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Crane Point Museum, Nature Center, and Historic Site

Crane Point Museum, Nature Center, and Historic Site Review

Tucked away from the highway behind a stand of trees, Crane Point—part of a 63-acre tract that contains the last-known undisturbed thatch-palm hammock—is delightfully undeveloped. This multiuse facility includes the Museum of Natural History of the Florida Keys, which has displays about local wildlife, a seashell exhibit, and a marine-life display that makes you feel you're at the bottom of the sea. Kids love the replica 17th-century galleon and pirate dress-up room where they can play, and the re-created Cracker House filled with insects, sea-turtle exhibits, and children's activities. On the 1-mi indigenous loop trail, visit the Laura Quinn Wild Bird Center and the remnants of a Bahamian village, site of the restored George Adderly House. It is the oldest surviving example of Bahamian tabby (a concretelike material created from sand and seashells) construction outside of Key West. A boardwalk crosses wetlands, rivers, and mangroves before ending at Adderly Village. From November to Easter, docent-led tours are available; bring good walking shoes and bug repellent during warm weather.

    Contact Information

  • Address: MM 50.5 BS, 5550 Overseas Hwy., Marathon, FL 33050 | Map It
  • Phone: 305/743–9100
  • Cost: $12.50
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. noon–5; call to arrange trail tours
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  • Location: Marathon
Updated: 03-23-2013

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