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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

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Address: 518 Elizabeth Street, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-294-0015
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Description: Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing parrots. Artist and...
Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing parrots. Artist and environmental activist Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and orphaned parrots for 25 years. Join us at 10 to 11 AM daily for Nancy's special presentaion "Parrot 101" or "Storytelling" where guests can take pictures of uncaged birds, hold them and ask questions. We gladly welcome families with children and animal lovers to the Secret Garden to interact with our endangered South & Central American macaws and other parrots. Open 10 to 3 daily. Self-guided visitors 11 to 3 PM. Educational material for each parrot is offered. Help inspire the birds by spending time with them. Bring a picnic lunch, play musical instruments, paint, write, sing, and dance. They love music and videos played on smart phones and ipods!
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I just found out nancy had lost her garden. this broke my heart. it is the last piece of heaven in key west. the rental cottage is perfection. nancy is so gracious and welcoming.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

I just found out nancy had lost her garden. this broke my heart. it is the last piece of heaven in key west. the rental cottage is perfection. nancy is so gracious and welcoming.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

A must see. Nancy takes in and rehomes Parrots that were abandoned, owners died, etc...this was a real eye opener and informative. Mr. Peaches sat on my arm and Nancy took some pics. Nancy is in her 70's, a true lover of these birds and nature. her philosophy is that if she can reach one person, then it's worth it.... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Let us start by saying that Nancy is one of those rare people with a beautiful soul. She loves and lives for her birds and clearly enjoys sharing them with others. Unfortunately, due to the demands of the taxman, her original rainforest garden is gone and she has been left with a small area the size of an average back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Small, quaint parrot sanctuary! Wish we could have stayed longer. Mrs. Forrester is knowledgable and passionate about the well-being of her feathery friends. Loved the visit and will visit again if I'm ever back in key west!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Visited here last week after coming across it on TripAdvisor. We arrived at 10am as a few reviewers suggested, and I agree that's the best time to go. Nancy was very eager to share her knowledge and history as a rescuer, advocate, and caretaker, and she truly does wonderful work. We loved the opportunity to hold a few of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

We were told by a "local" about Nancy's Secret Garden. The woman had not been in years, but recommended it from a long-past visit. It had many species of flowers and trees, as well as parrots and other birds. It is on the end of the street and easy to miss as there were no signs. It was dirty and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This is a hidden gem in Key West! We walked back a little path next to a house and entered a back yard full of different types of birds. They all had full pages of details about each bird hanging on their cages, which told name, background, phrases the bird could say, and likes and dislikes. Nancy gave a short... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Tranquil, soothing, privately owned bird sanctuary that welcomes visitors to visit with rescued parrots and Nancy Forrester, their benefactor.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden is a welcome part of Key West. I love the palms, the plants seem native but most are native to somewhere else. They just seem to belong, as does the parriott.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

In Nancy's beautiful little hideaway, she lovingly sits and spends her time talking about birds in captivity and rainforest conservation, all while introducing you to members of her feathered family. This is not a place to see birds do tricks. Nancy is a caring animal advocate that has taken it upon herself to provide a loving home to unwanted exotic... More 

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Additional Information about Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

Address: Address: 518 Elizabeth Street, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-294-0015
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Florida Keys  >  Key West
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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