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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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The way all botanical gardens should be...

Really well laid out and worth the trip for sure. Unfettered and less horticultural than most if... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Jay R
Wonderfully beautiful and educational

As a native Floridian, it was a treat for me to show my children a beautiful and natural garden... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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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Reviewed 2 days ago

Really well laid out and worth the trip for sure. Unfettered and less horticultural than most if not all botanical gardens I've been to...Well laid out paths and good descriptions of the flora

Thank Jay R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a native Floridian, it was a treat for me to show my children a beautiful and natural garden. Bring bug spray and wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty. This is not a manicured garden, like an aquarium to see fish. This is a...More

Thank TAKEmeAWAY2EXPLORE
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our staff and volunteers appreciate your comments which make all we do worth our time and efforts. Your comparison between an aquarium and snorkeling is absolutely correct. We hope you will be back again soon as we continue to try to improve our visitors experience.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

OK to be fair this is a beautiful and very natural place. You get to see the Florida Keys natural setting. I really enjoyed the butterfly areas. However, we managed to visit the day after a rain storm and went back to the fresh water...More

Thank jctkoontz
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful walk thru nature ! Bring your bug spray if you are sweet to the mosquito 😊. Friendly staff and full of info on the site.

Thank Travel242424
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's the only botanical garden in the US that never sees a frost - the type and variety of plants are amazing. It's a great walk around the trails to see everything- lots of birds, butterflies and other tropical animals. We saw a bunch of...More

Thank shark4rae
Reviewed 25 May 2017

A beautiful peaceful garden where you can see love has gone into its planning and planting. Time spent among its trees and plants provides the needed balance to the noise and action of other parts of Key West. Always worth a visit each time you...More

Thank supersas
Reviewed 23 May 2017

A decent garden with an excellent hiking trail. Nice pond and boardwalks. A few birds and turtles. Liked it.More

Thank Stephen W
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

As a Tropical Forest as well as a botanical garden, we are happy you enjoyed our hiking trails and ponds. Due to hurricane damage, our Hammock Trail had been closed for over 10 years and we worked hard to get it back open 2 years...More

Reviewed 22 May 2017

If you are interested in what the flora and fauna of the lower keys was like before hotels, motels and condos then this is the place to visit. Devoted to native plants and their associated animals, this is a great place to visit.

Thank Dana B
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2017

The Key West Botanical Garden Society is please that you enjoyed your visit to our 15 acre tropical refuge. You picked an ideal time for seeing most of the plants in bloom. We hope that you will return again in the future.

Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This attraction was visited by us on Easter Sunday so our comments may not reflect other tourists who went here on busier days. We took a pre-arranged excursion off the cruise we were on and were supposed to meet a guide outside the gardens. No...More

Thank Duquesadiner
Audrey T, Docent/Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

On behalf of the Key West Tropical Forest I would like to apologize for the problem with your visit. Unfortunately, we were not given any notice by the cruise ship or the shuttle service that a tour had been scheduled and we did not know...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

This was our first time here but will enjoy boing back. It is a well taken care of place. I do recommend using your phone or get the book, so can really enjoy the plants.More

Thank Wes A
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

Thank you for your positive review and we are happy that you enjoyed our small but important piece of paradise. The audio tour on your phone or the Garden Guide Book with written text and pictures are two of the three ways to enjoy the...More

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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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