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West Martello Tower, Key West

(4.6/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
Located near the beach and just off a popular bike path, West Martello Tower is the site of a historic fort that's been converted to botanic gardens. The fort's ruins act as a foundation for plant growth, with potted orchids along their base. A single tower left intact gives visitors a view over the adjacent beach and ocean, while the paths around the tower are thick with tropical plant life. Look for the Autograph Tree, where visitors sign their names in the leaves. Entry is free, but donations are accepted to help with upkeep. For West Martello Tower and beyond, use our Key West travel itinerary planner to get the most from your Key West vacation.
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  • It's free to get in but please leave a donation. It's a small but a beautiful serene place built in an old fort that was never finished. The fort was taken over by the garden club in the 50's. It's wo...  more »
  • This is a nice garden tucked away from everything and near the ocean. It has some history and can be done quickly and doesn't take a long time. 
  • Was walking by on the beach and stumbled across this hidden gem. Ran by volunteers (garden club). They only ask for a donation as you depart. Look at all the shared photos and just go