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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

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Address: Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: +1 305-664-2540
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09:00 - 17:00
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Thu - Mon 09:00 - 17:00
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.

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Tired of water and sun?

Then this is a great distraction! We are not really into history for the sake of history but when partnered with a nice leisurely walk, we're game. Strapped on the babies and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ryan B
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Denver, Colorado, USA
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Denver, Colorado, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Then this is a great distraction! We are not really into history for the sake of history but when partnered with a nice leisurely walk, we're game. Strapped on the babies and hit the trail for a shaded 1.75 mile "hike." We walked south to north, hitting all the trails, and then back again the long way. Nice change of... More 

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Estero, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Probably 99.9% pass by here not knowing what they are missing. This is a spectacular piece of history and geology. This seems unique to me for the keys in that it offers something different to see. The walls are fascinating to look at with all the different facets of corals to look at. The trails are enjoyable but bring the... More 

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Hitchcock, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

With a family of rock hounds, this was a must see stop!! Small park with a little visitor center and lots of self-guided trails through the fossil rock quarry area. Impressive fossil coral formations and nice nature trails. A must see for rock hounds, plus you can purchase a small quarried block of fossil coral in the gift shop!

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songbird45
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Small but beautiful park with paths through mangrove forest and a walk within quarry walls. Good archaeological information.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This is only a small park with about 5 short (less than half a mile each) interpretive trails. The range was very friendly and helpful. They give you a very detailed interpretation guide to borrow. We did one trail with over 50 information points, very interesting. Bring bug spray.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is a cool spot. We explored the visitors center a bit, looked at the quarry, and then spent most of our time walking the trails. At the visitors center, they give you a little trail guide to take with you, which is awesome because it tells you all about each of the trees that you pass. And the trees... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

Our son is interested in rocks and fossils so this was especially interesting to us. It was hot day so only a short walk on a trail was all we could do -but it was fascinating

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

This was a very unique activity! I loved seeing ancient corals and plants from the past. I posed next to my favorite coral, brain coral! It was if we were on a coral scavenger hunt!

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Spent a couple of hours exploring the Windley Key Fossil Reef Park with the family and we found it to be very enjoyable - both in terms of looking at the fossils in the stone quarry and exploring the flora in the park. The park is just off the highway on Islamorada. It has a large parking area and a... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Do not visit in the hot summer months unless you like mosquitoes but the is a great cool weather place to visit. We all had fun walking in the woods and exploring the equipment.

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