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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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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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Kansas City, Missouri
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Been here twice now and have enjoyed it both times. Great for a short hike or as a natural get away. Lots of lizards, cool plants, and of course the fossilized reefs! The old mining equipment is pretty interesting too

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Bellaire, Texas, United States
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very impressed with the visitor center background information. Tour guidebook was a laminated binder- great idea- no paper. The signage was convenient and well placed. The hike was shady and pleasant (it is February). Beautiful trees and hike - felt away from the city. Great geology. Went snorkeling yesterday. Saw brain coral, sea fans... today saw them in fossilized form... More 

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Virginia
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132 reviews
36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week 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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87 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks 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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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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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1 Thank Roxie K
Baltimore, Maryland
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

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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18 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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