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“great stop while exploring the Keys”

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
Ranked #13 of 61 things to do in Islamorada
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
Santa Fe NM
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“great stop while exploring the Keys”
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
Level 6 Contributor
334 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Most informative and educational, fun too.”
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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Hernando, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“An interesting walk”
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
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice educational walk in the shade”
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
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great educational opportunity and nice trails”
Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

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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