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Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

 Activities at Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

Boat Tours

Boat Tours

Tour boat service to the island is available through "Robbie's Marina." For reservations and fees, please call (305) 664-9814. Tour boat departs 1/2-hour before listed tour times. Ranger-guided tours of the island are available Friday through Sunday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Please note: In order to protect the fragile natural resources of the island, trail access is restricted to guided tours.

Boating

Boating

Visitors can rent powerboats and kayaks from "Robbie's Marina" or a number of other local marinas. Knowledge of the channels is critical because of the surrounding shallow grass flats. Kayaks and canoes can float across most flats offering spectacular chances to see a variety of wildlife from dolphins and manatees to sharks and rays.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Canoeing & Kayaking

Visitors may access the island by boat, canoe or kayak.

Fishing

Fishing

Anglers can fish for a variety of species from Bonefish on the flats, to Tarpon in the channels. Snapper, Spanish Mackerel and Snook are also found in the area. Caribbean Spiny Lobster and Stone Crab are also found in the waters surrounding the park and can be harvested when in season. A Florida saltwater fishing license, with special stamps for Lobster and Snook, may be required. Fishing may be done around the island, but not within 100 feet of the nearest dock.

Snorkeling

Snorkeling

Some local marinas, as well as "Robbie's Marina," run Eco-tours that involve brief stops at the island and snorkeling in the area around the island and out on the reef. Remember, all snorkeling requires a 'Diver-Down flag. All snorkeling must be conducted 100 feet from the nearest dock.

Tours

Tours

Guided walks that last 1.5 hours are given at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. The tour fee is $2 per adult. The tour fee is in addition to the entrance fee which is $2.50 per person. Access to the Key for these tours is limited to privately owned boats or charter boats available at nearby marinas. For reservations call (305) 664-9814. Tour boat departs 30 minutes before listed tour times.

Please note: In order to protect the fragile natural resources of the island, trail access is restricted to guided tours.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

The Matheson House, built in 1919, serves as the park's Visitor Center and offers a glimpse of how island people lived during a 'simpler' time when most of their needs were met by the land and sea around them. The Visitor Center is open Friday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

A variety of shore, wading and migratory birds may be viewed on the island.