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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and was...

This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and was once the site of an Indian village.

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Museum and Natural History

I went to see the historical value of the point. It has the oldest house in Monroe County, outside of Key West and the Crane House which was built in 1954. The hammock was very... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Sarasota, Florida
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went to see the historical value of the point. It has the oldest house in Monroe County, outside of Key West and the Crane House which was built in 1954. The hammock was very interesting to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worst day to go on a nature trail, boggy, windy and chilly but it is only a short walk. Lots if spiders, lizards and some birds in very small cages. Best but for us was seeing a sealion swimming really close to the shore at The Point. Made it all worth while.

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Thank Su333
Miami, Florida
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98 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to spend a couple of hours away from the commercialism of the Keys. The nature walk can be done in about an hour or so. We spend quite a bit of time admiring the recovering wild birds in the Marathon Wild Bird center. The trails are tree lined and offer nice shade for most of the way.

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This natural area is filled with native & unusual plants, birds & history! We had not planned to take the trolley tour but it is free & worth every penny! We learned about the history of Florida in addition to the local history from the gentleman that drove the trolley that Saturday morning. He knows about the plants and animals... More 

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2 Thank K B
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a hidden treasure - one of the few natural hammocks left in the keys. Great little museum indoors - then take a tour of the property by shuttle, and learn how the mangroves breath through "snorkels", learn to avoid the poison wood tree, and check out the bizarre gumbo limbo tree. Don't miss the Marathon Wild Bird Center... More 

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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291 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The paths are wide and the walk through the mangroves is nice. The birds in cages are fun too. It is overpriced though.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the tram ride was informative, it was a bit slow at times as our guide stopped to point out all the different trees. I learned a lot and enjoyed the history of the family and acreage. It was nice getting out of the tram at the point and walking around, taking photos of Bird Island in the gulf. I... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Crane Point has a wonderful trail path that is 1.5 miles in the loop and is beautifully lined with trees, three houses to look at and a small bird sanctuary. There is also a small museum that shows what type of wildlife and aquatic life and some of the native Indians

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Marathon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You wouldn't expect to be able to walk through trails on such a small island, but the nature preserve is amazing. They've got butterfly gardens, cool tide pools, and a lot of awesome local flora! The bird rescue area was my favorite to see, such a cool thing they do there. Most are rehabilitated and set free, but there are... More 

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Courtland, Virginia
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42 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems everything costs in the keys. This was a nice nature walk but nothing much more. The trails,were muddy because of all the rain

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