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. 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:
- 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
- Backcounty Cowboys (305) 517-4177