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Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

Address: U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 78.5, 77200 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: 305-664-0655
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Ranked #10 of 22 Attractions in Islamorada
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks

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Porter, Indiana
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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Our Ranger was a retired firefighter who has learned the history of the Key and picked up quite a bit of information about the flora. Poisonwood, Ironwood, Gumbo Limbo and the Strangler Fig were just a few of names that stand out. Quite interesting!

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New England
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233 reviews 233 reviews
114 attraction reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Note, you cannot visit the Matheson House or the trails except during tours. There were only 2 tours per day, so check and keep this in mind if you are kayaking over. The tour of the 1919 Matheson House and the island trail, given by a ranger, was both informative and enjoyable. The house had original furnishings and artifacts, as... More 

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Gatesville, TX
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Good boat ride out to the island. A nice bit of history here. Mosquitoes got me a bit! Remover the mosquito repellant! Enjoyed the visit.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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481 reviews 481 reviews
232 attraction reviews
406 helpful votes 406 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

My wife and I, with some friends, padded to this island park in rented kayaks, which we hauled down from Broward County. There are kayaks for rent in the Keys. The kayaks are a good way to circumnavigate the island and get close to the mangroves. We spotted a ray on the paddle to the island and some dolphin on... More 

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Islamorada, Florida
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

They won't let you run around on the Island unescorted, and the tours are infrequent and too short, IMHO. Still, it is interesting, since there really isn't anything like it in the Keys.

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Yalaha, Florida, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Very interesting, nice kayak ride to key. Don't leave lunch in your boat or kayak, the raccoons have figured it out, easy hunting. They took or lunch out of our soft sided cooler. Very nice park to visit and ranger very friendly.

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Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The trees, ooooooooooooooo the trees. Lignum Vitae is the most beautiful wook on earth. it's striations and colors are made only by nature. the small pieces we picked up from the ground are treasures we'll never loose. this place is great for everyone just needing a reason to hug a tree, literally.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This place is beautiful and you will so much wildlife while you're there! We saw an eagle on our last trip. It's a great place for people into birding.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took our friends to this park last weekend while we were killing some time before going to one of our favorite watering holes, The Hungy Tarpon! We did a nice walk around the island, taking in what life must have been like back in the 1800's when Captain Housman was alive and well. It's hard to believe that they... More 

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76 reviews 76 reviews
17 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We took our boat out the this park. Its best to go on a calm day because docking can be tricky. There is a fee to enter. Take BUG SPRAY! The park ranger greeted us quickly and gave us fantastic tour of the house. If you get a chance pick up a copy of Charlottes Story, it is about the... More 

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