Seasonal Tours: Guided tours are available December through April, Friday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Matheson House
Interior View of Matheson House
Lignumvitae Key Orchid
Trail on Lignumvitae Key
View of Matheson House with tree in foreground.
Interior view of Matheson House living area.
Closeup view of Lignumviate Key orchid.
Rockland Hammock Trails lined with Gumbo Limbo Trees

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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; 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 am and 2 pm, Friday through Sunday. The park is accessible only by private boat or tour boat. Tour boat services, as well as boat and kayak rentals are available through several local vendors.

Please contact the following vendors for island boat tours or kayak rentals:

Eco Tours:

Seamonkeys Watersports (305) 664-4555

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

Easy Adventure Boat Tours (305) 451-8393

Kayak Rentals:

Robbie’s Marina (305) 664-4878

Backcounty Cowboys (305) 517-4177


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