Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

One mile west of U.S.1 at Mile Marker 78.5, Access is by private boat or charter boats at nearby marinas, Islamorada, FL 33036

Resting within the central Floriday Keys, Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park is home to one of the Key's last tropical hardwood hammock forests. William J. Matheson, a wealthy Miami chemist, bought the tiny island and built a caretaker's home (now the visitors center), added electricity through a windmill, and collected rainwater in a cistern. The 280-acre island can only be reached by boat or a guided tour from Robbie's Marina on nearby Islamorada; twice daily, guides showcase the park's 1919 coquina house and outbuildings. Be sure to use bug spray to ward off mosquitoes.

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