West Martello Tower, Key West

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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. Put West Martello Tower at the forefront of your travel plans using our Key West trip planner .
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  • My husband and I had our Wedding Reception at West Martello in June. The gardens are stunning, peaceful, and romantic. Unfortunately, the Banyan Tree was destroyed during Hurricane Irma, but there are...  more »
  • Built as part of the Key West harbor defenses prior to the Civil War, the fort as an interesting history and contains several exhibits related to the development of Key West itself. As well as the for...  more »
  • Sadly, Irma took out their main attraction, the huge tree with all the roots everywhere, and part of the brick archway. They had done a lot of cleanup, and we enjoyed walking around.  more »
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  • Wonderful historic fort on the beach here in Key West. Now a beautiful spot run by a non profit Key West Garden Club.
  • 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.
  • This is a quiet and natural place. The admition is free.
  • They created a beautiful garden inside this small fort. It's free and a must see.
  • 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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