- This key, named for a hardwood known as the "wood of life," is accessible only by boat. Its undeveloped land includes a variety of plant species and in them birds such as the brown pelican, ospreys and migratory warblers build their nests.
Visitors may access the island by boat, canoe or kayak.
Guided walks that last 1.5 hours are given at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Friday through Sunday. The tour fee is $1 per person. Children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Access to the Key for these tours is limited to privately owned boats or charter boats available at nearby marinas. Tour boat departs 30 minutes before listed tour times. Contact the Long Key State Recreation Area in advance for tour information. Tour times are subject to change.
The Matheson House, built in 1919, serves as the park's Visitor Center and offers a glimpse of how island people lived during a 'simpler' time when most of their needs were met by the land and sea around them. The Visitor Center is open Friday through Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
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