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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
305-664-2540
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Ranked #8 of 21 attractions in Islamorada
Type: Geologic Formations, Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
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Miami, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

I'm a fan of state and national parks, so when I found out our hotel was across the street from this state park I had to check it out. The rocks are pretty cool and my boyfriend and I enjoyed the trail. They let you borrow a self guide books for free which tell you interesting fact by numbers. Note:... More

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Kiowa, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

You can take a self tour with a book they provide. Ranger (we met James) was just great. Very informative and friendly. Spent alot of time with us. You can buy a chunk of fossilized coral.

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Washington, DC
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great place to learn about the plant life and geological history of the Keys. Great value at only $2.50 per person. Documentation for the self guided tour was top notch.

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Miami
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143 reviews 143 reviews
49 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place is pretty neat. You can see old limestone hauling equipment, native plants, and pretty formations in the limestone. One can see brain coral, fan coral, little crabs and bunch of other things I don't know about. I imagine it can get hot if you are there in the summer so take water. The visitor center has a collection... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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98 reviews 98 reviews
27 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Decided to stop here on our way to Key West. We were greeted by the ranger and given excellent information on what trails there were and what we might see. This then turned into a discussion of what spiders we may expect to run into being the first people on the trail for the day. Sure enough a short distance... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We enjoyed walking through the park guided by a book they provide with markers along the way to explain the important wildlife and what they provided to the island environment.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

...We thought this might be sort of interesting. Besides, it only cost $2.50 per person to enter. The park is easily accessed and is well maintained. You could choose to walk along a number of marked paths and view many native trees identified by signs. ...When you enter the park, you are given a sturdy folder of information which includes... More

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Take a trail guide book provided in the Visitor's Center and enjoy a nice shaded walk among and old maritime hammock. The points of interest are numbered, referring to plants and history of the place. Good birding too.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

The sea was to rough for us to dive so we decided to try this park. The guide, Robin, gave a great explanation of the trees in the area ( I learned not to touch anything, so many we can be allergic to). The fossils are very visible in the exposed areas of the quarry. Great history of the railroad... More

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Connecticut, USA
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Looking to avoid the tourist traps which abound on the Keys, we were delighted to find this intriguing state park. Even through you never quite fully escape the traffic noise from Rt. 1, you still feel that you're getting a look at "Old Florida." The ranger tour was excellent (and a bargain -- tour plus entrance fee about $4.50: compare... More

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