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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Address: 35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-809-4750
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Ranked #16 of 94 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, which...
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Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks
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!

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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Learned a lot about the ecosystems of key west. Useful when we went snorkeling and kayaking in the mangroves.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Lots of hands on exhibits here to raise your awareness and understanding of the Florida Keys. Liked the 3D movie of aquatic life. The Ranger working there was very helpful. Make the time and trip - its worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We stopped here because we had a few hours to kill before catching our flight home and the place has lots of free parking. It was a great stop! There are lots of interactive exhibits and we learned alot about the environment and many of the issues communities deal with in trying to balance growth and natural preservation. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We spent about 2 hours walking around the discovery center and sat through all of the films which were very informative. It helped drive home how fragile the undersea life is and what we can do to improve and how we also damage this eco system. Very Informative, this is a great site for students

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Great place to bring the kids to learn about the ecosystem in the Florida Keys. Also, free and Air Conditioned.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

This is a nice museum with plenty of parking outside and great AC. The heat of Key West is wonderful but it's also a blessing to be able to come into a nice museum that has AC and you can spend some time learning about the ecosystem of Key West. Plus no charge for admission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

It's free (make a donation if you feel inclined) - and has free parking and great displays about the reef and ocean. Very worthwhile. Not much in Key West is free ... and even less is worthwhile. Enjoy!

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Washington Court House, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is a must see for anyone visiting Key West, especially if you have children. There is much to see and learn on a visit here and perhaps one of the best things is it's free. Donations are accepted and welcome. It is located behind Truman Annex and on the way to Ft. Zach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 via mobile

Excellent educational exhibits. Lots of people available to answer questions. Various types of media and visuals. The aquariums and videos were very informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Upon our arrival we were met by a friendly and very knowledgeable gentleman who provided us with an overview of the Centre. Thereafter, we saw a fabulous video, well worth watching and subsequently took the tour. It is not big and 1-2 hours will suffice. Most enjoyable visit and highly recommended.

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