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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
+1 305-296-1504
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I live in Key West and used to visit this place for years to buy plants and support their cause. I... read more

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SantaV
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Arlington, Virginia
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Great Place

I read that the gardens suffered greatly from Hurricane Irma but they are doing an outstanding job... read more

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Carrie A
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Larsen, Wisconsin
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The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only "frost-free" botanical garden in the continental United States. A tropical environment with ample rain allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates as a teaching tool native plants and species in a natural conservation habitat. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found with the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet.The Key West Forest & Garden is a special place where you can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. For instance, the forest has two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for neo-tropical birds from places as far as South America, as well as being home to many rare birds in the Florida Keys.Enjoy this "one of a kind" U S tropical forest and garden filled with butterflies, birds, plants and beautiful flowers. Your visit begins with a smiling volunteer greeter at our education center. See a short film and browse the photo walls. Pick up a Garden Guide that describes the 8 self-guided information tours, 2 wetland habitats and 2 butterfly gardens. The lush courtyard has a waterfall wall of tropical plants and below turtles happily show off their home. Meander through a one acre butterfly habitat with over 23 species discovered! Stroll through a lush canopy of tropical palms and trees. Discover the hidden pond and maybe get lucky enough to see a rare resident white crowned pigeon or bald eagle! Restrooms and refreshments are available.
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5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
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"native plants"
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"cuban refugees"
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"musical instruments"
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Reviewed today via mobile

I live in Key West and used to visit this place for years to buy plants and support their cause. I have made contributions and always advertise this place as a must see in Key West. Until today. I bought a few plants this weekend...More

Thank SantaV
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I read that the gardens suffered greatly from Hurricane Irma but they are doing an outstanding job cleaning up everything. Despite the damage, the place is still beautiful.

Thank Carrie A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wasn't there for the botanical & forest aspect directly. We were there to bird watch. They keep a chalkboard in the store of recently birds seen. Glad we had the trip.

Thank McBozrah
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

before you enter the "garden tour" you can enjoy the view of the lake and the various interactive musical instruments. There is a brief video to watch, we did not and should have before you begin your walk. Most of the adventure is on boardwalks...More

1  Thank havefunaway
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Reviewed March 12, 2018

I appreciate the fact that they are keeping this plot of land natural but there really isn't much to see. The paths and boardwalks are nice though!

Thank jtfranco
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Reviewed March 11, 2018

This is a lovely landscape. The trails are well maintained. The forest of tropical trees was peaceful and relaxing.

Thank Stephen S
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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Just 3 miles from downtown this oasis in a sea of development is just wonderful. A stark contrast to the golf course next door! It’s only seven acres so children will not get bored when you explore the different sections. You will see a variety...More

Thank beengland
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

Turtle ponds, butterflies and beautiful gardens to enjoy while strolling on boardwalks and paths. A lovely place to visit. All they ask for is a donation.

Thank Walsh13k
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

This is the only frost-free botanical garden in the U.S. It is still coming back from the damage of Irma, but is well worth the visit. Developed trails wind through the beautiful terrain. The pond is alive with turtles , and it is strongly advised...More

1  Thank Doc A
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Well worth a visit while in Key West, although the botanical gardens are actually next door, on Stock Island. Free parking and beautiful. Saw lots of butterflies and learned a lot about the native plants.

Thank fishersgirl
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Response from Audrey T | Property representative |
There are 12 trails in the Key West Tropical Forest each one averaging less than 1/10 mile. The paved or boardwalk tours total approximately 1/2 mile. The mulched paths total approximately 1/3 mile. The entire site covers... More
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