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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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Address: 5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
Phone Number: 305 296 1504
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The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only...

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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Nice walk

It was handicapp accessible which was nice. It was just basically a nice walk in the woods. There were a few sculptures but it really needed some interest when walking around... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
pinkbatmobile
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Trails lead through the various parts of the garden showing high canopy tree areas, ponds and the butterfly gardens where specific plants attract butterflies. Impressive collection of cuban palm trees. We spent three hours there, observing birds and all the plants. Very friendly staff introduced us to the layout and explained what is to be seen where. It is not... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was handicapp accessible which was nice. It was just basically a nice walk in the woods. There were a few sculptures but it really needed some interest when walking around, more flowering plants or a few more sculptures and animals. It was a walk for about an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gorgeous hammock of overhanging palnta and home to many species of birds, butterflies and other indigenous animals. Don't go in flip flops, the path is often Rocky. Great unexpected hiking in the heart of key west.

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

The tropical forest offers a completely different environment than the concrete and pavement of downtown Key West and we are glad you enjoyed your visit and hike. More 

Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I volunteered here with my teenagers this morning. We helped Pat trim the dead leaves off their palms. Along the way, Pat graciously shared her vast knowledge of the abundant native (and a few non-native, but super cool) plants on the property. It was a very informative work hour. I would highly encourage contacting them ahead of time to schedule... More 

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Hudson, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Paths of native plants. Nothing fancy or pretty flowers. There was artist sculptures/exhibits throughout the gardens. Those were the highlights.

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Thank Vi0letBeach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a nice area with natural growth of tees, palms, etc with boardwalks and trails. There are some specialized areas, like the pond with tons of turtles and some trails with cacti and other interesting plants. Local artists have their works displayed throughout. Everything is labeled, both plants and art work. It's not a cultivated museum like environment, but its... More 

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

We are glad you and your dogs enjoyed the Tropical Forest. We have tried to make our garden attractive not only to the native birds, butterflies and turtles, but to our furry companions as well. We are constantly trying to improve so your comments are most welcome. More 

Macon, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Their website says this "...garden filled with butterflies, birds, plants and beautiful flowers". There were plants and trees which we have never seen before. There were 3 or 4 butterflies. There were very few birds...just those that are regularly seen around Key West. There were almost no flowers. I love botanical gardens, therefore; I hate to ever talk negatively about... More 

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting The Key West Tropical Forest which is a nature preserve and botanical garden. The forest experiences the 4 seasons with the summer season having the most extreme weather conditions. Spring is the season when most of the native plants flower. Spring and fall are the migration seasons when we have an influx of hundreds of birds.... More 

Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Peaceful beautiful spot to see flowers and plants, hear birds singing, see butterflies flying and watch turtles swimming.

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the tropical forest and enjoying this endangered ecosystem. We hope you will come back again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

It was raining my first day in Key West. I chose this Botanical Garden for a morning activity. The drizzle didn't matter much as most of this is a boardwalk under a canopy of tropical trees. I didn't expect much, but I was surprised to see so many cool plants. I learned what a Buccaneer Palm was. Most plants had... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Very little to offer even the most seasoned horticulturists.$8 admission but in hindsight, we could have walked the grounds without paying a dime. Walked it in 45 minutes. Just nothing there at all! Skip it!

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

I was dismayed to read that you could walk through 12 acres of rare and endangered tropical forest & garden, waterfall, freshwater ponds, self guided audio tour describing our collection of plants and rare Cuban palm collection and not able able to appreciate it's beauty...seeing nothing. Please accept our apologies. More 

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