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Address: Mile Marker 17, Sugarloaf Key, Key West, FL
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Interesting 10 minute diversion

As the Michelin guide says "worth a detour", not a destination, just a bit of Florida Keys idiosychrosy of arcane past endeavors to tame the mosquito population but that was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Tappahannock, Virginia
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Cedar Springs, Michigan
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47 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This little hidden piece of history is one of those 'diamonds in the rough'. It is literally JUST off of the beaten path, but most people just pass it by without even knowing that it is there! Everything in the area of this landmark suggest that this area was once planned to be more than it is - the roads... More 

Thank Tim W
Tappahannock, Virginia
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357 reviews
129 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

As the Michelin guide says "worth a detour", not a destination, just a bit of Florida Keys idiosychrosy of arcane past endeavors to tame the mosquito population but that was unsuccessful as all the bats that were transported in to populate the tower just plain left immediately! Peer up inside the tower and you will see all the baffle plates... More 

Thank northernneckinn
Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

As soon as you pass mile marker 17, there is a big sign for Sugarloaf airport, turn there. The road looks like it goes no where, keep following. You will pass a sad house on the right, you will see a small road on right, take that. Tower at end. Neat to check out, they should clean up area &... More 

Thank 9thavesspk
Camillus, New York
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38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Tough to find, but worth it. Looks so odd to be there 17 miles outside of Key West. Turn at the sign where the airport is and continue down that road. Looks like you're headed into the middle of nowhere. Different and a must see once.

Thank Jason W
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105 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

According to locals the bat tower was build to control the mosquito population. Bats only stayed one night so the story goes and left and never returned. Makes for an interesting picture and story! See for yourself!

1 Thank mjrdnx
Florida Keys, Florida
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

An interesting stop on the way to or from Key West. It's a great shame that it isn't better signed from US1 and that it isn't being preserved. I guess hardly anyone is interested in history any more :-( I fear it's only a matter of time before it is vandalized or burned.clast time I stopped there were signed if... More 

1 Thank o--Robert--o
Columbia, Missouri
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323 reviews
177 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We stopped here on our way to Key West thinking it would be a good place to get out and stretch our legs. The tower was a bit challenging to find being at the end of an unmarked rock road and it was already dark out with no nearby lights. It had an eerie feeling so I just snapped a... More 

Thank Lindsey M
Brook Park, Ohio
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182 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Agreed, a little weird, but worth the few minutes to see. We love "off the beaten path" finds, and this is one. I was nervous looking up from the bottom that bats would fly out! The structure itself is cool to see.

Thank momof3BrookPark_Ohio
Plymouth, Minnesota
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Like some of the other reviewers, we also like to find the unusual (and free) attractions and this fits the bill. Nothing much to look at and nothing to do but take a few photos, but the story behind it made us stop. It is hard to find, especially since the mile markers don't all have signs. Pay attention to... More 

1 Thank Lynn S
Lopez Island, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

The "angry bird" at the top is an Osprey sitting in one of the largest, easily accessible Osprey nests you're going to find, anywhere. When we visited (Feb. 15, 2014), one adult was on the nest with a loud, vocalizing chick who popped its fuzzy head up now and then. The other parent flew in and dropped off a fish... More 

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