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Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
+1 305-664-2540
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The best thing to see in the Keys

Hardly anyone comes here, which is a good thing. I guess most people come to the Keys for the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
peterdavies2016
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Toronto, Canada
Small park with fossil reef

This Florida state geological park costs$2.50/ person entrance fee. It features a small rock quarry... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jronkowski
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Chicago, Illinois
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Nature trails and fossilized coral reefs are the highlights of this park.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good43%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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Mile Marker 84.5, Windley Key, Islamorada, FL 33036
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hardly anyone comes here, which is a good thing. I guess most people come to the Keys for the weather, to relax (or party), and nothing else! This place is very interesting, for the few visitors who have any interest in nature.

Thank peterdavies2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This Florida state geological park costs$2.50/ person entrance fee. It features a small rock quarry with coral and shell fossils and a short nature trail thru the forest but near the road. There is a small nature exhibit/ museum. If you need to stretch your...More

Thank jronkowski
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We like to hike so we stopped here before dropping into Theater of the Sea on vacation. This is a small park with much to offer, with several short and very manageable trails, several quarries you can explore and see lots of coral and limestone...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It cost only $2.50 per person and is worth the stop. Our kids 12, 11 and 9 enjoyed seeing all the fossils, different plant life and a snake skin that remained in one of the crevices on the coral fossil wall. Self guided all day...More

Thank Amy H
Reviewed 8 August 2017

If you're not in to geology, this might not strike your fancy. If you have kids, they might find all the fossils fascinating. If you wonder where all those rocks for Flager's Overseas Railroad come from, this just might help answer your questions. Picnic area...More

Thank pdfan11946
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Got to the park early in the morning Saturday. They allowed us to just walk. Great for a walk and talk. Empty trails cost 2.50 per person.

Thank Kerry F
Reviewed 9 July 2017

We've driven past this a million times, but finally stopped -- the entrance sneaks up on you even with the signs. The exhibit room was closed so the ranger could have lunch, so we had our own lunch at one of the picnic tables and...More

1  Thank Neliza D
Reviewed 19 June 2017

If you need a diversion from fishing, spend an hour or so here. It provides an interesting history of the Keys related to the building of the railroad. They provide an informative book/guide that corresponds to markers along the trails, so you can learn about...More

2  Thank ReviewMom
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

We loved this place. Great little trails and the ranger who worked in the visitor center was great. You get your own guide book and you navigate yourself. Lots of ground wasps but they don't sting. Just walk through them. Be ready for large spiders...More

1  Thank Heather M
Reviewed 10 June 2017

I'd recommend this park to families, visitors and for school field trips. It's small enough that you don't get exhausted or overwhelmed but big enough that you learn something new and get to see some very cool rocks! I visited the park with a guide...More

Thank Maggie M
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Angie N
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Bring your best deet based repellant. Big black mosquitoes, they do not seem to like coppertone scent for some reason.
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