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Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Marathon

Categories: Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web
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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  • It was cool to see the history of the area in a short video before entering the park. It was hot and humid, although the canopy protects you from direct sunlight. By the end of the short hike, everyon...  read more »
  • Not sure I needed to pay $15 per adult to complete what is essentially a walk in a park. It took about 2hrs at a gentle stroll and although it was hot, there is plenty of natural shade from the tree c...  read more »
  • A piece of natural Florida landscape. Call ahead to book their trolley tour which was entertaining and informative. The museum is small but wide ranging and fully air conditioned. 
  • I should be giving this place 5 stars. You're able to walk through a native Floridian coastal landscape. Mostly great signage brings meaning to everything you see. However, I can't figure out why it's called Crane's Point. Sure the Crane family built a house there in the 60s. If they had donated the land for the museum, maybe it's worth the name. But the real person it should be named after is George Adderly a Bahamian who in the early 1900s started a settlement there (now his house is interesting to look at). What Adderly and his fellow Bahamians went through to scrape together a life in the keys, is truly worthy of naming the point, the museum, etc. after him. It's not a state or national park. You'll figure that out almost instantly. Map has details left out (Hammock Loop?). Museum can't even place the exhibits in chronological order. Still a great walk. Very big on donors leaving memorial plaques in the gardens next to the museum. Takes on a cemetery feel, walk past butterfly garden, hammock loop to get on Adderly lane. You're not alone, if you find Adderly lane a bit hard to find.
  • Even in the rain this place was great. The trails are nice. Tons of little exhibits too see. Lots of history about the area and the keys in general. There were also large schools of fish at the point. The bird rehab center is also great! And this dosent include the museum and gift shop which is small but worth the visit. Spend about 3 hours here and we still had to rush so that goes to show there is a lot to see and enjoy! Less than $15 per person, this place is well worth the money. I've always past by it and never went inside, I'm glad I did!
  • Just spent a great evening looking at the night sky at the night sky program. There were telescopes to look at the stars and good stories about the stars and constellations. Thank you to Libby and Jeff for a fun evening. P. S. Don't forget your binoculars and bug spray.
  • Awesome Experience! The place is mostly run by volunteers who love what they do. I had a great time hiking the trails with my dog and learned some really cool facts that I didn't know before! They are extremely dog friendly, they even let my dog into the museum which was definitely worth checking out!
  • Great! We joined a tour given by Jimmy Dean. He was very informative. We learned a lot from him and make us appreciate nature a lot more. This tour has limited space available so make sure to reserve a spot. You can always walk the trail by yourself but won't be as interesting.
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