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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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Address: Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
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+1 305-664-2540
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09:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 09:00 - 17:00
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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Hammock and Fossils!

Ranger Joe was a delight and full of great information. Very interesting, well worth the stop. Inexpensive entry. Very clean bathrooms.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Roxie K
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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were looking for nature. We found it. At the rangers station you can pick up a extensive guide book that will identify all the trail, trees and other objects of interest. This place use to be a mine for coral rock which are really fossilized corals. You can see where it was cut out , some of the equipment... More 

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Thank dcb4scuba
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoy the trails with the very informative guide book provided by the park. It will inform you about the geological and botanical aspects of the area.

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Thank MB M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ranger Joe was a delight and full of great information. Very interesting, well worth the stop. Inexpensive entry. Very clean bathrooms.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Start out at the small but very informative visitor center where you can check out the quarry and geological history of the area. The ranger was very engaging, provided us a small much used and obviously prized booklet with trails, vegetation markers, and more information about the quarry. He said we were in for a special treat the day of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This site offers two very gentle and relatively short hikes through mangrove hammocks plus up close views of the coral quarry that was used to help build the Keys. The hikes include numbered spots that you then read about in a free handbook. Learned a lot about the local flora and history. Nice and cool there, so its a great... More 

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Bath
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ranger Tony took us on a guided walk ($2 pp I recall) at our own pace along the longer trail in the park and was so friendly and knowledgeable; we learnt so much more than if we had undertaken the self-guided tour and he answered all of our questions. Apart from the open quarried areas, where you can view the... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The fossils in the bedrock that had not been mined were fantastic. We had never seen fossil that big. The old machinery that was left just rusting away was also interesting. Not very fancy exhibit but interesting.

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Thank Bud S
Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Park is well planned out and the self guided tours are easy to navigate and fairly easy walking terrain. We completed all the trails in 2 hours, stopping at each of the placards. Only $2.50 admission to see the last natural terrain as well as the stone quarries used throughout the history of the Keys.

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Milwaukee WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We toured in Jan 17, cooler day so no mosquitos at all, in the 60s. We walked the trails, the guide book has numbered stops and was interesting. The quarry was small but had cool features. Park ranger was helpful. Nice inexpensive way to spend some time.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We did a self-guided tour, and did not quite like study the rocks. Also somewhat disappointed with the indoor exhibition (with control buttons) does not work, and was told it had been like that for quite some time.

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