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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
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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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Interesting peek into history

Windily Key is a Florida State Park, and it is kept in very good order. For the entrance fee, the Park ranger provides a guide book to the flora and features, and that made... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Medve99
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Washington, DC
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Washington, DC
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41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Windily Key is a Florida State Park, and it is kept in very good order. For the entrance fee, the Park ranger provides a guide book to the flora and features, and that made enjoying the park so much better. Stops along the different routes are keyed to the guide book, and we learned quite a bit about Florida plants... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We learned a lot about the history of the quarries on the Keys and could see amazing coral fossils at the cuts. Our park ranger guide told us a lot about the trees and plants of the area and answered our questions very knowledgeably. It was a very pleasant way to spend a day when the beach wasn't a good... More 

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Thank Nichael R
New York City, New York
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420 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The park is mainly the remains of a limestone quarry, where stone came to build the railroad and also stone for buildings. We went for the ranger-led tour, it was well worth the $2.50 in addition to the $2.00 admission. After that tour, we borrowed the self-guided tour book from the office and stayed another half hour. Four trails lead... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best value in the Keys! Nice nature walk and guided tour for an $2.00. An opportunity to walk through a hammock safely. We throughly enjoyed the limestone quarry's historical perspective.

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Thank Kathy s
Murphysboro
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73 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We noted that Thursday through Sunday a State Park Ranger gives a tour twice a day so we handed over to see what it was all about. Are we glad we did! It is $2.00 a person for the tour. The Rangers are exceedingly friendly. The Ranger giving our tour was very knowledgeable about the history and the flowers and... More 

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Miami, Florida
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This petite state park packs a lot into a small space. The tour presented by rangers (twice daily) focuses on the trees and shrubs of the hardwood hammocks, especially medicinal and historical uses. It's a must-see for lovers of gumbo limbo trees! The park also includes several limestone quarries dating back to the early development of the Keys. The old... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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55 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into natural history, geology, or history, stop by and check it out. I stop by every couple years just to renew my feeling for another aspect of the Keys.

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Thank PhilS_42
Hamilton Parish, Bermuda
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting information on the quarrying process and history of this actual site. Pleasant guide. Useful booklet to take round with you. Remember to take insect repellant with you - the board said "a few" mosquitoes but they all found me!

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Thank Katie906
Bellville, Ohio
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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting place to visit, if you like geology and fossil corals, and the history of Flagler and his railway.

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Thank Robert s
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16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice walking trails, had a free guide for the trails that was really interesting. There were quarries throughout the park and you could see the coral easily in the cross sections. Only $2.50 per person. We stopped in when driving from Key Largo to Key West. Great place to stop on the way and stretch your legs.

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