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Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

5550 Overseas Highway, Marathon, FL 33050 (Formerly Crane Point Hammock)
305-743-9100
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Ranked #11 of 15 attractions in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Crane Point has recently installed more than 80 new informational and navigational signs throughout the hammock trails. Also new within the last few... more »
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The nature center really has one thing that sets it apart from the pack. And that is wild island backcountry. If you want to see what the Keys were like before all the resorts and restaurants, check this place out. Bring bug spray, though, since "wild" includes mosquitoes. The trails also give you access to a Wild Bird Center that... More

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New York
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38 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

I think it is important for visitors to understand that this location is not a zoo or theme park. If we had gone in imagining that it was we would have been disappointed. Crane point is a large area of preserved unspoiled natural environment which is incredibly rare in the keys today. It is also home to a bird refuge,... More

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Stanwood, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Nice place. . A lot of walking to see nothing but trees. Was a little disappointed we didn't see more.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I'm glad we were able to go through Crane Point. Great natural history and a nice stroll. We took the advice of the staff and did the museum after the hike with our 3 and 8 year old kids. We loved seeing the butterflies, iguanas and some gnarly (but harmless) spiders. I look forward to going back and hope to... More

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We photograph insects, so the large numbers of orb weaver spiders were a real treat for us. Variety of walking trails, historical building restorations, excellent museum of Natural History. Preserves remnant thatch palm hammock. Highly recommended for those seeking the natural side of the Keys.

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Vacationing in Marathon and visited Crane Point. This lovely sanctuary and museum provided an opportunity for visitors to appreciate the natural beauty of the keys, learn the history of Marathon, and become acquainted with the wildlife that share their island with the many visitors that vacation in the keys. Crane Point is a great way to spend a couple of... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Wonderful area to see Florida nature. Lots of great trees and plants. There are several birds being rehabbed from injury! Inexpensive and educational. The staff is very nice! Very breezy at the point.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Crane Point is a labor of love passed down from the Crane Family who had the foresight and wherewithal to see how the preservation of a sector of the natural beauty of the land could bestow huge benifits on the psyche of all that would visit. Any travelers, with more than a passing respect for the spirit inherent in the... More

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Marathon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A little known secret in Marathon Florida is the wild bird center inside Crane Point. This is a natural hammock preserved just like the Florida keys were before they were inhabited. The bird center is way back in the hammock. They have a hospital for injured birds and display cages for birds that cannot return to the wild plus a... More

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Utah
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Crane Point is a super place to walk around and get a feel for the real keys. Enjoyed learning a bit about the original folks of the keys. We even saw a manatee under the bridge by the nice home! We went in March and the temperature was fine. It might be too hot in the summer. Go early while... More

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