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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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Real Old Key West

Wonder what Key West was like before architecture? This is the place to go, bucolic and peaceful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Marlisichka
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Grassy Key, Florida
Palm paradise

Tropical feeling is everywhere, so many varieties of palm trees! Nice trails with warning signs. A... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Svitlana88
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Chicago, Illinois
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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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"nice boardwalk"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonder what Key West was like before architecture? This is the place to go, bucolic and peaceful, far from frenetic Duval. Staff is well-informed, friendly, and eager to answer questions. Warning: if you are from a northern climate, you may want to avoid this emerald...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Tropical feeling is everywhere, so many varieties of palm trees! Nice trails with warning signs. A lot of birds and not many humans.

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Too expensive for what you see. It was ok but not something I would visit again. The restrooms are super nice and the boardwalk is wheelchair friendly but not much to see.

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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

Not the problem of the garden but the weather wasn't helpful to our visit. Uber driver couldn't find it which didn't help. The entrance cost is reasonable but there is little cover from the Sun, not what we'd expected in a Botanic garden. The area...More

Thank ProfessorRathgar
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Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2018

Thank you for your review. We are sorry that the weather couldn't have been more cooperative. In fact Mother Nature has been extremely uncooperative since last September when Hurricane Irma struck as a Category 4 hurricane. The Garden lost 60% of its canopy from the...More

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Reviewed 21 May 2018

We went here on a slightly rainy day and there were a lot of the foliage that was not in bloom. It was interesting to see the different types of trees but I preferred the butterfly conservatory to this garden.

Thank Danielle T
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 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

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Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

I am sorry to hear that you had an unpleasant experience. The hurricane demolished much of our Wi-fi system and it is taking time to upgrade the system and get it running again. Would you please send an email to us at info@keywest.garden and I...More

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Reviewed 16 April 2018

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 8 April 2018

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.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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

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Reviewed 12 March 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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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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