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Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 78.5, P.O. Box 1052, Islamorada, FL 33036
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Ranked #9 of 21 attractions in Islamorada
Type: State Parks
Most recent review
- Jun 5, 2014
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Big Pine Key, FL
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

we kayaked out from a spot along the overseas highway. the trip out didn't take long tho it may look like a long way off. the water was clear, you could see lots of marine life along the way, and even take a swim break as we did. we beached by the dock and walked up to a big clearing... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

The house is small and cool to look around. The island is beautiful. Ranger Marty took us on a great tour that he had extensive knowledge of the plant life on the planet. Interesting to learn about Poison Wood, Lignumvite and Strangle Ficus. HOWEVER, everyone warned us to take bug spray. We sprayed prior to going over and left the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

We took the trip from Robbys and can highly recommend this tour. The house is something unlike I've ever seen before, and the tour by the park ranger is enjoyable, fun and educational. However, take so,e spray for Mosquitos as there are hundreds of the things!

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East Orleans, Massachusetts
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55 reviews 55 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

After visiting Indian Key, we boated on to Lignumvitae Key for a tour of the sole house on the island with a state ranger. The ranger was very informative and the house alone worth the visit: a mid-19th century elite cottage with lots of artifacts from the original owner's (Matheson) collection. Very good history, a neat grand cottage with original... More

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Islamorada, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Take a boat ride over from Robby's and visit the park - or come over in your own boat. Unfortunately, you can't roam the island on your own, and they only offer short but interesting guided tours twice daily, so check their website for the times.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We kayaked to the island from Robbie's marina. The paddle was a little more vigorous than we expected, but well worth the trip. We enjoyed touring the home on the island and learning about it's history. The park ranger was very friendly and informative. He gave us ideas of other sites to visit while in the keys. We did not... More

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7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Only available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Only 50 people allowed on island, and only 25 allowed in the forest. Interesting couple of hours if you are interested in the trees of the Keys. They have a dozen of the largest trees of certain species. All tours must be with the park ranger. If June to October, make sure you are... More

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Boynton Beach, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We took our kayak over and thoroughly enjoyed touring the building. It was a rather long paddle and of course it can be reached by motorized vessels - there are docks available. We were not able to explore any of the key itself and you have to be sure to take bug repellent as the mosquitoes can be quite ferocious... More

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Denver, Colorado
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

This was a very pleasant and informative island to tour and Robin from the state park was very welcoming. We enjoyed hearing about the history of the island and home, and seeing the unusual tree life. Peaceful and picturesque setting.

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Central MN
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Happened upon this park while a local botanical group (I think) was sponsoring an annual fund raising event. We were told the boat trip/park fee was normally around $37 but we participated for much less this day. 15 minute boat ride and I believe the tours with a park ranger are normally about 1.5 hours. We enjoyed our abbreviated version,... More

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