Part native, part cultivated, Crane Point Hammock is 63 acres of tropical hardwood hammock in the heart of Marathon. Purchased by Francis and Mary Crane in 1949, they added flowering tropical plants and orchids to the hammock. Preserved from development in 1989 by the Florida Keys Land Trust, it is the largest tropical hammock in the Middle Keys.
The Museum and Nature Center show you the natural and cultural history of these islands before you set out through the doors to explore on your own.
Interpretive trails wind through the hammock. The Palm Trail showcases a Florida thatch palm hammock with solution holes and unusual plants like the autograph tree, also known as pitch-apple, and joewood, an endemic slow-growing plant.
The Mangrove Trail leads you into a tunnel of mangroves along a boardwalk. Cultivated queen palms grow near the butterfly meadow, and the tropical hammock surrounds you along the trails that lead to the oldest house built in the Keys outside of Key West, a Bahamian-style tabby
cottage called the Adderley House.
Explore by tram or walk the forest roads out to the Sunset Boardwalk along Florida Bay. It’s here you’ll find the Crane House, with its natural-surface swimming pool filled by the bay. Guided kayak tours are offered on Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons for a fee.