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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Feb 1, 2018
“Nice little museum gave a deeper understanding of the environment of the Keys”
Jun 20, 2017
“Awesome Place to Explore”
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If you're in the waters of the Florida Keys, chances are you are in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys and supports one of the most diverse...more
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Reviewed February 1, 2018

Note that this review covers the small museum located on Key West and not the entire protected areas. A fairly small museum, the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center provides several exhibits showcasing the wildlife of the region, from the various botanical, hydrological, and weather conditions. Sure,...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Michael P
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Encompassing almost 2 million acres (1,792,000 acres or 2,800 square miles), the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary includes most of the Florida Keys and their reefs as well as portions of Florida Bay (it borders the Everglades National Park (see that review) and numerous protected...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed February 28, 2017

I love boating in this area. We always see many sea turtles and, if lucky, manatee. I keep snorkel, mask and fins in the boat so I can jump in to swim with the turtles - keeping my distance. Such a serene place with stunning...More

Date of experience: May 2016
1  Thank kaymcclain3
Reviewed February 4, 2017

We were on a boat and visited Elliot Key and Boca Chita. You can camp on either though they are primative. You can also get there by boat from the park headquarters on the mainland. I think it is worth the trip .

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed August 28, 2016

The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is actually a 2,800 square nautical mile area surrounding the Florida Keys and reaching in to the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Florida Bay. It was established as a sanctuary in 1990. It includes the Florida...More

Date of experience: October 2015
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Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

We stumbled upon this little gem by accident. Once inside we absolutely had a 'whale' of a time! The staff engaged with my children giving them activities to do. There were education films to watch, things to read, things to do and loads to learn....More

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed September 3, 2014

What a great place to sea kayak!!! It's a beautiful pristine wilderness to enjoy with crystal clear water. Shark nursery in the mangroves. Great place for picnicking on many of the islands. Several concessionaires in the area, but Capt. Markus is the best. Great way...More

Date of experience: June 2014
4  Thank LSUTraveller
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Good times! wonderful weather, beautiful attractions. a lot of things to see and a lot of things to do!

Date of experience: February 2014
Thank CaoimhinFox
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We just happened upon this wonderful facility while we were looking for the Fort Zachary State Park. It is a free attraction and is well worth the time to go through this . The short film about the Keys' waterways is beautiful and full of...More

Date of experience: March 2013
5  Thank BalancePoint
Reviewed September 14, 2012

Sail in to your favorite island in the afternoon, and watch the sunset with your friends while sipping on your favorite drink of choice. Wait for the tide to drop and get marooned at a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico for a true experience...More

Date of experience: September 2012
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Arnie67
Florida
More on the Vandenberg in todays paper. (0 Replies)
Keys eager to hear 'pool's open' Experts heed caution on shipwreck that can be fun but fatal By TIMOTHY O'HARA Citizen Staff With its 100-foot-tall towering super structure and 522-foot-long hull, the USS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg was chosen to be the Florida Keys' next artificial reef because it is tall enough to accommodate the most novice of snorkelers and the most advanced of divers. Twenty-four hours after the vessel is sunk -- tentatively scheduled for May 26 to June 1 -- it...More
May 10, 2009|
MurexKen
Sanibel Island, Florida
A Shell Collecting Question (7 Replies)
from an avid shell collector. In a few weeks my family will be spending several weeks in the lower Keys. We will have our own boat and can pretty much go anywhere we want. During the past twenty years we have visited all the reefs from Sombrero to the Marquesas Keys. With the advent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, many of the shallower reefs are no longer available to seashell collectors. Although there are many excellent snorkeling/diving locations where shell collecting is...More
May 21, 2011|
Response fromheyjude22|
Went on a trip to the Dry Tortugas off of Key West. It was illegal to try to bring back any broken coral pieces, even though they were lying on the beach. The real shells are more off of the Gulf near Sanibel & Marco Island. There really isn't any good shelling off the Keys that I know of.
Pjk
Plainsboro, New Jersey
Volunteers Wanted For Beach & Mangrove Cleanup Sunday (0 Replies)
Fury is calling for volunteers for this Sunday for a beach clean-up. "We’re recruiting volunteers to join us this Sunday October 7th, 2012 from 2:30pm to 6:30pm for a Key West beach and mangrove cleanup offshore at Boca Grande inside the National Wildlife Refuge. At Fury, we’re dedicated to sustainable ecotourism and we’re happy to offer this chance to keep the waters that we love so dearly clean and free of pollution. As anyone who’s joined us on our Island Adventure tour knows,...More
October 03, 2012|