Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Eco Discovery Center

Few marine environments in the U.S. compare to the Florida Keys in terms of natural beauty and natural resources. The most extensive living coral reef in the United States in adjacent to the 126 mile island chain of the Florida Keys. The Keys are located on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula, beginning just south of Key Biscayne and ending just 90 miles north of Cuba. These coral reefs are intimately linked to the marine ecosystem that supports one of the most unique and diverse assemblages of plants and animals in North America. The 288 square nautical mile Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary surrounds the entire archipelago of the Florida Keys and includes the productive waters of Florida Bay, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.