First Ever Ocean Festival in Key West This Weekend

Free Admission, Free Parking, and Live Entertainment Throughout the Day!

Online PR News – 24-March-2010 – – Key West, FL -- The first annual Ocean Festival will take place in Key West this Saturday, at NOAA's Eco Discovery Center. Employees of MOTE Marine Laboratory are excited for the event, which will celebrate the marine environment of the Florida Keys. Free giveaways, special appearances, kids' games, prizes and drawings are just some of the highlights of the event, which takes place Saturday, March 27 at Truman Waterfront in Key West.

The event, officially dubbed Florida Keys Ocean Festival, will be fun for all ages, but kids will appreciate the range of activities and exhibits aimed at their age group. For aspiring anglers, there will be a Kids' Fishing Clinic. Kids can learn the basics of Key West fishing from pros, while keeping in mind marine conservation and environmental practices. Also for kids, the festival will feature Touch Tanks. Touch Tanks are fun for all ages, but kids will be amazed at the opportunity to touch real live sea creatures and they will be delighted to learn about the marine species from a scientist. Who knows, they may get some career ideas while they're there!

Have your kids join in the games just for them, and if you arrive early, your child may be one of the first twenty five to sign up for the fishing clinic who receives a free rod and reel. Or sign up for the Kids' Treasure Hunt at the Mote Marine booth. And check out the Passport to the Ocean game, which features prizes and chance drawing.

For everyone else, there's plenty to see and do as well. Browse the works of art by marine artists whose work will be on display throughout the Eco Discovery Center's gorgeous new building on the Key West waterfront. It's also a good time to check out the Eco Discovery Center's permanent exhibits, which are designed and maintained by NOAA employees for the public. The center is open to the public for free all year, with free parking. It's a hidden gem in the long list of Key West activities.

The Ocean Festival also offer free live entertainment throughout the course of the day. Local musicians Corey Heydon, Scott Kirby and Chris Cook will supply the music, and at 5:30 Grammy nominated Nashville singer & songwriter James Slater will be there to entertain.

Mote Marine Laboratory has carried out important marine research since its founding in 1955. Today, it performs public outreach as well as research, fund raising. It's an independent, non-profit organization which receives funding through Federal, State and local grants, as well as private donations. There are seven centers throughout the state of Florida, with one in the Florida Keys, about 24 miles from Key West.

The event is sponsored in part by Mote Marine Laboratory, Fury Water Adventures, the Eco Discovery Center, Bud Light, Cowboy Bill's Honky Tonk Saloon, Coca Cola, Centennial Bank and WLRN. For more information on this and other Key West events, check out website, below.

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