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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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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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Nice find

Biking and stopped in, was free, made donation. Very informative, staff helpful. Great educational stop for families too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Narrowsburg, New York

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Narrowsburg, New York
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Biking and stopped in, was free, made donation. Very informative, staff helpful. Great educational stop for families too.

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Took awhile to find this place - it's next to the Ingham Maritime Museum and ship. Was able to bike to this place. A short stay required .Nice educational place for all ages. Some live fish in tanks.

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's free and a must see when in Key West. It describes the life of one woman and her passion for the undersea life of the Keys. Interesting displays and great insight into the life in and around the Keys.

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Sydney, Australia
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

very friendly knowledegable staff. we arrived only an hour prior to closing and could easily have spent another few hours here. kids enjoyed the hands on activities.

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Seekonk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Good place to start, learned a lot about the sea life we saw while snorkeling and it was very kid friendly too.

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Saint Paul, Mn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a pleasant surprise. The outside of the building made us think it was a kids amusement place but the inside was a wonderful surprise. The exhibits were interesting, the film was attractive. A welcome break from the commercial themes of Duval Street.

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Thank bobdonnelly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We headed here to chat to the Dry Tortugas National Park ranger to set us up for the visit the next day. They man a desk at the center and it gives you an opportunity to talk with the ranger extensively about the park. He gave us great tips to prepare us for our visit. As for the center, it... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It had a lot of good and interesting information but it felt like you had to wade through a lot of advertising and public service announcements from state parks to get there. I love learning about how human activity impacts the reef but felt like it was a really dumbed down explanation that didn't even go into a basic level... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After wandering around Key West it was great to stop in and see the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. There are so many interesting ecosystems in and around the Keys and the information was well presented and interesting. The gift Center was great too with very helpful staff!

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Watertown, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice free activity for the whole family! A safe air conditioned building to wander through. Loved the topographical map! It was very interesting. My mom enjoyed the movie.

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