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More to Discover at Lovers Key


Next time you’re visiting our area, you may want to put the new Welcome and Discovery Center at Lovers Key State Park on your “Must Do” list!

The recently-unveiled $5.7 million structure is just a short walk from the popular Lovers Key beach tram station.  Outside, the building features pillars designed to model mangrove roots, a 400-gallon touch tank and glass walls that open to large observation decks.

Inside, the 2,100-foot exhibition hall invites visitors to explore replicas of beach and coastal dune ecology.  The information desk takes its cue from Old Florida fish shacks.  There is a state-of-the-art classroom and indoor/outdoor event space.  And, of course, a gift shop is available to browse nature-inspired books, jewelry and art.

Future phases will feature more exhibits as well as outdoor manatee sculptures.  The new Welcome and Discovery Center sounds like it will be a wonderful setting for listening to music, attending a lecture, or just enjoying the natural beauty of Lovers Key State Park.

Visitors from all over the world come to Lovers Key to enjoy its postcard-perfect shell-strewn beach that stretches 2.5 miles, with three different beach accesses along calm, clear waters.

Fun fact:  In the early 1900s, the island was accessible only by boat.  Legend has it that only lovers made the effort to get to this romantic island, thus the name Lovers Key!

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