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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 #6 of 20 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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Port Charlotte, Florida
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93 reviews 93 reviews
62 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

This is an interesting state park at the site where Henry Flagler quarried limestone for many of his hotels and railroad buildings. What you see are quarries with many fossil remains in the rock and nice strolls through the woods with many trees and plants identified. Definitely remember to bring your repellant or you will be sorry!

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Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

we drove in and walked along the reef. it was quiet but oh so majestic. to see the oceans treasures this close is just awesome. be sure you bring a beach chair and sit for a while. listen to the ocean lapping at the shore. you'll wish you could bottle the sound and take it with you. a must see... More

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's quite and not travelled often. It's a very pretty place off the beaten path if you're tired of tourist attractions. There's a lot of wildlife and you get to learn about different trees and geological structures. They give you the history of the Keys which is fun to learn about. You also get to learn a bit about the... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was our first time to visit this park and we didn't have a lot of time but we found it to be very informative. It was interesting to see the fossils in the limestone.

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Orlando, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This park was very educational. You must bring mosquito spray, this way you can take your time. There isn't a lot to see unless you appreciate the little things like I do. The quarry is home to fossilized coral and sample machinery used in the quarry. The quarry was made for the use of the rock in the building of... More

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Woerden, The Netherlands
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107 reviews 107 reviews
35 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It is difficult to rate this park as we stayed there very short. There is a small info center at the beginning which was interesting and the personnel was very friendly. After that we wanted to go on one of the trails but we were warned not to go by other visitors who were just returning. They had a lot... More

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Miami, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

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
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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163 reviews 163 reviews
52 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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