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“Great local history but in need of TLC”

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Ranked #8 of 50 things to do in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This nature reserve contains evidence of pre-Columbian civilization and was once the site of an Indian village.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Florida Keys
Level Contributor
76 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great local history but in need of TLC”
Reviewed June 28, 2012 via mobile

Crane Point is a combination Florida Keys history museum and nature trails leading around and through a hardwood hammock. The museum is small but has some nice exhibits and wonderful artifacts that are in need of a little attention. The Adderley House, nestled back in the hammock, is an original pioneer home and the oldest African-American residence standing in the Keys is AMAZING and alone worth the trip. There is also a wild bird rescue and rehabilitation center on the grounds housing some fascinating residents with sad stories. The low point is a tie between the abandoned education center - rundown, boarded up - and the Crane House itself: the Frank Lloyd Wright style mansion built by the original owners of the property who designated it as a sanctuary. They would likely turn over in their graves if they saw their former home. Apparently now intern or staff housing, there is laundry hanging from every railing and garbage strewn all around. This amazing building could easily become a conference center or offer classrooms for Eco-education groups if somebody sat down and wrote a grant. Instead it is being used for storage and falling into hopeless disrepair. It sadly tarnishes what is otherwise a potentially amazing facility in a gorgeous and spectacular setting. Do visit and enjoy the wonder of the Keys' environment and history - but be sure to ask them to Please! Save Crane Point!

3 Thank MysteriousIslander
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English first
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101 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Little Gem in the keys”
Reviewed June 14, 2012

What a treasure! Visit Crane Point and check out the local history and beauty in the natural hammock. The short 10 minute film is very well done and the museum is a nice introduction to the history of the Florida Keys. When it is not to hot it is nice to walk the grounds and see the bird rescue center, the two historical houses on the property and look at nature at it's best. I understand they are thinking about adding a zip line -- I think this would be PERFECT!!!!

Visited May 2012
2 Thank Nonnaonthego
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Cleveland, Ohio
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180 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“R U Ready to Walk”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Basically a Keys nature trail with a museum and gift shop inside. Start inside and learn about the history of the area and animals before you take to the trail. Read the map first to get your bearings and you'll learn a lot about the plants, trees, animals and early settlers. We found the Bahaman village fascinating. The hardships endured by these early settlers using smudge pots for relief from constant hoards of mosquitoes alone must have been maddening. I'll stop there as there are more things for you to discover on the trail. Bring good running shoes, the trail is 1.5 miles long.

Visited January 2012
1 Thank Solo2112
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Houghton, Michigan
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120 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Go on the free admission days!”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

You can't ride a bike through it and it's $11 to get in except on infrequent special community occasions, such as the 100-year celebration of the Flagler Railroad in early 2012. Admission to the gift shop is free, though, and very interesting.

Visited February 2012
1 Thank Cyndi P
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North Scituate, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Giant spiders!!”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

An interesting walk and you will learn a lot about the vegetation and a little history as well. The museum is good, giftshop is nice, some of the outdoor exhibits were a little run down. They have some amazing birds in a rehab center. But the biggest (literally) attraction are the giant spiders which stretch their webs across the trails. My husband and I are big babies so we walked hunched over down the trails like goofs. It was a nice spot to take a walk and learn a few things about the area.

Visited April 2012
1 Thank khayes91
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