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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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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 4 days ago

We stopped by this non-descript building on our way back from Fort Zachary Taylor and Beach. It's about 1/4 mile from the pay-gate. Very nice exhibits, helpful biologist guides. It has a relief map showing the Keys and sea-floor and points of interest, a diving...More

Thank DonDe35801
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While small, it had nice informative exhibits. We watched a 20 minute film - beautiful scenery and nice story - about the Keys. Read the exhibits - they are very informative about the area. Free!

Thank CarefreeTraveler_7
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were just passing by and decided to pop in because it was free. We didn't have our kids with us so we were pretty much in-and-out. I was hoping for more aquariums but it was decent for what it is.

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take the time to view the movie, featuring a girl who is introduced to mangrove ecosystems as a child, canoeing and snorkeling, and then as she ages moves through and into other near-shore and off-shore ecosystems. Excellent information about various ecosystems, stunning underwater footage, and...More

Thank BKinIthacaNY
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful center to teach everyone about the keys and the ocean. The exhibits and movie really provides great insight of the world below

Thank Koochieloo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kids will have fun in the place while adults can definitely learn quite a bit too about the ecology of Florida.

Thank benjaminschultze
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Of all the times we have come to Key West we have never been to this attraction. It is a great overview of the aquatic ecosystem which surrounds the Keys. It explores the fish, the vegetation, and other marine life and the impact human development...More

Thank ckckckckckck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The 20 minute movie of how enchanted a girl becomes with the sea and sea life gives an extraordinary view of the life under the surface. You understand, in part, what your meals are about and the importance of conservation. Excellent 3-D movie, especially if...More

Thank EricSterling
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We initially hadn’t planned our visit, but stop by on our way to Ft. Zachary Taylor Fort. Being ocean buffs, we enjoyed the facility very much and glad we went. These folks are doing important work and should get more recognition for their efforts.

Thank Kyle_P1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, this place was difficult to find. If you use GPS, it will take you all over the place. If you want to find this place, its off of the end of Southard St. I drove around about 15 minutes before I stopped...More

Thank m4hnidj
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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!