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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

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518 Elizabeth St, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040-6821
+1 305-294-0015
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Gem of a place for animal lovers

Even if you're not a big lover of birds, you will be after visiting and learning from Nancy all... read more

Reviewed yesterday
KDWIINTER
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MINNESOTA
REALLY worth finding!

"Hidden Gem" is a little over-used, but it applies here. Look carefully for the small sign at a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HowlnBubba
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Key Largo, Florida
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OPEN RAIN OR SHINE Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing parrots. Artist and environmental activist Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and orphaned parrots for 28 years. Join her at 10 to 11 AM daily for Nancy's special presentation "Parrot 101" or "Storytelling" where guests can take pictures of un-caged birds, hold them and ask questions. We gladly welcome families with children and animal lovers to the Secret Garden to interact with our endangered South & Central American macaws and other parrots. Open 10 to 3 daily. Guided 10 to 11, Self-guided 11 to 3 PM. Educational material for each parrot is offered. Help inspire the birds by spending time with them. Bring a picnic lunch, play musical instruments, paint, write, sing, and dance. Parrots love music and videos played on smart devices! Well behaved dogs welcome. Please, leave your parrots at home! Thank you
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  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
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“beautiful birds” (49 reviews)
“bird sanctuary” (16 reviews)
“animal lovers” (12 reviews)
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518 Elizabeth St, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040-6821
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+1 305-294-0015
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Reviewed yesterday

Even if you're not a big lover of birds, you will be after visiting and learning from Nancy all about the different birds that she has rescued over the years. We were there for 2 hours in the morning and loved listening to her educating...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

"Hidden Gem" is a little over-used, but it applies here. Look carefully for the small sign at a house that is otherwise nondescript. Walk up the path beside the house and leave your donation on the back porch. Then go into the backyard and meet...More

Thank HowlnBubba
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had not heard of this until we were in Key West. A friend told me about it and it was a highlight of our trip. Getting to see the birds and learn more about them was fascinating. Only drawback was access was a bit...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at the Secret Garden at 10:00 when Nancy opened her doors to the public. Her collection of birds was amazing. After looking briefly at all the birds Nancy sat down with us and gave a history of how she got started and a...More

Thank Bonnie R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived just as the garden opened. We enjoyed a leisurely educational session with Nancy and her birds. She is so knowledgeable about the birds.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing, FUN experience w/Nancy & her parrots! We got to hold Mr. Peaches & a BIG beautiful BLUE parrot named Baby! Such a treat to interact so closely w/the birds. Nancy seemed to genuinely love including babies and little kids (big kids...More

Thank Gemgara108
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As a huge parrot fan, and reasonably well-informed ex-owner I wouldn't have missed meeting Nancy and her rescued birds for anything, but the 'secret garden' is not quite what it was. I think some of the other visitors were disappointed not to find a sort...More

Thank UKLizzie
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This experience was not what we expected. It was a windy day so Ms. Forrester did not take the birds outside where she said they usually interact with the guests. I did get to pose with the large rare blue parrot. We didn't see all...More

Thank NancyLee_10
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We went to see Nancy on our last day in Key West. There already was a Brazilian couple sitting inside Nancy's ramshackle house when we arrived. Then two women with two squirmy small children showed up. Nancy explained that it was too cold for the...More

1  Thank Scott B
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It seems Ms. Forrester lost her bid to stave off forclosure with the city and had to relinquish her acre of botanicals. She is able to live in the remaining home and area for life. There are still many Parrots and great discussions available as...More

Thank Matt H
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railroad23
January 23, 2017|
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Response from Tammy J | Reviewed this property |
We did pet the birds also
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Rui H
July 7, 2016|
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Response from Sarah H | Reviewed this property |
We found metered parking a few streets away but had to go back to pay the meter because we were having so much fun we wanted to stay longer than originally thought.
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seashellb
July 4, 2016|
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Response from Nancy F | Property representative |
Entrance Fee supports orphaned parrots and education for the public. $10 adults, $5 children 5 to 11,
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