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Lignumvitae Key - Boat Tours

Tour boat service to the island is available through several local charters. Ranger-guided tours of the island are available December through April, 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.

Please contact the following vendors for information on island boat tours.

Boat Tours:

Seamonkeys Watersports (305) 664-4555

KeyZ Charters at Robbie’s Marina (305) 393-1394

Easy Adventure Boat Tours (305) 451-8393

Robbie’s Marina (305) 664-4878

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Lignumvitae Key - Boating

Visitors can rent powerboats and kayaks from several 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 opportunities to see a variety of wildlife from dolphins and manatees to sharks and rays.

Boat Rentals:

Robbie’s Marina (305) 664-4878

A1A Watersports and Boat Rentals (305) 664-8182

Kayak Rentals:

Robbie’s Marina (305) 664-4878

Backcounty Cowboys (305) 517-4177

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Lignumvitae Key - Canoeing and Kayaking

Visitors may access the island by canoe or kayak.

Kayaks can be rented from the following vendors:

Kayak Rentals:

Robbie’s Marina (305) 664-4878

Backcounty Cowboys (305) 517-4177

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Lignumvitae Key - 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. All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and 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.

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Lignumvitae Key - Snorkeling

Some local charters 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.

For more information on snorkeling tours, please contact the following vendors.

Seamonkeys Watersports (305) 664-4555

KeyZ Charters at Robbie’s Marina (305) 393-1394

Easy Adventure Boat Tours (305) 451-8393

Robbie’s Marina (305) 664-4878

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Lignumvitae Key - Tours

Guided walks are available December through April. Tours last 1.5 hours, are given at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. The tour fee is $2.00 per adult and 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.

 

Participation Requirements

Ranger-led Trail Tour

In order to participate in this program, one:

  • Must have ability to board and disembark from boat transportation independently or with the assistance of a companion and/or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have ability to traverse trail terrain independently or with the assistance of a companion for approximately 1/3-mile or 1,896 feet.
  • Must have the ability to tolerate warm to hot humid temperatures.
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of approximately 1½ hours.
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Lignumvitae Key - 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.

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Lignumvitae Key - Wildlife Viewing

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