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  1. October 3, 2009

    My husband and I took our 2 children (7 &9) here and we all loved it! The movie was amazing. We were there for about an hour. The admission and parking was free and then we went to the beach at Fort Taylor.

    Nancy and William
  2. March 19, 2013

    We come to the “Keys” at least once a year from Pittsbugh ,Pa. I love learning about the eco-system. I think the discovery center is a wonderful way to teach everyone about it . My wife Cindi & I were there Thursday March 7th
    and I met Chris ,the person teaching about coral “fragging” and how to eventually replant captive corals back into the ocean. Keep up the good work & I can’t wait to visit again!
    With people like Mr. Niedermeyer & Martin Moe and others we will make the reefs vibrant once again.

    Dave Matalka

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center

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. Hardwood Hammock Exhibit 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. Colorful marine artwork depicting the deep sea, coral reef and mangrove shoreline decorates the outside wall of the Center and guides the visitor toward the main entrance. The Living Reef Exhibit Once inside, exhibits interpret the ecology of Keys' habitats-from the upland pinelands through the hardwood hammock and beach dune, down to the mangrove shoreline, where the visitor enters the sea to learn about the seagrass flats, hardbottom, coral reef and deep shelf communities. The Mote Marine Laboratory Living Reef exhibit includes a 2,500-gallon reef tank with living corals and tropical fish, a live Reef Cam and other displays that highlight the coral reef environment. Aquarius Exhibit A walk through the Aquarius exhibit offers glimpses of the beautiful marine life at the reef and shows how scientists live beneath the seas during research expeditions. "We expect visitors to come away with a better understanding of the Florida Keys ecosystem and the challenges we face in protecting this environment for future generations," commented CDR Dave Score, Superintendent of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Museum Store An on-site gift shop features fun and unique items such as books, games, and DVDs/videos. Net proceeds from the sale of products are returned to the Center to support educational programs.

  • Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
  • 35 East Quay Road
  • Key West, FL 33040
  • 305-809-4750

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