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Address: 5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 296 1504
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Description: The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only "frost-free...
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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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Lush tropical forest, with everything in bloom and magnificent. It's a great park to picnic. The staff is very good. The facilities are clean, but need a coat of paint. You want... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Coral Springs, Florida

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St. Louis
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Picture a rickety boardwalk through a bunch of dead, brown, unkept palm leaves and that is exactly what this is... There are no colorful flowers. We were upset that we spent money on admission.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

First..what not to expect. The feeling is native tropical garden. Unlike others we have visited, there are few flowers here. It is however, a beautiful peaceful place to enjoy the trails dotted with fun, funky sculptures tucked along the way. Used their app on my phone which was much better than the map. A real surprise was the collection of... More 

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Mountville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We really enjoyed strolling through the gardens. It was great that this is obviously a passion maintained by locals and not a profit center. Anyone who enjoys the outdoors would enjoy this. Their ap worked great on my phone and gave us lots of Information. Also our nine year old enjoyed the exploration aspect and all the cool art tucked... More 

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Albany, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This primitiveness of this garden is wonderful. Wear sturdy shoes so that you can explore the myriad paths. A great assembly of native plants and wildlife.

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Daphne, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

I didn't think this place would be very big and it wasn't, and we weren't impressed. A confusing map that included boardwalks, and the trails that were not maintained very well. Didn't learn much but we knew our admission fee contributed to a local business (probably non-profit). There was a yoga class going on at one of the large boardwalk... More 

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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 Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Although not considered very big, we are very proud of the 15 existing acres. It has been a major struggle to keep what was left of the original 55 acres created in 1936; by 1988 there was only 7.8 acres left. What you saw showed... More 

Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

What a wonderful place. If you love nature and appreciate what this nonprofit place is doing, please go and leave a donation to help them. As a birder we were allowed in early and watched the gardens come alive. Butterflies, birds and lots of small creatures were feeding and flying around. We saw lots of birds and were able to... More 

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Albany, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Perhaps it is the season of the year but I wasn't impressed with this attraction at all. I thought flowers would be in bloom but I didn't see any. Plants were green but little other color was seen. There was two bodies of water both had turtles and birds. There were a few butterflies flying around. There was an area... More 

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Coral Springs, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Lush tropical forest, with everything in bloom and magnificent. It's a great park to picnic. The staff is very good. The facilities are clean, but need a coat of paint. You want to check out the gardens.

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botanicalgarden, Manager at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden thanks you for taking the time to comment on your recent visit. A Tropical Forest first, and Botanical Garden 2nd, this Garden is the only frost free tropical forest in the continental United States celebrating 80 years of history in 2016. We combine conservation and preservation with education about the importance of... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Beautiful tropical foliage and works of art make this place very serene. Spent a couple hours vibeing with nature and can't wait to return to this place on my next visit to KW!

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Marathon, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We toured the garden on a beautiful April day and enjoyed it. I would like to have seen more signs describing the plants though. The tropical forest section gives you a good idea of what the keys were like naturally before all the development, although some plants are not native. Don't go there expecting a grand floral display; just enjoy... More 

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

On behalf of the Key West Botanical Garden Society, Inc., I thank you for your visit and comment on the Garden. Moreover, we appreciate your impression of the Garden and our mission to preserve nature and promote native. Being a not for profit, adequate signage is always an issue but one we work toward every day. As one of the... More 

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Additional Information about Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Address: Address: 5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 296 1504
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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