Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday
$2.50 per person visitors 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; most of these forests have been lost to development on other islands.
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 given December through April. Tours are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
Lignumvitae Key is accessible by boat or kayak only. Boat and kayak rentals are available through several local vendors:
Island Boat Tour Operators
- Seamonkeys 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
People Make the Parks
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