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While visiting Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, stop in at this 6,400-square-foot interactive attraction, which encourages visitors to venture through a variety of Florida Keys habitats from pinelands, beach dunes, and mangroves to the deep sea. Walk through a model of NOAA's (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Aquarius, a unique underwater ocean laboratory 9 mi off Key Largo, to virtually discover what lurks beneath the sea. Touch-screen computer displays, a dramatic movie, a 2,450-gallon aquarium, and live underwater cameras show off North America's only contiguous barrier coral reef.

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  • Address: 35 E. Quay Rd., at end of Southard St. in Truman Annex Key West, FL 33040 | Map It
  • Phone: 305/809–4750
  • Cost: Free, donations accepted
  • Hours: Tues.–Sat. 9–4
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  • Location: Key West
Updated: 03-25-2013

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    Awesome FREE Eco-Discovery Center

    We think the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a must-see in Key West. One of Key West's best-kept secrets, it's a fun, educational, free(!) visitor center that is great for all ages.
    Although off the beaten path a little, it is well worth the short walk from Duval Street, especially if you're looking for something other than tacky T-shirt shops.
    It's right next to Ft. Zachary Taylor state park and the USS Mohawk WW II ship, which are also good places to visit.
    The short film in the Eco-Discovery Center is fabulous and highlights many of the different habitats in and around Key West.
    In short, if you're tired of the party scene on Duval, have kids, or are looking for a cool place to spend a couple of hours, be sure to see the Eco-Discovery Center.

    by craigjlw, 4/2/09

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