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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

#15 of 177 things to do in Key West Features Animals
35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL 33040-8391
+1 305-809-4750
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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
+1 305-809-4750
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Reviewed 16 July 2015

What a great way to cool down! This is a self touring center with staff on hand if you have any questions. The entire center has interactive touch screens that you can learn all about the plants and animals around you in the Keys. The...More

1  Thank Leslie M
Reviewed 16 July 2015

Always make a stop here on the way to Fort Zachary Beach. A great educational establishment with interactive activities, visual models, a small aquariums, and a documentary theater whose purpose is to reminds one how important it is to take care and be educated about...More

Reviewed 14 July 2015

We needed to spend some time out of the sun before we flew out of KW. We went to the Eco-Discovery Center and spent about an hour looking at the interactive exhibits and watching the movie. I wish we could have stayed longer. Our kids...More

1  Thank elainesfca
Reviewed 13 July 2015

This is a must do for all ages; the information, interactive stations, 3-d experience, stepping into the make shift model of the underwater living/working quarters for the scientists and, the helpful staff willing to supply answers and information. Free entry; donations accepted.

1  Thank ruthg924
Reviewed 12 July 2015

Enjoyable journey around nature in Key West and surrounding areas. Very informative. Worth the walk on a very hot day.

1  Thank BrendaES1949
Reviewed 11 July 2015 via mobile

Not a whole to see here but it is free if you need a little indoor time. The 20 minute film that is played is pretty decent and kept the kids interested.

Thank btg172
Reviewed 11 July 2015

This is a rarity in Key West, my home town! FREE entrance and FREE parking to ANYTHING that is worth seeing! This isn't a huge place, only has a few smaller aquariums and one small-medium one, but it has lots of interesting stuff for the...More

14  Thank USMC_Recon_2003
Reviewed 10 July 2015

We were totally impressed with this place, there is so much to see, from posters, exhibits, displays, films, fish tanks. We spent a good couple of hours here, learnt about how the weather and especially hurricanes has affected the local area, how the locals are...More

Thank mille7
Reviewed 10 July 2015

This is a great place to learn about the florida keys. THe video they show is truly touching. and gives you a new appreciation for the keys

Thank ilykw
Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

This is a nice little aquarium and educational wildlife center. Beautiful fish and a nice place to relax. Donations are accepted but no charge for admission.

Thank Lisa C
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19 October 2015|
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!