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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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Not a garden, more of a forest walk

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
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Portland, Oregon

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South Florida, Florida
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14 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

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 

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Portland, Oregon
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4 attraction reviews
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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.

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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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St. Louis
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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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15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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149 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 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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47 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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86 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 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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