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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
305 294 2116
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Ranked #28 of 85 attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Gardens
Activities: Birdwatching, Shopping, Arts and crafts
Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by... more » Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West.Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale.The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials.Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen. « less
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I attended the Key West Literary Seminar this past January and the first night's reception was held in the gardens of the Audubon House. The gardens were magnificent, lush and lovely tucked away on a rather quiet street. The house itself was closed, so I did not go on a tour, but I did return to the gift shop later... More

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Canfield, Ohio
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I like to see historical homes, but the guy who gave the tour seemed very disinterested. He was more worried we would spill our bottled waters. He gave us a brief tour and history lesson. Then we had about half an hour to explore the house and gardens before they closed at 5. Nice place but not worth the price... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This property is well maintained with lots of beautiful butterflies to see. The inside, where the butterflies are, is relatively small so you are close to the butterflies and can see them easily and clearly. We'd go again. Of course you exit the butterfly house through the gift shop where there is lots of kitsch to choose from.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear AuntCarolyn: well thank you so much for your review…. We would love to take credit for that lovely rating, but we feel it was your visit to the Key West Nature and Butterfly Conservatory which prompted your review. The Audubon House is the mid-19th Century home of Capt. John Geiger. Our butterflies and birds are free to fly at... More

PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I've always been interested in Audubon's works, and I found the history of the house and the surrounding gardens to be a much needed refuge from the craziness of downtown Key West. Although there were very few displays that were authentic to the house itself (it was in very bad disrepair when it was purchased and converted to a museum),... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear FrequentTraveler2010: How nice of you to post this lovely review! Must say your comment about the restrooms brought a smile to all our faces! But on a more serious note, we are delighted you enjoyed your visit with us so much. It is indeed a fact that the Audubon House is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of... More

Ebensburg, PA
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Our daughter was married in Key West in early March 2014 and we had the reception at the Audubon House. For our group of about 70 people the garden couldn't have been more perfect. The bricked patio and courtyard are lovely and beautifully landscaped. It was truly a dream for our daughter and her new husband and all of our... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Cambria5: It is always so good to hear back from our brides, grooms and their families and friends! We are so happy you enjoyed the property so much and quite frankly your description of “magical” is what we tell everyone! If it is the event we remember, what a gorgeous bride, and wonderful setup! We hope you all get... More

New Paltz, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

First, the house is an early-19th-century beauty, built by a ship's captain/merchant with no expense spared. The guide (Ray that day) was so knowledgable about Key West history, he made the early settlers come alive for us. The rest of the house is set up as a self-guided tour, so we could linger in rooms or exhibits that warranted more... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Lindaafite: Thank you so much for your wonderful review! It is always a pleasure for us to read visitors’ comments and know that they understood our mission. To know that you got so much out of your visit with us thrills us! Ray has already been advised of your kind comment about him. He certainly does know a lot... More

NYC
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We went to a wedding here and it was amazing. They greeted us with margaritas that were better than most (I'm the ultimate critic on drinks) and the food was phenomenal!!!! Really great staff, very friendly. Gorgeous gardens and ambience.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear livineasystill: Thank you so much for that great review! Weddings at the Audubon House are truly a magical experience! We try to make it effortless and seamless. Not knowing exactly which wedding you attended, you are not sure who makes those great margaritas and believe me we want to know. Much of the kudos on the margaritas do not... More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I first visited this historical house soon after it opened 50 years ago, and really enjoyed coming back to see it's current restoration. Of course, I could appreciate it much more now, and it had made enough of an impression on me as a child that I wanted to revisit it with Mrs. Tigerseye. We thoroughly enjoyed the house and... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Tigerseye: Thank you so much for the lovely review! How wonderful of you to come back and revisit with your lovely wife. Our guides are trained to provide you with all the information we have after years of research.... Even though JJ Audubon never visited the House, it was a pleasure for us to realize how... More

Detroit Metro Area
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60 reviews 60 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

You do get some information & history from a guide, then you are on your own to explore the house & gardens. The best part is seeing some of the beautiful Audubon prints, which are beautiful. Turns out, Audubon didn't actually STAY in this house when he made his paintings!! BUT, you are supporting the Audubon Society when you go... More

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Susan Loretta: Thank you for visiting the Audubon House and for taking time to write this nice review. The Audubon House is such a special place... The Audubon name got attached to the house quite a long time ago, long before we were around and it became part of the Key West lore that JJ Audubon stayed here. Through... More

Scottsdale, AZ
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37 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I love museums and the Audubon House is beautiful, wonderfully preserved with great facts about John Audubon, including some of his original drawings of birds in Key West. The garden is lovely, it was very hot the day we visited and it was a relaxing, refreshing time.

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AudubonHouse, Manager at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, responded to this review

Dear Spidersuz: We always appreciate the comments our visitors have after touring the Audubon House. Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. We can only agree with you that the House, the Gardens (an oasis of tranquility in the middle of downtown Key West), the prints, as well as the quality of the furnishings, make for... More

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