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Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

#7 of 50 things to do in Marathon Features Animals
5550 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2713
+1 305-743-9100
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Hidden Gem

On busy Route 1 in Marathon on Vaca Key in Florida, I kept seeing the sign for Crane Point. When... read more

Reviewed 3 May 2017
Barbara O
Big Pine Key, Florida
Excellent natural and cultural history of "Old" Florida Keys

If you want a picture of the natural and cultural history of the Middle Keys, this is the place... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2017
Curtice, Ohio
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This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and was once the site of an Indian village.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
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5550 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2713
+1 305-743-9100

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Reviewed 3 May 2017

On busy Route 1 in Marathon on Vaca Key in Florida, I kept seeing the sign for Crane Point. When I saw the sign across from Publix, shopping was my usual priority. Finally I made a plan to visit and immediately wished I had done...More

1  Thank Barbara O
Reviewed 29 April 2017

If you want a picture of the natural and cultural history of the Middle Keys, this is the place! It takes almost 3hrs to see and read all of the museum and hike the trails. The Indian culture, foreign invasions, and population boom of the...More

1  Thank PfeiffersOnTheGo
Reviewed 26 April 2017

First, note the entrance fee is around fifteen bucks or so. Parking is free. That's not horrible, considering what they are trying to preserve, but I didn't see the price posted anywhere when we arrived, and some people might not want to pay that much...More

Thank Gloria K
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Very nice way to learn about some of the heritage of the islands and the grounds are very well kept. Great way to get outside and have a wonderful adventure inland and on the shoreline. Would Highly recommend.

1  Thank thubl01
Reviewed 22 April 2017

This is a spectacular place. Well cared for paths through an historic property. The Adderly village info was fascinating. The daily tasks just live here were brutal but the perserverence of those folks was truly admirable.

1  Thank Janice G
Reviewed 21 April 2017

A great way to see what the Keys were like many years ago. The hammocks kept us cool as we walked over 1 mile of trails. Loved the point .. sat on the bench and watched the water and birds. Nice that there is somewhere...More

1  Thank Ikarosav
Reviewed 19 April 2017

Went here on a hunch on a rainy/cloudy day. Wow.... were we glad we did ! We spent ~2.5 hours exploring. Welcome center has friendly staff, interesting intro video, excellent museum. Cool fish in shallow pond next door. Hiking trails full of dense Hammock forest...More

1  Thank Vermont_stretch
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here to see the Wyland walls (my wife likes to see as many of them as possible) and ended up staying for several hours to take in the rare treats this place offers in the middle of civilization. They offer a great introductory...More

1  Thank David N
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

It was raining, and we still enjoyed! We just put our raincoats on and walked the trails! Very few other guests, migrating birds (Cape May Warblers & American Redstarts) flitting through the mangroves overhead, giant spiders parked in their webs, a breaching ray (twice!), parrotfish,...More

3  Thank Ecospan
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Nice mostly shady place to see some nature. Wear comfortable shoes or don't attempt this one. The paths have several dips and rocks so you need to be alert. The day we went the butterfly garden was disappointing with only one butterfly spotted throughout the...More

Thank Toni H
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what is the admission cost
28 March 2017|
Response from Charlotte Q | Property representative |
$14.95 adult $12.95 senior or milatiry $9.95 kids under 12 5 & under free
Hi. I see in your review that you "can do a kayak trip". Did you do it? Trying to decide if it's worth it to do their kayak tour or go elsewhere. Thanks.
13 July 2016|
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Response from Trainmaster78 | Reviewed this property |
No, no kayaking for me. But, had my (grown) son been along with us, he would have definately pronounced it "pretty good".
Stephanie F
Any camping available?
18 February 2016|
Response from Charlotte Q | Property representative |
Not at this time