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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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Good to do on a hot day.

Good value (donation) and you get to learn a little about the eco system of the Keys. Glad we went, the day was awfully hot, it was a good thing to do on an unusually hot May... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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Boynton Beach, Florida, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Good value (donation) and you get to learn a little about the eco system of the Keys. Glad we went, the day was awfully hot, it was a good thing to do on an unusually hot May day..

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We learned a lot by speaking with the employees It was a great way to spend about an hour. Also go to the coast guard ship that is located within walking distance

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Huntsville, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

One of the highest compliments that you will hear about this facility is that it is free, but is it really? This facility was not built nor was it preserved by volunteers or financial support from individuals like so many of the fine attractions in Key West (e.g. Key West Firehouse Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum). It... More 

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Scottsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was an outstanding little venue to visit. This was right around the corner from where we stayed and was FREE. There were a couple static displays of southern Florida's vegetation and local wildlife. There is also a small, 3D screen showing sea life in action. The most interesting display were the small aquariums featuring several small fish, shrimp, and... More 

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Santa Maria, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Especially if you have kids! But even if you don't... We really enjoyed the Eco-Discovery Center. Educational, beautiful, peaceful and air conditioned! Great on a hot August afternoon. You'll learn a lot about the eco system of the Keys.

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West Allis, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We enjoyed a short visit to the Eco-Discovery Center. We loved that it was free, and the staff were all very courteous and knowledgeable.

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Pelham Manor, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This is a not so big discovery center where you can learn a lot about the local sea creatures and vegetation. They have a lovely 20 minute movie that is worth watching. Many Saturday mornings they have a program for kids and we went with a 7 year old to a program on sea turtles that was engaging and fun.... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A bit out of the way so a hot walk and then not much to see. Almost all exhibits are boards to read so you might want to save the time and read about the Keys environment online. If you do go, the underwater film is a must see. It almost made the visit worth it.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

First it was free they just asked for donations. It had quite a few exhibits, live aquatic creatures. Some that was poisonous, others that was beautiful. They had a short film that was so soothing and is a must see. The employees was very cordial and nice.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

what a great place this was, off the beaten path but very educational. excellent place to also cool off while learning about the underwater world.

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