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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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A great, free, educational diversion (and it's air-conditioned, too)!

We've been visiting Key West once a year since 1997, but this was the first time we discovered this gem. To being with, it's free to visit with free parking (a rarity on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We've been visiting Key West once a year since 1997, but this was the first time we discovered this gem. To being with, it's free to visit with free parking (a rarity on the island)! What a fascinating place. We spent over an hour there touring all of the exhibits, and we learned a lot about the native plants and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice place to cool off and learn about the eco system. It's free and you can learn a lot if this is what you are interested in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Interesting walk around this place, friendly knowledgeable staff and it has a cute little gift shop.

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

It is a little bit out of the way but it is FREE. It is basically a small museum about the local habitats, some very nicely done displays, a couple of small aquarium tanks, and a movie theater with a nice little movie about the local habitats. Also a small gift shop (of course). If you have kids and are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This is an excellent entertaining and informative stop to make while you are in Key West. My teenage daughter loved it! It's not a big place but is great for kids and adults alike. It's free to get in but please make a donation so they can continue the awesome work they are doing there.

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Mehlingen, germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This free center is a great way to see the areas underwater around key west. I enjoyed seeing the different reefs and also getting a peek inside the underwater lab housed off Key Largo. It merits a stop

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Wesley Chapel, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We enjoyed looking thru this discovery center, some interactive displays. Great way to teach kids about our Florida Keys. Best part, Its FREE

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Key West, Fl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Cool place to check out what's going on below sea level in the keys. The center has a lot to discover and learn about sea life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We discovered the center quite by accident just driving around and went in. Very interesting displays and exhibits about the ecology of the coral reefs of the Keys. We especially enjoyed the short documentary about a girl, now woman who dives and swims in the waters of the mangroves. Good for all ages and best of all, FREE!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a great place to stop for a visit. Can get through it in under an hour and it's nice and cool inside. There is a lot of interactive stuff, a cool 3-D movie and a nice theater with a 20 minute movie about underwater fish. A nice small gift shop too. Definitely stop by this place for a... More 

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