Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
4.5
Speciality Museums • Nature & Wildlife Areas
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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We are CLOSED for the month of September for maintenance So we can make crane Point, even more, spectacular for you. See you in October. Take a walk back in time through our 63 acres of hardwood hammock. Crane Point Museum & Nature Center is a non-profit organization in Marathon, Florida in the heart of the Fabulous Florida Keys featuring a museum of natural history, a fish pedicure, and beautiful nature trails throughout a 63-acre hardwood hammock. This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and was once the site of an Indian village. We are pet-friendly!
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  • Lili813
    Tampa, Florida82 contributions
    A great little outdoor experience and nature walk
    We enjoyed our time there. We were initially looking for a place to get our morning walk in—and we’re expecting a park area with walking trails you can just walk on your own, apart from the museum and paid admission spaces. But we went ahead in and enjoyed ourselves. It was a nice outdoor experience with some unexpected fun. There’s a natural “fish pedicure” area where you can sit beside the water and have the little fishies nibble at your feet. That was a cool inclusion (considering some pay for that as a spa experience.). We also enjoyed walking through the bird sanctuary and getting to see the bird hospital (though it was closed). There are several gorgeous views, clearly marked trails, periodic places to sit if needed. I appreciated that they preserved the history of Mary and Francis Crane, but also a house and history of George Adderly and Adderly Town—a historic Black Bahamian settlement. Admission was about $14.50/adult ($12.50 for seniors).
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 13, 2021
  • Jeffrey C
    2 contributions
    Great place
    Highly recommend this place, trails to walk, museum, bird rescue center. I took the 90 minute guided ride to start on a 7 person golf cart at noon. I recommend doing this 1st its very informative about history and plants. Then I walked the loop trails afterwards. $14.95 for adult, stop at Marathon Visitors center for $2 off coupon.
    Traveled solo
    Written November 26, 2022
  • Mary&Bobontheroad
    Friendswood, Texas1,445 contributions
    Step back in time
    Florida keys preserved and celebrated. In the middle of modern Marathon key is a sanctuary to the history of the Keys. Reasonably priced admission gets you to tour exhibits, a museum, historic homes, and a great nature trail. Liesure walking or a golf cart tour. Definitely worth a couple of hour visit. Don’t miss the bird refuge.
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2020
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Holly B
Agoura Hills, CA13 contributions
Jun 2022
My husband and I left the teens in bed one morning and headed over to check out the trails. It's a beautiful spot and a nice walk about, the fish pedicure is fun and ticklish. My 3 stars is based solely on the white-washing of BIPOC history in the museum and at the Adderly House exhibit. Let's get it right.
Written June 22, 2022
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Ryan N
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Feb 2022 • Couples
What an amazing day in Florida!!! Crane Point has some of the most beautiful walking trails we’ve been on. Staff was unbelievably nice, knowledgeable, and helpful. The fish pedicure was fun for us both!! We will definitely be coming back here every time we visit. Great historic houses and the Crane house was my absolute favorite part of the day. From the turtles to the parrot fish, the birds in the mangroves to the lion fish in the museum, every inch of this place is a hidden gem. Look for the train and turn in, you won’t regret it!!!
Written February 16, 2022
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W White
Warwick, RI16 contributions
Mar 2022
I have driven past this spot on every trip to the keys, but never made the time to stop until this trip. The museum is very good and I learned a bit about the history of the keys. The trails are lovely, getting you out to a point on the water. There is a pond where you can get a fish pedicure! The Adderly house was so interesting to visit and worth the trip in and of itself. Highly recommend on day that is not too hot, and would be a great place for kids to work off some energy and learn a bit about both nature and the history of the keys.
Written March 29, 2022
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Ruth
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Feb 2021 • Couples
I contacted Crane Point via email and received a prompt, friendly response from the CEO, Charlotte Quinn. I was having some issues with walking and while she apologized that though the usual tram tours were not taking place because of COVID, she would try to work out something for us. When we let her know when we would be there, she took us on a personal tram tour with stops at the various points of interest. Her enthusiasm and love for this place, and her attention to detail were inspiring! We particularly enjoyed the fish pedicure and the Marathon Wild Bird Center. It will be exciting when the Adderley House (which will be undergoing structural repair) is open for visits again. The Cracker House gives a vivid idea of how life was for the first non-native settlers of the Keys. The Museum also had a lot of interesting and informational exhibits. This place is a valuable respite from the artificiality and commercialism that surrounds us.
