West Martello Tower, Key West

4.7
#8 of 24 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. Put West Martello Tower at the forefront of your travel plans using our Key West trip planner .
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  • Lovingly and carefully maintained gardens throughout this old Civil War fort bring quiet and joy for us today in a setting that was unsavory and unpleasant years ago. Views to the Atlantic are incredi...  more »
  • The garden has completely taken over the ruins of the tower but that is what makes it so fascinating. By installing the garden, the club is in essence saving the ruins from being lost or misused. They...  more »
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  • Love this place. Beautiful gardens mixed with interesting ruins of the old west martello tower. Parking is easy. Adjacent to other fun spots to see and spend time at. Sad to see that the giant banyan tree over the arch did not survive the hurricane a couple years ago.
  • Gardens were beautiful. Cute little walk that’s great for couples or families. It’s free and only took us about 20 minutes to see everything.
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