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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040
305 296 1504
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Ranked #40 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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, Outdoors
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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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West Lafayette, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW 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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10 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 

Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A child's cry and a daddy's search for a single butterfly proved as fruitless as it was frustrating.. Happily not my child but I did visit the gardens with my family on our way out of Kew West after renting a bungalow for a few days. The signs and the brochures are promising but the gardens don't live up to... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Docents are so knowledgeable. See butterflies and birds and the plants that support them. Do not expect well manicured gardens rather expect areas of planting with indigenous species that represent native Florida habitats. On the day we visited we saw species of butterfly new to us and 11 separate species of warbler in addition to tanagers, woodpeckers, mocking birds, White... More 

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Dallas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is a very nice place to hike through the native forests of key west. it is no a botanical garden. Calling it an arboretum would be more appropriate. They are trying to keep it native-type and iguana free. All in all, it was an enjoyable walk through nature and a good escape from the commercialism of key west, but... More 

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Bel Air, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

All native garden. Different habitats from tropical hammock to open pond. Great trail system and all plants and trees labeled. Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Very well maintained. Very "cool" entrance. I go for butterflies and dragonflies and am always rewarded with South Florida and Keys specialties. Also has great Cuban and art exhibit. Worth a visit every year during our... More 

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

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden wishes to thank you for your recent visit and comments about the Garden. We are pleased you got our message about the importance of native plants and species and pleased to hear you found what you were interested in. As stewards of the land and plants, the fauna that those attract and... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We were very disappointed in the Botanical Garden. It was mainly covered paths of natural palm trees and not much of anything else. No flora or fauna to be seen, one turtle. I would not recommend this trip to anyone, unless you have $7 burning a hole in your pocket.

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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 the time to comment. All comments are building blocks. We too were disappointed by your visit post, an indication we failed in our mission to educate the importance of protecting native habitat for the flora and fauna of this region. Yes we do protect a number... More 

Key West, Florida
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I recently visited here with my children. It was far better than I anticipated. Overall, it was a relaxing experience - as much as it can be with multiple children in tow. The grounds were fairly well kept. We appreciated the signage giving us information on the palms, but some could have been written a little clearer/cleaner and more professional.... More 

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