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Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

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Address: 5550 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050 (Formerly Crane Point Hammock)
Phone Number: 305-743-9100
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and...
This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and was once the site of an Indian village.
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Natural History and History of the Keys

This is a museum and a nature area that shows what the Keys looked like before the development happened. The nature trails are a nice walk through natural vegetation that is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Sault Ste. Marie, Mi
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Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Really didn't find this to be as nice as other reviews stated. Would definitely suggest taking the tram! We elected to walk, and all we accomplished was giving ourselves back aches from having to walk bent over 90% of the time to avoid the massive spiders and their webs. The museum was small, but nice; the staff were very friendly.... More 

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Gallatin
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was a must see for people wanting to know about the way the Keys were formed and how the native plants, like the red and black mangroves, help save the Keys from damage in storms. Our guide, Jimmy Dean, was well versed in knowledge of plants and trees and was able to share interesting commentary all the way through... More 

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Holly Hill, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Negatives: only one, the price. However, I DO understand the need for the $$. Positives: WONDERFUL museum! For a private collection, they have a fantastic display of Keys history from Pre-Columbian/Neolithic to the present. The ability to get up close and personal with the plants and smaller animals in the Keys ecosystem. Bird rescue and rehab!!! People who help injured... More 

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Kilgore, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very beautiful area. You can really see how the islands were in their natural state. I highly recommend taking the guided tour on the tram. The guide was very knowledgeable and enhanced the visit greatly. There is a nice little Museum and film and a pool to feed the fish.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Very beautiful area that allows you to see what the islands were like in their natural state. You can walk the trail or take a small tram. I highly recommend the tram. Our driver/guide was very knowledgeable. I don't think we would have enjoyed it near as much without him. There is a nice natural history museum and film and... More 

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Sault Ste. Marie, Mi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

This is a museum and a nature area that shows what the Keys looked like before the development happened. The nature trails are a nice walk through natural vegetation that is labeled so you know what you are looking at. The walk takes you to and along the shoreline. There is a wild bird rescue and rehab center on site... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The nature trails were very quiet and relaxing. Be sure to take some water. I like that they had plaques telling the names of the trees and plants. The little history museum was very informative also.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

The exhibits are well thought out and entertaining as well as informative. We took a self guided tour, it was a hike in the humidity and heat. However, well placed benches along the walkway made it a bit easier. Must have water, very important.

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Juneau AK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

This is a “must visit” if you are interested in nature and the environment of the Florida Keys. Crane Point has some of the best-preserved tropical hammock stands (i.e., woodlands) in the Keys. There are a series of well-maintained trails along which many trees and plants are identified by plaques. Thatch palms that grow only in the Keys are especially... More 

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Toledo, Spain
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

It´s not a famous place, but you can´t miss it if you want to know how the keys were before the tourist explosion. It has a highly recommended history museum and a fantastic nature reserve. I specially loved the spiders!!

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