Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
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, 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.
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.
Kayak Rental Providers
Plan Your Visit
Lignumvitae Key Island Tour
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Photo Gallery
Seagrass Ecosystem of Lignumvitae Key
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