Learn about the ecosystem of the Florida Keys, including mangroves, coral reef, wildlife, and seagrass beds

Mangrove exhibits at the Eco Discovery Center
Outstanding exhibits at the Florida Keys Eco Discovery Center, such as this one devoted to Hardwood Hammocks, interpret the eco system of Key West and the Florida Keys.

A terrific educational facility with over 6,400 square feet of exhibits, including a 74-seat movie theater.

Highlights of the Center include an interactive map of the Keys, a replica of the Aquarius underwater laboratory, and an underwater video camera that allows guests to observe coral spawning, assess damage from a boat grounding or monitor the health of a coral reef.

The Center also features a high-definition film by renowned cinematographer Bob Talbot, computer interactive exhibits, murals, graphic displays with text and images, a live weather station and replicas of South Florida habitats such as mangroves, complete with sounds.

Mote Marine Laboratory’s Baby Conch Farm has moved to the Eco-Discovery Center and is now part of its Living Reef exhibit.

The Center, located in Truman Annex, is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday and is free to the public.

And they have free on-site parking!

This is a fun thing to do in Key West for the whole family.

Hours: Open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm (closed Sunday and Monday)

Cost: FREE

Phone: 305-809-4751

Location: 35 E. Quay Road at the Truman Waterfront – located at the end of Southard Street.