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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

Address: 518 Elizabeth Street, Key West, FL 33040
Phone Number: +1 305-294-0015
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Ranked #15 of 69 Attractions in Key West
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
Owner description: Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing parrots. Artist and environmental activist Nancy...
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Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Owner description: 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

You should plan to visit here when the hostess is conducting a tour; I visited late in the afternoon and saw the parrots and read their bios, but would have appreciated more information

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Nancy is beautiful soul who has made it her mission in life to surround herself with all aspects of nature. Her secret garden is closed but don't let that stop you. She has plenty to offer. She is a first rate artist, so ask to see her work. I bought 3 AMAZINGING beautiful parrot photos and a feather mobile made... More 

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Berkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I love this place and wish I could give it extra stars. We visited during a recent stay in Key West. The entry fee is $10 and it is well worth it. From outside, it doesn't look like an "attraction" as such as it is in a private home. Just walk up and you'll see signs directing you down the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Go to Nancy's and meet Baby Blue, Mr. Peaches and all of the other amazing parrots. Nancy is passionate about conservation and committed to caring for these birds. It is an intimate experience that offers a unique opportunity to appreciate such majestic (and brilliant) creatures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This place is hidden a short walk from Duval,but well worth the treasure hunt. Find the address across form the library on Elizabeth, go down the little path at the left side of the house, through the gate and into the Secret Garden. Yes the garden used to be bigger but the birds and Nancy are still all there and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Love this place. Can't believe how much Nancy has done to save the rainforest and the majestic creatures that used to live there before they were ripped from their homes by smugglers. Even if you can't visit you should send a donation. Thousands of beautiful parrots are made homeless every year by stupid humans.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We arrived just when the birds were being put to bed and weren;t able to do a full tour. However, Nancy was kind enough to show our 4-year old daughter a beautiful blue parrot. She got to feed him a nut, tickle him under the wings and stroke his head. Nancy is clearly passionate and committed to her birds. She... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

It was the best. But like all else in Key West it moves forward with the times, and she just could not keep anymore. It's privately held now and I don't think it's open to the public anymore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This hidden gem is a don't miss. Very low key, with a wooden gate that you let yourself in. After passing thru the gate you enter Nancy's Secret Garden filled with tropical Parrots, Mc caws and verdant lush fauna and trees. Luckily for us Nancy came out gave us about an hour of her time telling us about her spectacular... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

My husband, 75 year old mother-in-law, 5 year old daughter and myself went to visit here for the first time ever. A simply amazing experience! So many birds, each with their own story. Many could and would chat with us and others would do tricks and show off their talents. Nancy herself provides an educational and interesting presentation to her... More 

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