we went in to cool down after walking the downtown pier area. the a/c felt good. there are many things to look at inside and its all about the reefs and the wetlands. there are some sealife exhibits and other things to do there. its free and the bathrooms are free. its right across the stree from the fort which... More

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Not much is free in Key West and this is a great little gem. Our grandchildren (4 and 9) thoroughly enjoyed exploring the interactive exhibits and the ranger/volunteers were wonderful. They immediately provided the kids with a scavenger hunt card to help guide their visit. The 20 minute video is a child and adult friendly exploration of the keys. Loved... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This is a very interesting place. There is all kinds of information on how the reefs are formed, how they protect the land and how we can help to keep them healthy. We learned a lot. I would recommend this as a place to visit while in Key West. Also, there is a decommissioned Coast Guard ship just next to... More

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Naples, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We really enjoyed reading and learning all about the Keys. The movie about the young girl growing up in the Keys and teaching others to respect her environment were excellent. All the volunteers there were very helpful.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

A nice place to check out with the kids, doesn't take to long to see, the staff is very friendly and and are excited to give more information about anything in the center!

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Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

yes I went to see the many pictures of the way the ocean has changed. they have an exhibit of how key west changed. they show you how the fishing industry and bootlegging actually helped grow this sleepy little seaport into a major financial hub of the early 20's. lots of information on the fish, and also the ocean habitat.... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We love sea life and this is the place to see it. The displays are beautiful and the underwater film is great. The best part---it's totally free. Don't miss it when you are in Key west.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

On a recent trip to Key West we saw the Eco-Discovery Center and decided to check it out. It was well worth our time as we learned so much about the local ecology and preservation efforts taking place. We were scheduled for a snorkeling trip the next day and filled up on information that made our trip out to the... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a really well done center. It is free and extremely kid friendly. Donations are accepted. We went as an adult couple and enjoyed it, but I would say it is a must see place if you are there with small children.

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Santa Barbara, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If you are staying at the Hyatt Windward Pointe, they host a lecture by a Marine Scientist from the Eco-Discovery Center. Don't miss it! Lots of great information about the local sea life presented in a small group setting. This collaboration between a resort and NOAA is a nice thing for the hotel to offer its guests! Thank you!

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