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West Martello Tower

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West Martello Tower

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TonyK300 wrote a review Sep 2020
New Jersey1,881 contributions266 helpful votes
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This former battery tower built in the late 1800's by Federal troops is now being maintained as a garden of exotic flora and cacti. Walk the pathways through differently themed garden areas and relax in the cool shade of the many plants and trees. This attraction is maintained by the KW Garden Club and is free to the public. Kudos to all the volunteers who keep this property beautiful. When in Key West, these gardens will put a smile on your face. Easy to get to with plenty of parking
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Jerry L wrote a review Mar 2020
Michigan256 contributions74 helpful votes
Nice garden inside an old fort. Lovely plants. Worth the stop especially since it's free! Some construction still going on but it didn't hinder our visit.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from coconutheadKW, Liaison to trip advisor at West Martello Tower
Responded Sep 13, 2020
Thank you for your kind review. We wanted everyone to know that our construction is completed. Also to let you know that our latest addition to the garden is a labyrinth and we invite everyone to meaner around this newest treasure. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. See it in photos just posted.
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Lovtorun wrote a review Feb 2020
Midwest445 contributions101 helpful votes
This is one of the few places we visited in Key West that was disappointing. I had read that the buildings were under construction, and the gardens were nice but a small area for the distance we walked to get there. There is no charge although they welcome donations for the garden club.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from coconutheadKW, Liaison with trip adviser at West Martello Tower
Responded Mar 1, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are sorry that you were disappointed. Our fort is an acre of land with a beautiful garden among the fort ruins. The fort is being rehabbed and rebuilt, but visitors can bypass the construction and wander all over the gardens. The crew outside are re-pointing all the brick and rebuilding all the arches. It is fascinating to see the work being done. The crew inside are repairing and replacing the partially collapsed ceilings in the historic ammunition bunkers. Once completed the fort that surrounds the gardens will be restore to its historic condition. In the meantime for anyone reading this, excuse our construction which should be completed in a few months and have a pleasant walk through the beautiful gardens.
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B1714D wrote a review Feb 2020
Belgrade, Serbia8,176 contributions2,059 helpful votes
The West Martello tower is set on the southern part of KW, belonging to terrific botanical gardens inside the Gardens club (see that review) which is free to enter. It's a nice place to visit if you're in the area. The gardens and the tower are only a short walk from the southernmost marker and right by the Higgs beach.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Josie H wrote a review Jan 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
Some really interesting plants! I didn't expect some of the HUGE plants we saw. enjoyable to see. Construction at the main entrance was annoying but it looks like they are making improvements so necessary.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from coconutheadKW, Liaison to Trip Advisor at West Martello Tower
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Our fort is being rehabbed and rebuilt, but visitors can bypass the construction and wander all over the gardens. The crew outside are re-pointing all the brick and rebuilding all the arches. It is fascinating to see the work being done. The crew inside are repairing and replacing the partially collapsed ceilings in the historic ammunition bunkers. Once completed the fort that surrounds the gardens will be restore to its historic condition. In the meantime excuse our construction which should be completed in a few months and have a pleasant walk through the gardens.
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