Trip Planner:   USA  /  Florida  /  Florida Keys  /  Key West  /  West Martello Tower

West Martello Tower, Key West

#8 of 24 in Parks in Key West
Scenic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Garden
Located near the beach and just off a popular bike path, West Martello Tower is the site of a historic fort that's been converted to botanic gardens. The fort's ruins act as a foundation for plant growth, with potted orchids along their base. A single tower left intact gives visitors a view over the adjacent beach and ocean, while the paths around the tower are thick with tropical plant life. Look for the Autograph Tree, where visitors sign their names in the leaves. Entry is free, but donations are accepted to help with upkeep. Put West Martello Tower at the forefront of your travel plans using our Key West trip planner.
Create an itinerary including West Martello Tower
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

West Martello Tower reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
612 reviews
  • We were not expecting much, but what we found was a garden paradise that was free and well taken care of. The grounds are close to being impeccable. We highly recommend a short stop there.  more »
  • We were walking along the beach path when we stumbled across this lovely garden. We have been coming to Key West for years and never knew this was here. The gardens are beautiful, and there are...  more »
  • Love this place. Beautiful gardens mixed with interesting ruins of the old west martello tower. Parking is easy. Adjacent to other fun spots to see and spend time at. Sad to see that the giant banyan tree over the arch did not survive the hurricane a couple years ago.
  • Gardens were beautiful. Cute little walk that’s great for couples or families. It’s free and only took us about 20 minutes to see everything.

Plan your trip to Key West

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.