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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 83 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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Arundel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a 1-2 hour visit if you are in Key West. It's not big but very informative. There's a small cinema that shows a 20 minute film that I enjoyed. It's not the most mind blowing place to visit but I found it very interesting and when it's free you can't grumble!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

We went there after our tour on the coast guard ship museum USS Ingham. It is full air conditioned which is a plus after the temperatures on and in the ship. Very interesting for smaller kids. Our son was not so impressed as we saw a lot of the animals and corals during our snorkeling tour with Floridays. But this... More

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New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We stopped by on a bike ride. We weren't expecting much, but we were very surprised. The exhibits are well-designed and the staff was very knowledgeable. Plus, it's free! A great place for families, too.

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Dallas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
26 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a welcome break from the heat, and a gat place to learn about the ecosystems of Key West. They have one room with displays showing the different land habitats, and one explaining water habitats. There are a lot of interactive digital media which kids like. The video is also interesting and plays every 30 minutes. There are a... More

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Eastern Shore, AL
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was a perfect little spot for the kids to learn about the local eco system on their level. It was hands on so it kept them occupied for quite some time. Please consider watching the movie also, it was very informative. The best thing of all, it was free.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This was a great educational exhibit to take the kids to cool off after a day at Ft. Zach. I enjoyed my self as well. It's free(the only thing in KW I've found). Well worth a quick visit.

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Denham Springs, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Neat place, but not a lot to see. Wouldn't make the trip back, but it was nice to see. However the air conditioning was nice on a hot day

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Forney, Texas
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21 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Good place to see the Eco systems in area and it was free only donations if wanting to give in drop box. Was quick stop and there was a quick video to watch was neat to see as a quick stop especially if you go to cutter museum as it is next door

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

It was a nice place to cool off when outside was so humid. A little place to learn about the ecosystem.

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Big Pine Key, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Place is clean, friendly staff, lots to see, interactive displays, and a nice short film. Bathrooms are spotless.

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