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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 #14 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Aquariums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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, Aquariums, Specialty Museums, 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 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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Sarasota
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47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Beautiful film, exhibits and fish tanks. Friendly informative volunteer staff. Enough facts to understand the value of the ecological are and its threats.

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Wayne, MI
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188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This attraction is free. You learn about Florida Keys with interactive exhibits and displays. The HD movie, Reflections, is excellent. You see the Keys through the eyes of a young adventurer.

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Tucson
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70 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

We've been to Key West several times, but this was the first time we've been to the Eco-Discovery Center. We really found it by accident as we were biking through the Truman Annex and out into Fort Zachary Taylor. We got the impression that the Center is relatively new, but what a great find! The natural history of the Florida... More 

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Cape Breton Island, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Free admission -donations (which we made, plus we have a reef tag on our car ). Very nice displays, with clean surroundings

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The Eco Discovery Center is an impressive FREE attraction. Where most museums/attractions on the island run from $15 and up, this is a great place to go for a break from the action on Duval. We were greeted upon the doorway and directed to a short video in a fabulous theater. The guide was happy to show us around and... More 

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Atlanta
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34 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Eco-Discovery Center located at the 3rd stop of the CityView Trolley Tour. It's free (donations accepted). Eco-Discovery Center was OK, but nothing special, in my opinion. They provided lots of educational written materials, their aquarium tanks are small, thus I am not sure that it will be very interesting for small kids. We watched short movie about eco system and... More 

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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Take your time and walk on through..the kids and you will enjoy it, lots to learn and see..I have been a couple times with family and wife, a nice place to see....

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We found it very interesting and learned a great deal about the Florida Eco system. There are information boards and touch screens that provide information along the way. There is also a small aquarium area and 3D movie area. As adults, we enjoyed the educational part of it. I'm not sure that children would be entertained. Hint: make sure you... More 

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Bad Kreuznach, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We found this place by accident and just walked in. The museum is not such big, but as soon as we stepped in a Volunteer came Up and asked if we Need help. We got a Full Description and learned a lot about the Keys and the Everglades. We enjoyed it a lot.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

While this museum was smaller than we expected and easily explored in an hour or so, the material was very well presented and extremely informative. The movie was excellent and there was a friendly Park Service employee on hand to answer any questions about the displays. Our girls aged 9 and 11 really enjoyed the museum and we felt this... More 

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