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“Kind of boring, but free” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
35 East Quay Road, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-809-4750
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Ranked #20 of 187 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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!
Issaquah, Washington
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“Kind of boring, but free”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

The aquariums are neat, but there aren't any big fish, just small corals and smaller fish cruising around. It was educational, but you have to read every sign in order to learn and there are lots of signs. Overall, it's free and interesting, but kids (especially young ones) will be bored in minutes.

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“Great option for kids, educational center.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

This is a great place to educate the kids in our fragile ecosystem. It's is a new interactive educational center, with small aquariums, books, and small movie teather. It's good.

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“Free and Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Like any place that is a tourist destination it was nice to find something educational and interesting that didn't cost $15.00 a piece. We biked to Ft. Zachary Taylor and it was nice to walk around in the airconditioning and learn the history of Key West and its ecosystem. I would recommend taking a peek. It does not take long to look around.

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Arlington VA
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“A great introduction to the Florida Keys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

This place is quite interesting, and the price is right...it's free! The volunteer guide made us feel very welcome and explained the layout very well. The location is a little off the beaten track, but very convenient to Ft. Zachary Taylor Park and the Truman Annex. Free parking available.

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“Off the beaten path”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

On our way to Fort Zachary Taylor we happened to pass this attraction. We had not been away of its existence when we set out to visit the fort but it is located just outside the entry gate to the fort. Even though it was the middle of the morning, the Eco Center almost looked closed. However, we went into the center and thought it was mildly interesting but mostly for people with small children.

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