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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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Windley Key was an unexpected gem. The visitors center has some informative exhibits, which help... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Paul_inSunPrairie
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
Very interesting park

I stumbled on this park by accident and was so happy I did. It was very interesting and relaxing... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Beth H
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Rochester, New York
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
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Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
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All reviews self guided tour old quarry visitor center quarry walls plant life tour book hiking trails nice walk flagler railroad entrance fee bring water interesting place worth a stop stretch your legs nice stop the florida keys fossils
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Windley Key was an unexpected gem. The visitors center has some informative exhibits, which help visitors understand the historical significance of the park. Prior to walking the park trails make sure you get a guidebook to read along the trails. The walking paths through the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Paul_inSunPrairie
Reviewed 6 days ago

I stumbled on this park by accident and was so happy I did. It was very interesting and relaxing and well maintained. I look forward to going back when I have more time to explore!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Beth H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Windley Key has several walking paths that are well marked to display the foliage in the area, to display the different Coral areas that the railroad used when mining here. Would highly suggest this for a day when you want to be away from the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carol W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Easy walks through the area trace the history of the plants and trees in the area with a history of the Flagler railroad development. Quarry sites and nice paths enable you to keep cool while learning about the plant life and the history of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BW350
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Enjoyed the walk and the visitor center. Definately need your hat and water. Highly recommend. Ample parking.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank harmsenom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Step back more than one hundred years and check out the quarries Flagler used to build his railroad beds out of limestone made from coral that swarmed by the billions what they built into the base of the Florida Keys millions of years ago. Fascinating...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DClaud
Reviewed December 28, 2018

Historical and geological park in the middle keys. Great educational facilities as well. Nice place for a bike in the cooler months.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Rougegorge
Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

Visited today. Very interesting make sure you pick up a guide to use when you walk around. My daughter studies environmental conservation and did her dissertation on Coral Reef in Mauritius do she found this really interesting. Would say it's more for adults and teenagers...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

$7.50 for the three of us to walk a mile or so through an old quarry where they dug the ' edrock' for the railroad in the '20's. Very short but full of plants and trees local to the area. Small kids would be bored....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Carl R
Reviewed December 20, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting and informative state park. Nice trails and you can learn a lot. Wear comfortable shoes! Staff was very friendly and helpful too.

Date of experience: December 2018
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katherineb463
March 29, 2018|
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Response from peterdavies2016 | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid not. The trails are not long, and there was hardly anyone there. I guess most people go the the Keys for other reasons. I highly recommend it.
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Angie N
July 27, 2017|
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Response from wildturkey52 | Reviewed this property |
I had little trouble with the mosquitos as it was quite windy the days we visited. I would be careful on windy days if you have Poison Ivy allergies as you don't have to touch the poisonwood trees... I know because I got it... More
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