Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Marathon

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#5 of 12 in Wildlife in Marathon
Explore the natural world of the Florida Keys and see how people from different cultures have interacted here at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center. Take a stroll through the native plant species of the tropical hardwood hammock, see a variety of local animals, and visit the wild bird rescue center. The nature center's museum displays recreated habitats and artifacts belonging to various settlers and pioneers, from Calusa Indians to Spanish explorers and pirates. The touch ponds and play area provide entertainment for kids. You can also enter the well-preserved house built by George Adderley, an early-20th century Bahamian pioneer. Much of the nature center is outdoors; bring insect repellent to ward off bugs. Use our Marathon trip itinerary maker to add Crane Point Museum & Nature Center and other attractions to your Marathon vacation plans.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The tour is on a golf cart. Learned about the history of Marathon. Great views. The museum served as great recovery after a very hot day.  more »
  • July 24, 2017
    Based on the reviews we decided to check out the area on the return of Key West. Despite having an interesting Museum. The House of Craines was closed, the muddy trails, a lot of mosquito and, for the price it was, the golf carts should be available.
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  • July 18, 2017
    Expensive for what it is. This should be priced like state parks. Although not one, it's very similar to most I have visited. Saw iguanas, feed fish and saw a ton of spiders. They do have a small Wild...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    Don't miss this place when you are visiting the keys. It is an excellent resource for information on the keys. They have a lot of data on History the natural plants. They have a touch tank for some local marine animals. You can buy a little bag of fish food and feed their Aquarium of tropical fish. And you can take their golf cart tour of the area or walk the trails on a nature walk. There is a bird sanctuary and a museum there as well. They are pet friendly so you can do everything with your puppy.
  • June 1, 2017
    Excellent nature hike. Just long enough to keep both my 18 year old and my 9 year old interested. Good signage. It can be hot so plan accordingly.
  • February 2, 2017
    Beautiful place. The trail are gorgeous, it feels like you're walking through the jungle, and it's one of the few places on the island you can get away from the traffic and people. It was great to see the birds being rehabilitated and to learn about the reasons they ended up there in the first place. It definitely makes you think about the impact you make on the ecosystem. They also gives you the fascinating history of the keys. Definitely recommend going there.
  • May 10, 2017
    Decent trail, comparable to some of the state parks around, but for a higher price. Small aviary exhibits compared to others in the Keys, but they release the birds after rehabilitating them, so that's understandable. Privately funded through admission and donations.
  • May 22, 2017
    Both rustic and paved hiking paths, beautiful scenery, and a wild bird hospital offer plenty of educational opportunities. A great escape from the conventional tourist traps.

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