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Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Marathon

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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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A large resort is an ideal choice for a family vacation. These vacation complexes often have a pool and provide a wide range of activities to keep children entertained. Marathon’s small hotels or inns are good options for a more romantic break. Renting a private waterfront vacation property provides a luxurious home away from home for those with time for a longer visit.
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  • I have been to the Keys at least 100 times, and never knew this was here. I am so delighted my sister in Phoenix found it and asked if we could stop while she was visiting. I LOVE old Florida history ...  more »
  • We spent about 90 minutes here on a very hot day visiting the rescued bird center and museum plus doing a self guided walk of the site where we learned about the various flora and faun of he keys and ...  more »
  • We were pleasantly surprised - we stopped on impulse to stretch our legs on our trip down the key. We took the guided tour and were very glad we did - it was informative and fun. This is a beautiful p...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.