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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
Phone Number: 305-664-2540
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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We stoped here On our way to Key West. Park ranger was very nice and explined everything before we took our walk. The Kids love the History of the old lime stone quarry and seeing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Cape Coral, Florida
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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We stoped here On our way to Key West. Park ranger was very nice and explined everything before we took our walk. The Kids love the History of the old lime stone quarry and seeing all the fossil in the walls.

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Crescent City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

This park is mostly underwater, which is a first for us. The water is clean and clear, and WARM! We only snorkeled and saw thousands of fish. It also has rentals and nice places to picnic.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We walked around all the trails with in this small park, there are some very interesting coral walls and some great history connected with Windley. Very nice well kept park lots of keys history and for a 2 dollar fee to get in everyone in the area should stop and tour around.

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Golden, Colorado, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

What a surprise ! A couple of acres of exposed ancient (150,000 years) coral reef, exposed in the walls of an old limestone quarry. Very interesting visitors center and lots of signs for the trails thru the quarry and surrounding tropical forest. The reef forms a hill 16 feet above sea level, the third-highest elevation in the entire Keys. The... More 

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Philadelphia, Pa.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

My wife and I recently visited the Keys and one afternoon we found this sweet little park. The park ranger gave us a lot of info at the office and a handbook to take with us as we explored the trails. On our 11/2 hour loop of the park we can away with greater knowledge of how these keys were... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

I believe in supporting all national and state parks. Windley Key is not large, I like the story of how it was saved from those who wanted to build condos, the trails are nice, there are lots of local plants, spiders and coral fossils. The fee is nominal and they give you a guide book. It was very hot the... More 

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Groton, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We spent a few minutes here to take a look at the fossils exposed during the mining process. It's amazing to see fossils of creatures that were alive millions of years ago. The mining was for blocks of coral to be used for construction projects in the Keys. We all thought it was quite worthwhile.

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Colby, Kansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Of course nothing exciting. But a good trail and interesting stop.It's a good view of fossils in the rock formations. A description of the plants that grow there.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Visited the park and was amazed at the wonderful welcome. Paid a small fee, and was given a trail book which identified all the plants in the park as well as the history of the quarry. The geologist there was really informative. Loved the place and would highly recommend it a a great place for a good walk.

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Yardville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Nice place for a easy visit. Small Visitor's Center with info. Good rest rooms. Ranger Matt took us on a very informative tour starting with the old quarry and how they quarried the coral stone, spoke about all the men that were killed here in the 1935 hurricane and then took us on a short walk through the trees and... More 

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Additional Information about Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Address: Address: Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: 305-664-2540
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Islamorada
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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