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Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center

35 East Quay Road, Key West, Florida 33040 USA

Closed Now
Opens Wed 9a
  • Independent
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  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Wifi
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“interactive and dynamic exhibits”

Enter the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and take a journey into the world of the native plants and animals of the Keys, both on land and underwater. Leave with an increased awareness and appreciation of the need to protect and conserve the ecosystem of South Florida.The Center features over 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory. Once inside, you can explore exhibits interpreting the ecology of Keys' habitats, from the upland pinelands through the hardwood hammock and beach dune. From there, you’ll travel down to the mangrove shoreline, where you can enter the sea to learn about the seagrass flats, hardbottom, coral reef, and deep-shelf communities. Stop in to the Center’s theater to catch “Reflections of the Florida Keys,” a short film on the diverse ecosystem of the Florida Keys by renowned filmmaker Bob Talbot. Designated on November 16, 1990, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas that make up the National Marine Sanctuary System. Administered by NOAA, a federal agency, and jointly managed with the State of Florida, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary protects 2,900 square nautical miles of waters surrounding the Florida Keys, from south of Miami westward to encompass the Dry Tortugas, excluding Dry Tortugas National Park.

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Reviewed by
dianareyno

  • 8 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
March 18, 2016
Rated 5.0

This free museum is small but packed full of good stuff. You can easily spend 1 to 1 1/2 hours here going through the exhibits and watching the short movie. My 6 year
old loved it. I recommend it for families with curious kids looking for an engaging activity in the AC. Anyone else interested in the ecology of the Keys will like it too.

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Florida Keys Eco-Discover Center

35 East Quay Road
Key West, Florida
33040 USA

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Closed Now
  • Tue - Sat: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
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