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“Not Much Here”

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
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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!
Avon, Ohio
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“Not Much Here”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

There is not much here but it is free and if you are arriving by cruise ship and it is your only chance to see displays describing Southern Florida’s ecosystems, it is probably worth a short visit. However, if you have spent any time at the Everglades or Key Biscayne National Park or Pennakamp Coral Reef State Park, I would not bother with the Eco-Discovery Center as the information and displays at these other locations is much better and more in depth.

Visited April 2012
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“Nice short stop while exploring Key West”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

My husband and I found this while taking the Citi View trolley for the day. It is free to get in and operates from donations. This is nice because most of the KW attractions are over priced. The Discovery center is a great place to learn a little bit about Florida's natural habitats. There is even a theater with some narrated underwater footage. I think that this is a spot for kids and adults. There are some really nicely done exhibits reflecting different types of habitats and some of them are interactive. This is no a huge building and does not take much time out of your day to experience so it is worth stopping by especially when taking a tour that stops right out front. There are also nice bathrooms here and drink machines if you need a break from the hot day.

Visited November 2012
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“A must see in Key West”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Very interesting and informative of ocean life around the Key West waters. It really opens up your eyes of the life in the surrounding oceans. A great place to spend about an hour or so.

Visited September 2012
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Admission is free, so I feel like I shouldn't complain, but the informational video was so dull and irrelevant, I fell asleep. The exhibits were ok, but there are many other more interesting places to see in Key West and its environs.

Visited November 2012
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“Interesting exhibits and a fun learning experience”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

Another very worthwhile and free attraction. Especially enjoyed the coral reef and tropical fish tanks. Be sure to catch the short video, Reflections of the Florida Keys.

Visited November 2012
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