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“Amazing & Free Too!”

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour
Ranked #15 of 175 things to do in Key West
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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!
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Amazing & Free Too!”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

Tucked out-of-the-way along the waterfront near the Coast Guard cutter US Ingham, is this Gem of an exhibit. Not large by mainland standards, but comprehensive & focused on the Keys -- it is well worth the visit. Do watch the movie! Inspiring, learning, and just plain enjoyable! Appreciation and respect for the eco-system and all living creatures who are its inhabitants comes through in a wonderful way. Made me happy and feel at peace with the waters surrounding the Keys and the amazing life forms which are its true and original inhabitants. Please visit and enjoy! (and can you believe -- Free? -- would that all US governments would do the same for worthwhile services to citizens!)

Visited July 2013
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Ocala, Florida, USA
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“It was ok”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

I thought it would be more "hands on". They have a couple of aquariums and a lot of info. The movie was nice. It is a free adventure, however donations are welcome. The gift shop is expensive, but since the money goes to a wonderful cause, we spent the money. I am glad we went.

Visited July 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“I Did Not Know”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

Great place to educate yourself on this Eco-Center and how it works for the Keys and it's co-existence with life today! Very nice stop out by the Waterfront by the navyships and the the little white house and nice sunset views!!!!!!

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Great spot, free admission!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We took a walk down to the Zachary Taylor beach, and on our way back, we realized it was WAY too hot and sunny to walk all the way back. On the edge of the park, there's the Eco-Discovery Center, so we stopped in to get a break from the heat. It's wonderfully air conditioned and free, but even more, it's a cool place! They set up a bunch of mini exhibits to show you what different sections of the Keys' eco-system looks like and the reefs at different depths. They have a recreation of a deep sea vessel, video of the researchers under water, little quizzes throughout to test your knowledge, and actual coral reefs and fish in a "natural" habit. It's not extensive like an aquarium, but then again, it's free with donations welcome. They also have signs where they ask you to look out for certain issues in the water when you're snorkeling and report back to them what you see, to help with their research, so it's a great way to get the community informed and involved in helping to save the ecosystem. Definitely a must see!

Visited July 2013
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Well presented Eco view of Florida and the keys”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

The way they present the ecological importance of the area is very god and is aimed at both adults and children

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