Written February 25, 2021
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Sharon S
25 contributions
Apr 2021
We just happened to notice the sign as we were driving by and went the next day to check it out. What an amazing place!! We learned about the history of this property and the area. The butterfly garden was beautiful and we enjoyed the walking trails. Visiting the Cracker House and Adderly House showed us what life was like for early settlers in the keys. The Crane House was closed for renovations, so we'll definitely go back next time we're in the keys. The fish pedicure was a really fun thing to do. We were lucky enough to be visiting the bird sanctuary at feeding time, and got to see the pelicans and cormorants get their lunch!!
Written April 17, 2021
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ktrap
Fort Myers, FL212 contributions
May 2021
What a lovely spot to stop and enjoy old Florida. The walk to the point is .5 miles and shaded for the most part. The kids got to have a fish foot pedicure and we loved the inside museum and pictures.
Do not try and bring strollers. The sea shells walkway is too difficult, but the whole point is to let them run.
Written May 9, 2021
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Razorback_Ed
Hot Springs, AR123 contributions
Feb 2020
I don't know exactly what I expected , but was somewhat dissappointed with this. This is a virgin hammock and you did get to see how this part of Florida looked before development. I thought we would see more birds, but then again, we went in the middle of the day. We walked all the way back the Crane House and the Point. The house was closed so we could not really see much at all. We enjoyed the wild bird center and the Adderly house which was the house the original settler of the land lived in.
Once we got to the point, it was a long hot walk back to the museum and we were too hot and tired to enjoy the museum. It would be better if we had gone earlier in the morning when it was cooler.
Written February 23, 2020
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I am sorry you were disappointed. We are a true hardwood Hammock with walking trails. We had to discontinue trolley tours per Monroe County Guidelines. Again I am so sorry you were disappointed.
Written November 2, 2020
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Mads W
Marathon, FL9 contributions
Jan 2021 • Solo
There aren’t a lot of good walking trails in the middle keys, so if you’re looking for a little hike through the hammock, this is the place to go. The trails are pretty well maintained, but a lot of the things that I’ve highlighted to friends in the past as something that makes it worth it the visit no longer exist. The pool at the entrance used to be filled with tropical fish, but has been empty for quite a few months. The tortoises are still there, but it would be really cool if they could highlight more of the actual wildlife that lives in the keys. The taxidermied dioramas inside the museum are cool, but seeing some live animals would be even cooler!

The best part about Crane Point, and in my opinion the main reason that it is worth visiting and paying admission, is to see the Wild Bird rescue center. It is so cool to see all of the rehabbed birds from the area! They have a lot of raptors as well as pelicans and cormorants. It’s really cool to see them up close! I always make sure to drop money into the donation box at the bird center, too! I’m not sure why crane point doesn’t really advertise the bird rescue that much... I couldn’t even find anything about it in the gift shop/museum entrance, but it is the main reason to visit here!
Written January 22, 2021
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April R
2 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We absolutely loved this place. So many hidden gems around the property. The fish pedicure was a one of a kind experience. The shell and artifact collections are very cool. The trails are mostly shaded. Bring a few quarters to get fish food to feed the fish — there are some beautiful parrotfish off one of the bridges. The lady who cares for the birds in the rescue center is knowledgeable and friendly. The gift shop has unique items and we wanted to spend money there because the place itself was so fantastic. They even sell honey from their beehives. Only downside: there wasn’t much going on with the butterflies or in the butterfly garden. Maybe it’s not the time of year for that...
Written May 28, 2021
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souldancer2
Minneapolis, MN362 contributions
Dec 2022
This is a beautiful gem amidst the busy area of Marathon Keys. We were pleasantly surprised and just expected some trails and the typical state park experience. Instead it offered a museum, beautiful walk, history, a film on its amazing past, and amazing ocean views. We highly recommend!
Written December 29, 2022
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Crane Point Museum & Nature Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM