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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  • I read in an article by Mr. and Mrs. Adventure to see this. I was not disappointed. The garden club maintains this well. It was really windy the day we went but I am sure a picnic lunch would make a g...  more »
  • Maintained on the site of the historical tower by volunteers, they do a nice job. Very peaceful to walk thru & enjoy the the many different plants, trees, flowers, & orchids. Nice view of the beach an...  more »
  • Nice stop to relax and walk through the gardens. Some history here. This was on my check list of sites to see in Key West. it was nice, quiet and relaxing. Kids would be bored, but for us walking the ...  more »
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  • Super informative and interesting staff. Free to walk around. It was one of the most beautiful gardens with the widest variety that i have seen. Keep up the great work!
  • What a cool place. Never new there were old Northern civil war forts in Key West. One of the local garden club members gave us a tour and explained some of its history. He also pointed out some of the native plants and trees there. There is a donation taken at the door if you would like to visit. A neat piece of history.
  • Beautiful gardens on the beach. A real gem in Key West, free with donation and a great place to go for a walk. Cute little butterfly gardens and the park as a whole blends perfectly with the historic fort.
  • Awesome place for a rest and a picnic.
  • 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.
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