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“great stop while exploring the Keys” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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 17 Attractions in Islamorada
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
Santa Fe NM
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
“great stop while exploring the Keys”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

This is a great place to take a shady leisurely walk and learn about all the different kinds of trees in a Florida hardwood hammock....as well as the geological history of the area. I agree that this would be most pleasant in the winter months. (We did not see one bug in February.) The fossilized coral is fascinating. I read that some people bring paper and crayons to make rubbings, but be sure to ask about that in the visitor's center. The visitor's center is small but very helpful to understand what you will be seeing. Take the time to watch a couple of the short films there. You can do a self-guided tour with their excellent guidebook. Entry fee is a mere $2.50 each, plus $2 each if you want a ranger to give you a guided tour (children under 5 are free).

Visited February 2014
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Salisbury, Dorset, England
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267 reviews 267 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 171 cities Reviews in 171 cities
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
“Most informative and educational, fun too.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We had a ranger tour with Marty who was excellent and a really nice, knowledgeable guy. He explained a lot about the geology and trees of the area, and really brought the place to life for us and made us realise what it was like there in the past. We enjoyed the tour very much and would highly recommend a trip here to learn about the real Keys.

Visited January 2014
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Islamorada, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“An interesting walk”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is an interesting walk best visited in the cooler months of the year. In the summer, it get quite hot and buggy.

Visited February 2014
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nice educational walk in the shade”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Nice educational walk in the shade. Great tour book loaned to you at the ranger station. Learn a bit about the geologic history of the keys.

Visited February 2014
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Boca Raton, Florida
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great educational opportunity and nice trails”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This is a hidden gem of a state park. Only open Thursday to Monday. Great self guided tour and tour book. 5 trails of varying difficulty. The tour booklet gives some history of the site and of limestone quarrying as well as a great primer on the trees and bushes etc. The little museum exhibit area is great and is air conditioned. Rangers are knowledgeable and helpful.

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