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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Address: 5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: 305 296 1504
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Ranked #40 of 94 Attractions in Key West
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only "frost-free" botanical garden in the...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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San Jose, Costa Rica
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111 reviews 111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

This is a nice but not a "must-see" attraction. It's basically a park with a large pond with a few water birds. We're staying at the golf course community next door so it wasn't that different for us than taking a walk around our neighborhood, but you probably would enjoy it if you're staying in town. Bring a book and... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Such a tranquil spot....beautiful native plants and butterflies. Worth a stop. The Cuban chug exhibit was also very interesting.

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Oak Island, North Carolina
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The grounds are well kept with easy walking paths. The plants and trees were native with an additional palm garden. We were impressed with the display of watercraft used by persons. Leaving Cuba over the years.

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Key West, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is a little sanctuary of peace and nature in the mass commercial world of the Lower Keys. It is a true botanical garden of native plants, not a manicured flower garden. We see/learn something new every time we go, which is often once a week. You can bring your dog on leash if you pick up. It isn't busy... More 

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Avon, Connecticut
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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

What a fantastic place to spend a couple of hours, 1/2 day or whole day! This is unlike most botanical gardens which have many specimens of plants & trees that grow in their particular climate. At KWBG the specimens are all native to the area! You experience the garden as life is in the lower keys, sometimes blooming heavily, other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Take a quiet walk and learn about Florida foliage. There are many gardens and foliage to choose from. Use your cell phone for a walking guide. Mine worked just fine.We enjoyed the symphonic garden the most, where you can play four different bell and xylophone-like percussion instruments. We also loved all of the different palms.Fascinating variety! Even in the winter,... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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3 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Guess we were in between blooming seasons as the most interesting thing we saw was a lizard. No color other than green. Would probably not go back!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We visited on Dec 3- no blossoms, but that was expected. What was unexpected is that the (good idea!) cell phone guide did not function as promised- it did not work for most of the specimens, which was disappointing. The reception has a Video that also was not functioning- so, if you just want a stroll to a tropical setting... More 

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maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

So very Beautiful. all the tropical flowers, Birds, and Lizards what a awesome garden. I have lots of picks will soon be posting. Did I mention all the wild Chickens!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Dunno what happened with the other reviewer, but we just spent a delightful sojourn strolling amongst the native species, seeing the butterflies scamper amongst the plants, reading about specific plants in the lovely guidebook you can get ($3.00 - worth it if you at all like plants and want to know more about what you're walking by). There's also a... 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 for your recognition of our continued efforts to protect the native habitat, flora and fauna of the region. We appreciate you noticing the Garden is a natural habitat and therefore regulated by Mother Nature. Seasons and weather do dictate what and when species present or not. Rain,... More 

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