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Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park is a Florida State Park located on 280-acre (1 km2) Lignumvitae Key, one mile west of U.S. 1 (Overseas Highway) at mile marker 78.5, and can be reached only by private boat or tour boat.Use our Islamorada trip builder site to add Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park and other attractions to your Islamorada vacation plans.
The park was also added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 16, 1999, under the designation of Lignumvitae Key Archeological and Historical District. According to the National Register, it contains 3 historic buildings, 3 structures and 8 objects.
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park reviews
My family lived in Miami when I was a kid; we often made day trips to the Keys where we'd rent an old fishing boat. On one of these trips we ate a picnic lunch on this particular key; so many of...
My family lived in Miami when I was a kid; we often made day trips to the Keys where we'd rent an old fishing boat. On one of these trips we ate a picnic lunch on this particular key; so many of... more »
Brought my family and a few friends here and had a great time. Us and another family arrived at the same time that the Park Ranger (that lives on the island) was docking his boat. He (I forget his...
Brought my family and a few friends here and had a great time. Us and another family arrived at the same time that the Park Ranger (that lives on the island) was docking his boat. He (I forget his... more »
I had a great time visiting this park via kayak. I had a day off from work so I thought I would explore a part of the Keys I’d never been. The other reviews aren’t great, but you can have a really nice time if you plan ahead a bit. First, call the number on the Park’s web site to get the latest information. Leave a message if they don’t pick up. They will call you back. When you talk to a ranger, see if they will give you the number for the on-island ranger. That way, you can call directly to the island before you head out to set up your tour and also as an extra safety. I did this and had a one-on-one guided tour of the house and trail. Bring plenty of mosquito repellent, long sleeved clothes, and a mosquito net/hood. The kayaking was not too hard, but is two miles each way and you should be in decent shape. There’s a dock on the north side of the island you can use.
In 1919, William J. Matheson, a wealthy Miami chemist, bought this tiny island and built a caretaker's home with a windmill for electricity and a cistern for rainwater. Today, his hideaway is the visitor center for this island forest. Ranger-guided tours are currently unavailable. However, there is a self-guided tour brochure that visitors can use to learn about the home and other features that dot the lawn. Lignumvitae Key is accessible by boat or kayak only. Boat and kayak rentals are available through local vendors.
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