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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
+1 305-809-4750
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A Hidden Jewel

Although not highly publicized, this little museum is well worth the time to seek it out and unlike... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2018
jyates34
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Paducah, Kentucky
Don't waste your time

This has very little of offer...nice building but few exhibits and not much to engage the guests... read more

Reviewed 28 March 2018
jasonandrewsfla
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Orlando, Florida
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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!
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35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Although not highly publicized, this little museum is well worth the time to seek it out and unlike so many attractions in Key West, it's free! We discovered it while on a long walk from the Duval St. & Mallory Square entertainment areas toward the...More

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

This has very little of offer...nice building but few exhibits and not much to engage the guests. Even though it's free, I would not waste the time unless you have very small children.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

This is an awesome fun and interesting exhibit. It is also free to visit and donations are welcome. Staff is nice, you can ask questions. Despite this being a small facility if you really take your time to read all the information, you’ll end up...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

This is a great place to visit with kids. It really doesn't take more than 30 minutes or so to see most of the key exhibits. It's a great place to ask questions. I like their 3d movie that shows what diving in the Keys...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Some new displays since our last visit. They do a great job of explaining the importance of the local ecosystem. Learn something new every stop.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

A great place for people of all ages to learn about the Florida Keys and the important waters that surround it. At the time of my visit it was free to enter which would be great for a family with kids. Plenty to learn and...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

This is a great place to learn about the Keys environment and the impact that we are having on it.also tell what we are trying to do to lesson the impact.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

We had been on the nearby Coast Guard U.S.C.G.C. Ingham and saw the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center which is in the Dr. Nancy Foster Florida Keys Environmental Complex and thought that we would check it out. We found that the Eco-Discovery Center was free which...More

Thank Allen21096
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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We hadn't even been too aware of the Center for the last few years until the City constructed the Truman Annex Amphitheater and improved the walk to the Park. The Center is operated under a partnership of various agencies. It's free and informative and worth...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

My husband and I rented biked and decided to ride out here since we never get this far when we are just walking. So glad we did! This place is pretty interesting! You can take as much or as little time as you want and...More

Thank Laura P
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wolfejen
19 October 2015|
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Response from NOAA-ONMS | Property representative |
This is an educational visitor center for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. The sanctuary doesn't operate a hotel, but you can come to learn about the marine environment and maritime heritage of the Keys!
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