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West Martello Tower, Key West
(4.6/5 based on 460+ 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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  • The Key West Garden Club has done a lovely job transforming a never completed fort into a garden haven. Not a lot blooming when we visited, but there were many different exotics to view. Plant markers...  more »
  • Loved our visit here. Well worth some time. The host was lovely - friendly and informative - and full of love and care for the place; just the kind of compassion that our planet needs. The site is bea...  more »
  • Please donate a few dollars to the Key West Botanical club when you visit to support this amazing treasure.