Crane Point Museum & Nature Center - Marathon, FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member krazykatzen
N 24° 43.011 W 081° 04.542
17R E 492343 N 2733597
Quick Description: An excellent museum and nature preserve on Marathon Key. It also contains the Wild Bird Center.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/10/2008 8:24:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM34TP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 26

Long Description:
This is an excellent museum and park!
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The museum has everything from spanish galleon treasure to a whale skull pierced by a marlin's "beak". Just outside is a series of outdoor aquariums with fish, crabs, corals, and other invertebrates. There is a sea shell collection and bee hive, interpretive nature trails, butterfly garden, historic homestead, and nice ocean overlooks.

A wild bird rehabilitation hospital has a peregrine falcon, red-shouldered hawk, pelicans, gulls, cormorants, herons, and terns. The recovering birds are in outdoor cages that allow a great chance to observe their behavior.
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The park is located at Mile Marker 50.5 on US Hwy 1, bayside. Check their website for guided bird walks and other programs. The wild bird center is also seeking material donations, so please consider contacting them and bringing much needed supplies on your visit.

Note: Sunday hours are only noon-5pm.
Hours: From: 9:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Open Year Round?: yes

Interpretive Programs?: yes

Live Animal Displays: yes

Visit Instructions:
Visitors should visit the Nature Center and post a photo of themselves (or GPS unit) either inside or outside of the nature center visited. Logs without photos WILL be allowed if a lenghty description of one's visit and a mention of what they learned is included.
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