Whether you are on holiday in South Florida or been living here for years, many people are scouring the internet looking for family-friendly attractions in the area that they can go enjoy with their loved ones. And if you are in the Key West area, then the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is definitely worth a visit, especially if you have kids. It provides 6,000 square feet of interactive, interesting and most importantly, educational exhibits for everyone to enjoy.
The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a stunning little natural history museum found in Monroe county of South Florida. Their exhibits will teach you a lot about the marine, animal and plant life of the surrounding areas, and there's always a friendly and helpful staff member on hand to answer any questions you or your family might have about their exhibits.
Some of their exhibits include, the largest ocean laboratory (Mote Marine) in the US as well as the living reef exhibit, a 2,500 gallon tank containing sharks, living corals and various other marine life. There are tons of smaller exhibits too, which everyone finds fascinating - including a short 3D film and a longer 20 min film that runs continuously throughout the day.
The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery center will be loved by the whole family, especially the kids since many of the exhibits are interactive, colorful and very educational. And because it's a smaller museum it only takes about an hour to get through, meaning smaller kids do not get bored and irritated with being there.
And the best part? It's totally free! That's right, you don't pay for parking or admission. But don't be fooled into thinking it's a low quality exhibition, everything about their exhibits are top notch and this place is definitely worth a visit. Feel free to support their curio shop on your way out, or give a financial donation if you loved your visit as much as we did. The Center is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day and is located at the end of Southard Street in the Truman Annex in Key West, across the street from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.