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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens

205 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040
305 294 2116
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Ranked #25 of 82 Attractions in Key West
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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Port Orange, Florida, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A nice place to visit with lots of history. The guide there was friendly and informative, giving us a brief history before letting us tour the house and gardens on our own. It was nice to stop in here and enjoy the scenery.

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

Dear Loren, Thank you for taking the time to tour the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed wandering through our lush tropical gardens and learning about the unique history of Captain Geiger's 19th century home and John James Audubon. More

Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was not expecting much when we decided to go here but loved every minute of it. To start off they have an ice cold water fountain which is greatly appreciated in the heat this time of the year! The gardens are love. A guide spoke for about 10 minutes as you first enter the house with some great information... More

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

Dear Nathan, Thank you for your kind comments about the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the tour of the house and gardens. It is true, that nice cold drinking fountain and air conditioned home are a nice reprieve from the heat here in August. Please come back and see us again!! More

Detroit, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We visited this house our first day and really enjoyed it. There is a lot of history here and a beautiful garden to walk through. If you enjoy historic home then I would recommend this site.

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

Dear Dfamily6, Thank you for your kind review about The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed wandering through our lush tropical gardens and hearing about the wonderful history of this unique 19th Centuty home built by John H. Geiger. More

Middletown, Delaware
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Very nice tour and history of the house and gardens. You learn much about the history of Key West here. There is an entry fee but it's worth it.

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

Dear cczydeco: Thank you for your review of the Audubon House. It is always a pleasure to hear that our visitors have enjoyed their stay with us. It is so true that the gardens as well as the House are worthy of an extended visit, so we are delighted you took advantage of them! More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Excellent, informative tour of an historic house that displays many John Audubon First Edition works. Learn about life in Key West in the 1800s when people battled Yellow Fever and competed to scavenge shipwrecks. Some made fortunes. The house itself has an interesting history. A docent begins the tour on the lower level and you continue on your own above.... More

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

Dear Eileen: Thank you for your wonderful review of the Audubon House. We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us and had such a nice experience. Your certainly came at a wonderful time of the year! Please come and visit us again next time you are in Key West. We are in constant flux and even as we... More

Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

If you are interested in what life was like in Key West in the 1800's, then visit Audubon House, but remember that Audubon did not stay in the house, he stayed on a boat in the harbour for his two-week visit to Key West in 1832, because he feared catching yellow fever. In the early 1800's (I cannot establish the... More

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

Dear Chasevalley: We are always thrilled when our visitors just "get" it! Thank you so very much for posting this great review of the Audubon House. We are truly the sum of all parts and the telling of the history of the Geigers within the context of the Key West of the 19th Century and the commemoration of Audubon's visit... More

Suffern, New York
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Although didn't know that Mr. Audubon never lived here, the tour guide was very upfront, pleasant and informative. Saw many beautiful art pieces.

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

Dear katem J: Thanks for taking the time to write this review. We try to set the record straight on site as well as on Tripadvisor. The Geiger House acquired the name of Audubon, long before our time, to commemorate his visit to the Florida Keys. This visit yielded some of the more iconic bird images, such as the Flamingo,... More

New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

A small space but well laid allows for comfortable viewing of butterflies, flora and fauna. Very warm and humid, so not the best refuge from summer heat.

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

Dear AEK: Thank you for for your review and taking the time to post it on Tripadvisor... By your comments, I am assuming you did the self guided garden tour. The Audubon House itself is cool, since it is air conditioned. Hope you'll take the time to visit the House next time you are in Key West! More

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Don't be misled. Audubon never stayed in this home. It wasn't in existence when Audobon painted twenty-two indigenous species of birds in the Keys during a period of six weeks. Now that we have that out of the way, you need to visit this home. It was built by Captain Geiger during the 1840s. Geiger was a well known wrecker... More

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

Dear MSullivan. Thank you so much for taking the time to post your review. It is certainly true that JJ Audubon never slept here. The name was attached to the House to commemorate JJ Audubon’s visit to the Florida Keys, way before we were glimmers in our parents' eyes, and even before they were glimmers in their own parents' eyes.... More

Milford,Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I visited this house to see the Audubon prints. Prior to coming here I attended a lecture about James Audubon and the conservation movement. To see his actual prints was fantastic. Although he never stayed here while on the island it is worth visiting the house to see the prints.

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

Dear Milford_PaMoose: We love the the fact you had taken a class prior to visiting with us! JJ Audubon's artwork is truly phenomenal in its research and detail. We are glad you got to enjoy some of his originals in the House during your stay with us. Thank you for posting this review. We hope to get to see you... More

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