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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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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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Daphne, Alabama
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136 reviews 136 reviews
27 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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47 reviews 47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I loved to go to botanical gardens and was extremely disappointed with this park. It was my first stop on my way into KeyWest. I expected to see lush tropical plants but did not see any flowers blooming. They claimed to have a Butterfly garden but did NOT see1 butterfly. We ended up walking 1/2 way through and leaving as... 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 Botanical Garden and taking your time to comment. We too were disappointed by your post, an indication we failed in our mission to educate the importance of protecting native habitat for the flora and fauna of this region. We also failed to point out that this is first a tropical... More 

Bowie, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I visited the garden on a warm January day. There was very little in bloom but the foliage was magnificent. This is the only "frost-free" botanical garden in the continental United States. It is home to many endangered species in a natural conservation habitat. It has two of the few remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is home... More 

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gardenergrl
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We went to the gardens on a special festival day- and really enjoyed it. There was a show and lots of vendors and food. The staff was around and happy to answer bird and plant questions. I would love to go back and listen to more of the cell phone tour about the plants and natural history.

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Richmond, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is not a botanical garden. It is a poor excuse for a nature preserve. They say it all natural but there is nothing you can't see by walking around Key West. No flowers or spectacular plants, don't waste your time.

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