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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
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+1 305-664-2540
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Fantastic Fossils

The fossils in the bedrock that had not been mined were fantastic. We had never seen fossil that big. The old machinery that was left just rusting away was also interesting. Not... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Bud S
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Delray Beach, Florida
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Delray Beach, Florida
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fossils in the bedrock that had not been mined were fantastic. We had never seen fossil that big. The old machinery that was left just rusting away was also interesting. Not very fancy exhibit but interesting.

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Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Park is well planned out and the self guided tours are easy to navigate and fairly easy walking terrain. We completed all the trails in 2 hours, stopping at each of the placards. Only $2.50 admission to see the last natural terrain as well as the stone quarries used throughout the history of the Keys.

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Milwaukee WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We toured in Jan 17, cooler day so no mosquitos at all, in the 60s. We walked the trails, the guide book has numbered stops and was interesting. The quarry was small but had cool features. Park ranger was helpful. Nice inexpensive way to spend some time.

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did a self-guided tour, and did not quite like study the rocks. Also somewhat disappointed with the indoor exhibition (with control buttons) does not work, and was told it had been like that for quite some time.

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Odessa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hubby is a hydro-geologist & LOVED this place!!! It was so beautiful--I loved it, too! PRO's: WONDERFUL! Beautiful Very well-kept Immaculately Clean Wonderfully maintained park inside and outside! Small Museum - immaculately kept with cool veranda GREAT employees--very helpful! Picnic tables Trails well marked (be sure 2 ask 4 the map book that describes everything on the trails from... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a two for one attraction. For a modest $2.50 per person, you get to walk through a wonderful old quarry with lots of fossilized coral embedded in it, as well as marked trails with a terrific guidebook identifying the trees and shrubs and their special properties. Definitely worth the trip.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really pleasant place to spend a few hours. The park rangers are very friendly and really happy to see you. The guided tour of the coral quarries and one trail (small extra cost) is well worth it, but the points of interest are well marked and well described in a guide book you can borrow from the... More 

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New Lenox, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

stopped in to look around. biked past old quarrys. quick stop, you couldn;'t spend the day there. at least we didn't.

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Chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at Drop Anchor across the highway and walked over to the park. There is a small entrance fee, an educational exhibit, a knowledgeable ranger, and a set of short trails. The trails were through the forest and the quarry. It is a nice piece of nature in the day.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth visiting for an hour or so, in order to stroll around the coral rock quarry and to learn the influential role of the so-called Flagler Railroad upon the history of the Keys. Bug spray is strongly advised. Young children might also enjoy the short trails through the woods. Admission is only $2.50 each.

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