Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday
$2.50 per person visitor fee, $2 per person tour fee
Welcome to Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
The virgin tropical hardwood hammock that thrives on this island was once common on most of Florida's Upper Keys.
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 here 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.
Island Boat Tour Operators
- Sea Monkeys Watersports, 305-664-4555
- KeyZ Charters at Robbie’s Marina, 305-393-1394
- Easy Adventure Boat Tours, 305-451-8393
- Theater of the Sea - Adventure and Snorkel Cruise, 305-664-2431