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“Timing is important” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park

Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
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Austin, TX
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79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Timing is important”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

We kayaked to the park (it's an island) and didn't experience any of the trails because we arrived at an awkward time - 10:30 a.m. - and visitors aren't allowed on the trails without a guide. That was disappointing. We just missed the 10:00 tour and didn't want to wait around for the 2:00 tour. We did see the house/immediate grounds and learned some interesting history through photos and ranger anecdotes. Inside the house, I was intrigued by a display of different native hardwoods. It was remarkable to compare the Gumbo Limbo sample with the Dade Pine and Lignumvitae samples.

While in the keys, I was intrigued with a certain type of tree that had a metallic-looking trunk. We saw a number of them as we biked along the coast. The trunks varied, ranging from a silver sheen to copper to bronze. There were a number of them on the island and one of the rangers told me those are Gumbo Limbo trees. He explained more about the Lignumvitae as well.

Visited December 2011
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Atlanta, GA
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94 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Neat place to visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2011

We really enjoyed our visit to this historical island! Docking your boat is a breeze! I would recommend arriving in time for the guided tour of the island, since all of the trails are only accessible when escorted by the park ranger. Check out their website for tour times, closed Tues and Wed.

Visited December 2011
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Vero Beach, Florida
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94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“A step back in time.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

If you have an opportunity to visit either with your own boat or the service, you won't be disappointed. It has a beautifully restored home, and there is a state park ranger there to fill give you history and answer your questions - but don't forget your bug spray!!!!!! If you can, throw on a long sleeved shirt and pants. The mosquitoes are hungry!

Visited August 2011
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Sarasota, Florida
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138 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“What an interesting place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2011

There is so much history in the Keys and so much of it is hidden - you have to seek it out. The Florida Keys is not just about the Duval Crawl. This place is a little bit of history that is worth seeing. We went there by our own boat and tied up to the docks there.

Visited October 2011
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Titusville, Florida
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23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting and interesting history”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2011

Lignumvitae has a pretty coquina house and outbuildings, cannons, and other interesting features to see and the grounds are very pretty. Read up in the island's history before your visit to make it more meaningful, though there are some sign boards here and there. There are trails that circle the shoreline and cut through the woods, but we did not venture onto them as we were totally unprepared for the very thirsty mosquitos. Next time we plan to explore further.

Tip: make sure you have mosquito spray on before you leave the dock area. Take your camera as there are plenty of opportunities for scenic shots.

Visited July 2011
3 Thank Suzanne C
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