West Martello Tower, Key West

4.7
#7 of 23 in Parks in Key West
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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  • August 14, 2017
    Place is free and close to beaches. Lots of flowers, plants, water fountain, bathrooms and they give you a map upon entrance for a self guided tour. August 6 was day of visit  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We loved it. Amazing garden in an old fort. They had climbing fig trees which made me feel like I was in Cambodia.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    This is not what we were expecting but it is a very quiet and peaceful place with lots of local pretty flowers and run by volunteers and donations . A nice place right on the ocean .  more »
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  • June 1, 2017
    Wonderful historic fort on the beach here in Key West. Now a beautiful spot run by a non profit Key West Garden Club.
  • January 28, 2017
    I bring all out of town guests here and they love it. The fact that it is completely free in Key West is a bonus. It's right next door to the gorgeous African cemetery, the AIDS memorial, and a nice meal at Salute on the beach.
  • April 14, 2017
    This is a quiet and natural place. The admition is free.
  • June 15, 2016
    They created a beautiful garden inside this small fort. It's free and a must see.
  • February 3, 2017
    Beautiful garden, good seminars too

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To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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