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“Truly A Must for Eco Tourists”

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center
Ranked #8 of 49 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
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Truly A Must for Eco Tourists”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

We were told of this nature reserve by tourists we met at Bahia Honda State Park. We visited a coupe days later and were not disappointed. It is wonderful to have a look at what the Keys looked like before developement.

Visited October 2012
Thank Wayne D
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Palm Coast, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“price was very high for what you got. we paid $10 each with discount coupons. All we did was walked down a dirt path.”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

Ads build thid place up to be a very serene walk with Mother Nature. All we did was walk down a path (dirt) for about 1 mile or so. We expected to see much of Mother nature and her charm. We did see a few birds that were rescued. But it was poorly kept. Saw the crane home. Which was boarded up and l ooked as if it really needed maintenance on it. THE ONLY time was enjoyable was the wooden path we strolled down. Brochure makes you think you are walking around a waterway with bridge style wooden path. It is nice....until you get to the end. THEN YOU HAVE TO TURN AROUND AND RETREAT THE SAME WAY. Also was told we would see the butterfly santuary....We saw 2 zebra butterlies flying on the path....SAVE YOUR MONEY.

Visited October 2012
Thank jackpalmcoast13
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Key Colony Beach, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Beautiful Nature Trails out to Gulf Side Point”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

In the middle of Marathon....great nature trails through the mangroves and jungles out of a beautiful point in the gulf. We love to take our dog Darby there for long walks out to the point. This is a terrific place to view the way the keys must have been 500 years ago! Small indian village on trail....

Visited September 2012
1 Thank MrPeabody1
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Milford, Michigan
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great trails”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

The Crane Point Museum was great if you are more of a nature person. There are many trails to walk and it is full of information about the Keys and Marathon Florida. The Nature Center was not open when we were there. I would be careful when walking down the unbeaten paths/trails since you might find spiders. They are big and scary looking but they will not actually bother you. I almost walked right into one so I figured I could warn anyone else who might want to walk down the same trails. The trails were beautiful though since you can see the coral grow right out of the ground.

Visited August 2012
1 Thank Sandra M
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Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Paradise within Paradise”
Reviewed August 18, 2012

Certainly there is the ocean and the gulf, but there is another side of Marathon that often gets overlooked. Nestled in the middle of Marathon is a beautiful retreat from the boats, sea-doos, and bathing suits. A wonderful place to get back to nature and get some exercise while you're at it. Crane Point.
Take your time going through this visual wonderland; you never know what you just might see. Those skittering footsteps just might be a pre-historic lizard monster or a fuzzy squirrel. Make sure you take your camera - maybe a pair of binoculars too.
Stop by the bird rescue center and take in a cool breeze on the sunset boardwalk.
Crane Point is definitely worth the time and certainly worth more than the cost of admission.

Visited August 2012
Thank Onyrdime
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