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Address: 5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 296 1504
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only...

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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LOVED our self-walking tour of the gardens. We downloaded the app and when we came to a number on the tour, the audio would start and narrate all about what was surrounding us... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

LOVED our self-walking tour of the gardens. We downloaded the app and when we came to a number on the tour, the audio would start and narrate all about what was surrounding us. There are three films to watch before or after the tour and I highly recommend watching the video about the Cuban Chubs, some of which are on... More 

Thank saltkettle
Las Vegas, Nevada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An important stop on the Florida birding trail. Excellently maintained remnant of what was once Key West. Easy to walk trails on boardwalks and sod with many interpretive signs and helpful staff.

Thank neubigod
Denver, Colorado
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283 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place was not listed in our Lonely Planet book. Which is a shame. If you looking to see birds, you will see all types. If you're looking to learn about about native Caribbean plants. This is the place. There are some spiders you might run into. The gardens have a board walk that cover part of the grounds. The... More 

Thank jcrumley
Teignmouth, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

We popped in to see the gardens as we wanted to see some of the birds which had been spotted there. The birding was good & the butterflies were even better! The boardwalks made it easy to walk around & even off of them it was quite easy going. The gardens are not manicured but natural & native. This is... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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28 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

This is not a botanical garden in the traditional sense of the word; it is much more a study of the naturally occurring flora of the region. There is not sculptural quality to the property, no clearly pruned and manicured areas, just the natural growth of plants indigenous to the area. The Cuban Palms are something quite spectacular, but if... More 

Thank Tamara H
botanicalgarden, General Manager at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your recent visit to the Key West Botanical Garden and taking your time to comment. We appreciate you noting that this is not your typical botanical garden as it is a tropical forest first. Our mission is to educate the importance of protecting native habitat for the flora and fauna of this region by showing how imperative... More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Lovely and interesting walk around natural & native plants & trees. A glimpse of what Key West was like before development. Well maintained mainly new boardwalks with natural paths leading off. Friendly & knowledgeable staff.

Thank NMc1956
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Seven dollars provides admission to the fascinating native flora of Key West. You can follow the paths at your leisure. Additionally, your cell phone can plug into a data base that gives more specific information. Or you can arrange a private guided tour. If the stars are aligned perfectly, you will have an opportunity to meet Misha, the knowledgeable and... More 

Thank Fran H
South Florida, Florida
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Had I known that this was "not" a botanical garden, I would not have spent the $60 it cost in the cab to get to and from and admission. It is a tropical forest, not a botanical garden. Yes, there are a wide array of plants and paths but none of them are groomed and kept clean! There were sea... More 

Thank FighterOne_11
Portland, Oregon
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a small forest. The wooden walkways guide you through the forest, but there are dead ends, little variance in vegetation, and no "gardens" to speak of. If you are wanting a short forest walk, this is great. If you are wanting well-kept, beautiful gardens full of a variety of plants, this is not great.

Thank Alison C
Miami, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited the garden back in 2011 and again this year. It is amazing to see the progress that has been made. I loved the artwork displayed around the garden and the signs that gave you the medicinal uses of the plants. I think different times of the year brings different things to see in terms of birds and butterflies.... More 

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