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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. 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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  • Great place to visit when you need to get away from the KW bar tourist mode. Spectacular gardens with local plants/trees identified. While there, an orchid show was going on, wow!  more »
  • This old fort which has been converted into a very attractive garden is well worth a visit. Begin your visit with a short summary of the fort’s history given by a volunteer at the entrance and then pr...  more »
  • Been to Key West many times and never heard of this attraction. Took a walk one morning and found this on our way. Nice small gardens provide a nice quiet contrast to Duval Street. Admission is free, ...  more »