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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, not spectacular

This was almost really nice, but didn't quite work. At points, it felt like they needed better maintenance and better plant care. But I am still very glad we went.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Craig D
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Mission Viejo, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 1 week 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 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was almost really nice, but didn't quite work. At points, it felt like they needed better maintenance and better plant care. But I am still very glad we went.

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

Thank you for visiting the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. As one of the last natural areas in the Keys and Key West The Forest plays an important part in the ecology of the Keys and it's unique environment. A "Botanic Garden" is an institution holding documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation,... More 

Jacksonville, Florida, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

well maintained trails with cell phone tour you can download. Great butterfly garden and some impressive endangered palm trees

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Pensacola, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

A pleasant park that shows you Key West before it was inhabited with the various flora that is indigenous to the area. A nice, pleasant walk. Not challenging. Worth the time if you are a nature lover.

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

It was good hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Key West Tropical Forest and were able to appreciate our efforts to preserve our indigenous trees and shrubs. This isthe peak blooming season for our natives and I hope you enjoyed the sweet fragrance of the Fiddlewood and the many Jamaica Capers that are flowering now. More 

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