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Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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 9 September 2015

They teach you about the importance of the eco system and the marine life, but there is no one to do it, no guide, only signs and buttons to press.

Thank Juan V
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We've been visiting Key West once a year since 1997, but this was the first time we discovered this gem. To being with, it's free to visit with free parking (a rarity on the island)! What a fascinating place. We spent over an hour there...More

Thank VHixon52
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Nice place to cool off and learn about the eco system. It's free and you can learn a lot if this is what you are interested in.

Thank MelBay
Reviewed 31 August 2015

Interesting walk around this place, friendly knowledgeable staff and it has a cute little gift shop.

Thank Faye W
Reviewed 27 August 2015

It is a little bit out of the way but it is FREE. It is basically a small museum about the local habitats, some very nicely done displays, a couple of small aquarium tanks, and a movie theater with a nice little movie about the...More

1  Thank amelia r
Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

This is an excellent entertaining and informative stop to make while you are in Key West. My teenage daughter loved it! It's not a big place but is great for kids and adults alike. It's free to get in but please make a donation so...More

Thank John S
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This free center is a great way to see the areas underwater around key west. I enjoyed seeing the different reefs and also getting a peek inside the underwater lab housed off Key Largo. It merits a stop

Thank jaismith5
Reviewed 15 August 2015

We enjoyed looking thru this discovery center, some interactive displays. Great way to teach kids about our Florida Keys. Best part, Its FREE

Thank Kelly M
Reviewed 15 August 2015

Cool place to check out what's going on below sea level in the keys. The center has a lot to discover and learn about sea life.

Thank KwKate10
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

We discovered the center quite by accident just driving around and went in. Very interesting displays and exhibits about the ecology of the coral reefs of the Keys. We especially enjoyed the short documentary about a girl, now woman who dives and swims in the...More

Thank Nelda L
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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!