Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park

The Florida Keys are home to the fifth largest coral reef system in the world. This state park shows where coral used to live when Florida was underwater, hence the name 'fossil'. When you visit, you'll see remains of coral reefs within the geologic makeup of the park. 

fossil remains

Not your average day in the Keys

Many tourists visit the Florida keys for the snorkeling, relaxation, wildlife, and fishing. We all know how difficult it can be to please everyone on a family vacation, but Windley Key makes it a little easier.

  • Spend some time admiring its geology and limestone quarry
  • Explore their five short nature trails throughout this park if you need to escape the urban environment on Islamorada
  • This is a staple birding location; this key is a halfway point for migrating birds flying north or south and you're sure to see a large variety
  • The Florida East Coast Railroad was extended to Key West by Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad- he used this site for stone extraction in the early 1900s. Some of its earliest parts remain at this state park today.