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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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Address: Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: 305-664-2540
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Thu - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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History Buffs Rejoice!

Small but beautiful park with paths through mangrove forest and a walk within quarry walls. Good archaeological information.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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songbird45
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33 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small but beautiful park with paths through mangrove forest and a walk within quarry walls. Good archaeological information.

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Houston, Texas
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is only a small park with about 5 short (less than half a mile each) interpretive trails. The range was very friendly and helpful. They give you a very detailed interpretation guide to borrow. We did one trail with over 50 information points, very interesting. Bring bug spray.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

This is a cool spot. We explored the visitors center a bit, looked at the quarry, and then spent most of our time walking the trails. At the visitors center, they give you a little trail guide to take with you, which is awesome because it tells you all about each of the trees that you pass. And the trees... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016

Our son is interested in rocks and fossils so this was especially interesting to us. It was hot day so only a short walk on a trail was all we could do -but it was fascinating

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Thank dailink2
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

This was a very unique activity! I loved seeing ancient corals and plants from the past. I posed next to my favorite coral, brain coral! It was if we were on a coral scavenger hunt!

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Thank Adrienne L
Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Spent a couple of hours exploring the Windley Key Fossil Reef Park with the family and we found it to be very enjoyable - both in terms of looking at the fossils in the stone quarry and exploring the flora in the park. The park is just off the highway on Islamorada. It has a large parking area and a... More 

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Thank EagleFlyer
Miami, Florida
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Do not visit in the hot summer months unless you like mosquitoes but the is a great cool weather place to visit. We all had fun walking in the woods and exploring the equipment.

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Columbia, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Was very impressed with the self-guided tour booklet describing the history, trees and ecological environment. Kids enjoyed the hikes and old machines there! Awesome place to stop by for a walk and something unique and interesting!

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Thank Aly B
miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

This park offer an interesting glimpse of what it took to build the keys railroad. The quarry is fascinating and those of all ages will enjoy seeing what creatures are captured in the coral. They have several trails of various lengths and difficulties, but nothing too hard. Stay 30-90 minutes depending on how many trails you walk. Admission is only... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Windily Key Fossil Reef State Park is an excellent visit ... one of the things I love about being a Floridian are our State Parks ... they're outstanding and this is another example. They have a very nice and well maintained trail system that allows great walks ... some may be expecting more, but this is a nicely kept piece... More 

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