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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour
"Explore Key West while hopping on and off at any of our designated trolley sightseeing stops. Visit over 50 points of interest with this all day pass as our expert guides provide live narration and entertainment with stories only locals could tell! Audubon House) LaConcha Hotel (Margaritaville Oldest House Museum) Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center (Fort Zachary Taylor State Park U.S.S Mohawk) Higgs Beach (White Street Fishing Pier West Martello Tower) Southernmost Point (Southernmost House Mansion Upper Duval Street Shopping) Ernest Hemingway House Museum (Lighthouse Museum Bahama Village) Key West Bight (Schooner Wharf
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Key West Ghost Walking Tour
"Florida’s Key West has a history full of pirates wreckers smugglers and other sinister characters. On this nighttime ghost walking tour explore Key West’s haunted side with your expert guide and prepare to be spooked! As you wander down dimly lit streets and eerie alleys listen as your guide tells first-hand stories and legends of Key West's most infamous haunted places. Learn of ghosts and ghouls as you visit the Hard Rock Cafe Banyan Resort Eaton Lodge
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Key West Aquarium
"Get up close and personal with sea life at the renowned Key West Aquarium. Make your way to the aquarium and begin your tour of various underwater worlds. Learn about the lives of the creatures of the sea. Explore the diverse habitats of different parts sea urchins and hermit crabs in the Touch Tank. Watch the aquarium’s sharks turtles and rays eat during feeding time and find out about their eating habits. You can even pet a live shark if you dare. Through its association with the Turtle Hospital and the Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network the aquarium is home to a number of sea turtles recovering from injuries. Enjoy your visit with these survivors. And don’t miss the Atlantic Shores Exhibit — a 50000 gallon tank reminiscent of a mangrove environment that is teeming with tropical fish."""
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West Martello Tower Tips (6)

West Martello Tower

There are two Martello Towers East and West.

The West Martello tower was built in 1862 on a site which historic research shows had been a burial ground for almost 300 African slaves. It was a part of the fortifications of Key West, which included Fort Taylor.

It was never involved in an actual war, but in 1873, the Fort Taylor gunners were using it for target practice. They stopped in 1921 when Key West's first (and only) beachfront hotel (Casa Marina) was built just south of the tower. But the damage had been done - many of its Romanesque arches had fallen and the watchtower was leveled. Rubble, bricks and slate flooring littered the beach. It was an eyesore that the county wanted to demolish

Today the Tower is operated by The Key West Garden Club, and hosts the Joe Allen Garden Center (small admission charge), offering self-guided tours to explore local flora and enjoy the tropical settings. Open Tues-Sat 9:30 to 3:15 - Donation requested

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grandmaR
Aug 28, 2014

West Martello Tower - Home of KW Garden Club

This was truly a "Secret Garden" serendipitous find! My husband was out bird watching, and passed this location at the beginning of Smathers Beach. The fact there was no admission charge got him in the door - the beauty he found inside got him to bring me there.

The West Martello Tower is one of three remaining Civil War era structures in Key West (the other two being Fort Zachary Taylor and the East Martello Museum - home of Robert the Doll). It is now home to the Key West Garden Club. Inside there are lots of beautiful gardens and areas - views of the beach when you get to the top - and a self-sustaining rain garden. The variety of plants and flowers was incredible, and just so pretty.

There is no admission charge to visit; however, if you enjoy your visit (and I'm sure you will) they will happily accept your donations in the wooden box just inside the entry door.

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TravellerMel
May 03, 2012

West Martello Tower (1845)

The Garden Club of Key West has preserved this Civil War Fort and National Historic Site. Open year-round, Tuesday thru Saturday, 9:30 AM to 3:15PM. A Non-Profit organization, they reley on donations.
This was free (we liked it so much we gave a donation).
One of the most tranquil, and beautiful spots in Key West!

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tpangelinan
Apr 04, 2011

Local Vegetation in 1967

My mom and dad visited West Martello tower when we lived in Key West in the 60's, and I took a photo of them with this big cactus.

The tower was in ruins when we were there because the gunners at Fort Taylor used to use it for target practice.

Excerpts from a gardening magazine:

"Then-County-Commissioner Allen, a Key West native,.. proceeded to sway the Powers That Be from leveling the martello..."

“I started planting trees, Key limes of course,” said Rep. Allen..."

"In 1955, Allen negotiated with the Key West Garden Club, and West Martello Tower became the club’s official home in 1959. It was named a Florida National Historic Site, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. "

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May 19, 2005
 
 
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Inside the Martello Garden Club

Looking out to the sea. This was top five on most beautiful spots in Key West. A winding garden path up to a gazebo (with shell gingerbread trim), overlooking the ocean. It was quiet, and peaceful. A fitting spot dedicated to the lady who worked so hard to preserve the fort and gardens.
Photo: Michael Sullivan

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tpangelinan
May 20, 2003

Key West Garden Club

This attractive old fort has been turned into a garden club. This is open to the public at regular intervals.

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Dec 01, 2004

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