Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center, Key West

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#1 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
Learn about the region's rich ecosystems at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. This natural history museum’s interactive exhibits and multimedia presentations offer educational experiences for visitors of all ages. Above-water and marine exhibits display diverse local environments, from the mangroves and beaches, to the ocean depths. Explore the museum’s replica of the Aquarius undersea laboratory to gain insight into scientific research of marine ecosystems. Don't miss the Living Reef exhibit that displays live coral and tropical fish. The museum is air-conditioned, offering a nice break on hot summer days. Plan your visit to Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Key West trip planner .
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  • September 4, 2017
    This was a small but very informative museum. I really liked the video and the exhibit on how a coral reef is formed. The price-free admission-was a plus!  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    We spent a while here reading the exhibits and wandering around. The children loved reading all about the animals and marine life. They particularly loved the movie which is a must see and they also l...  more »
  • August 27, 2017
    We have been to the keys many times and have never visited this site. This is free and will make your whole trip more enjoyable. Don't miss the movie.  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Great little center that is very informational. You'll learn a lot about the local ecosystem and the animals that inhabit it. Free, so makes a great stop before or after Fort Zachary park. Definitely not only for the kids.
  • June 4, 2017
    We saw this was free and had to stop in. Friendly staff and is pretty great small museum to see while in Key West!
  • November 4, 2016
    Staff and rangers very friendly and informative. Nice place to go especially on a rainy day. Plus it's free. They have educational programs for children which I think would be worth looking into.
  • August 4, 2016
    This is a very informative nature center. We homeschooled in Florida, and studied for a number of state level environmental competitions, and I must say that the information about the ecosystems is spot on. Great movie worth waiting for as well. All free, but donations appreciated. Worth the stop to learn about Florida!
  • July 30, 2016
    One of the best completely free attractions in Key West. They have a lot of good information for non-locals and some nice live marine life exhibits. One of the best things there is the video on Coral Reefs in the Keys.

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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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