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West Martello Tower

Atlantic Blvd and White St, Key West, FL 33040
+1 305-294-3210
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Ranked #15 of 82 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Gardens
Description: Tropical gardens set in an old fort
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

My mother is a history nut, so we we were excited to visit the West Martello Tower. I started the free phone tour, which was very interesting. But I had to cut it off because the man running the front desk started to give us extensive information about the gardens. He was so, so nice, I didn't want it running... More

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coconutheadKW, Trip Advisor Liaison at West Martello Tower, responded to this review

We are sorry that you rated West Martello Tower with only 3 stars. Visitors primarily interested in history should be aware that there are 3 Civil War era forts in Key West. Ft. Zachery Taylor and East Martello Tower are focussed on history primarily, whereas, West Martello Tower is the home of Key West Garden Club, a botanical garden which... More

Belleville, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We toured this site and had a great time. The lady at the desk gave us 50% off tickets due to some minor construction going on. Very interesting place, and do not forget to ask Roberts permission to take his picture. Ha!

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coconutheadKW, Trip Advisor Liaison at West Martello Tower, responded to this review

Please be aware that this review is for Fort East Martello Museum where Robert the Doll resides. The East Martello Tower is home to Key West Garden Club and houses a botanical tropical garden. It is free to the public and is open 7 days a week. More

Port Charlotte, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Really enjoyed the gardens along with the fort. We were lucky enough to see the worlds largest orchid that they had on loan at the time. Also nice to see something that's actually free although they do appreciate donations.

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Fleming Island, Florida
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135 reviews 135 reviews
35 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

A very relaxing stroll through this old fort with beautiful scenery. Not much of a fort really but nice location on the beach and a wonderful variety of plant species. They also had a very fragrant huge orchid which was a sight to behold. There was no charge but they do accept donations.

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The Key West Garden Club landscapes and maintains this historic fort. The combination of gardens and old brick architecture is haunting and completely unique. It is free (donation appreciated) and right on a nice wide bike trail making it a beautiful, relaxing stop near Higgs Beach.

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Lakeland, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The tower is now open and local gardeners have filled the grounds with original fauna. The tower is such a big part of Key West history. It is beautiful and has the most fantastic view of the ocean.

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Gulf Breeze, Florida, United States
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115 reviews 115 reviews
59 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Volunteers do keep the gardens up and they are beautiful. An old fort over looking the ocean. A great place to go during the small rain showers. Located at Higgs beach close to Salute restaurant. They do give out maps to get around the property. The people there are very friendly and full of information. Check it out!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

So wonderful to see such a beautiful display of flowers and plants over looking the ocean, worth a trip and next to the beach as well!

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Columbia, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Pretty sure this is where the Garden Club gardens are... free, which is always good and nice gardens and historical information.

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Shenandoah, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This place is totally free to visit and it's a great little place to visit. The gardens are kept up by the Key West people and they are beautiful.

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