Crane Point Museum & Nature Center, Marathon

4.3
#4 of 10 in Parks 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. Plan your Crane Point Museum & Nature Center visit and explore what else you can see and do in Marathon using our Marathon day trip planner.
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  • This was our first time to Crane Point. Museum and Nature Center. We loved it! The museum is great. There is much to do and see here. We enjoyed the hike out to the point. There are trails through Man...  more »
  • We dropped in on our way from Key West to the mainland . This attraction is worthwhile especially if you are a history or nature fan. Unique is the well preserved Adderley House which is an excellent ...  more »
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  • Mud. Mud. Mud. We took our dogs to the Crane Point Nature Center the day after a heavy rain. The trails are rugged and beautiful, but we had to pick our way through the mud (that was our fault for going at a bad time!). While there is a boardwalk, you do have to walk through dirt/wooded trails to get there. Be aware that there is a long walk; little children and old dogs might become tired -- I ended up picking up my (very muddy) 10 pound dog and walked her back to the car when she decided she couldn't walk anymore. I wanted to get to the point and watch the sunset from the boardwalk, but I had to leave early because my dog got too tired. I'll definitely go back the next time I am in town...but not the day after a storm!
  • Great place to see how the Keys used to be. Explanations of nature along the walking paths are exceptionally clear and concise. Beautiful!

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