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Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

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Waters Surrounding the Florida Keys, FL 33040
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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 assemblages of underwater plants and animals in North America. Although best known for is coral reefs, the shallow nearshore waters contain interconnecting marine habitats that include fringing mangroves, seagrass meadows, hardbottom regions, patch reefs, and bank reefs. This complex marine ecosystem is the foundation for the tourism and commercial fishing-based economies that are so important to the State of Florida. Visitors to the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary can enjoy recreational activities including diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing in appropriate zones.
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Waters Surrounding the Florida Keys, FL 33040
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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

Thank Michael P
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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

3  Thank angie1966d
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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

1  Thank kaymcclain3
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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 .

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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

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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

1  Thank Estelle B
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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

3  Thank LSUTraveller
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

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

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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

5  Thank BalancePoint
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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

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