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Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

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Address: U.S. 1 at Mile Marker 78.5, 77200 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
Phone Number: 305-664-0655
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Interesting place to visit while in the Keys

I signed up for "Snorkeling and Adventure trip" through Theater of the Sea and one of the places our boat captain took us to was Lignumvitae. It was a really nice trip (my family... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Boston
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116 reviews 116 reviews
44 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I signed up for "Snorkeling and Adventure trip" through Theater of the Sea and one of the places our boat captain took us to was Lignumvitae. It was a really nice trip (my family had the boat to ourselves!). The island has some interesting history and it was interesting to see a house made out of coral bedrock.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

You are welcomed a guide who will give you alot of historical and botanical information and he makes it more interesting with humor! It's a beautiful place. We took the boat tour from Robbie's and enjoyed the 3 hour tour.

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Porter, Indiana
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23 helpful votes 23 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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114 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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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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37 helpful votes 37 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
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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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32 helpful votes 32 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
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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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