Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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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  • KW Conch
    Kearney, Missouri58 contributions
    What a great find
    We’ve been to KW several times and went to the farmers market. When leaving we stumbled across the botanical garden that sits in an old fort ruin and right on the beach. When we entered we were given a brief history and a map as it is a self guided tour. The cost is all donation so whatever you want to give to keep this little jewel going is all they ask. When we walked through we saw a very well done garden and all sorts of plants and most were tagged with info. The orchids were so cool and the variety of plants was really neat. Good spots for photo ops and a few to just sit and have your coffe or a quick rest. It’s not a long walk through. We spent under an hour but if you wanted to you could do it in more or less time. It’s just another really neat spot to get to know on KW and you will feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 20, 2020
  • Julie T
    Port Saint Lucie, Florida1 contribution
    Welcome Party for Family Reunion in Key West
    I held a welcome party for a family event for 100 guests and this Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden was perfect. To be surrounded in such beautiful, clean, cherished nature was amazing. Misha McRae, who hosted our event, I believe is the director there and his love for his job and the property is unmatched. He gave me a tour when I arrived to go over final details and was so detail oriented and loves every inch of this beautiful paradise. He is so friendly and congenial....his pleasant personality and smile are contagious and he loves sharing the history with visitors and is quite knowledgeable. The night of our event he was there the entire time in the background making sure everything went smoothly. Between Misha, the amazing backdrop of nature, the caterer we selected, Catered Affairs (Martina), and DJ Font from Miami everything was absolutely perfect and guests were blown away with how lovely the event was. I would highly recommend this venue. I have had many events and this was one that was flawless. Thank you to all who helped make this special for my family. A fantastic time was had by all!
    Thank you for your review and appreciation of this garden and its native beauty.
    Written December 4, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited May 2022
    Written May 23, 2022
  • Lori W
    Charleston, South Carolina28 contributions
    Beautiful, Just beautiful!
    The meticulous gardens were gorgeous.. There was a nice path thru the tower and all around the gardens that overlooked the beach. Amazing orchids, cactus, and other plants. Although there were fans, I did not like the smell of the cigarette smoke in the tower.
    Thank you for your review, however you visited the Key West Garden Club at Fort West Martello not the Key West Tropical Forest. I agree with you that the garden you visited is gorgeous. Hope you get to visit the Tropical Forest on your next visit to the Keys. We are located on Stock Island next to the Golf Course.
    Written December 4, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited March 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written April 4, 2022
  • Coyote-Travelerz
    Jacksonville, Florida1,465 contributions
    A Quiet Retreat
    A bit off the beaten track, a walk around the gardens is both relaxing and educational. If you are luck, you will encounter some of the local residents (lizards, turtles, spiders, and BUTTERFLIES). We would defiantly recommend this as a stop to anyone who wants to unwind away from the crowds.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2021
  • J E
    Fredericksburg, Virginia8,793 contributions
    Very Much "Meh!"
    While visiting Key West we stopped in here to tour the gardens. It was a very hot and humid day, but the majority of the walking areas were under the canopies of various trees. They do have an interesting assortment of trees and shrubs, but it’s otherwise pretty boring. Not many butterflies in the area where the blooming trees were. Some paths are bumpy and can be tough for handicapped patrons to walk on. Overall, we weren’t impressed with this place and wouldn’t go back. The Key West Garden Club is much prettier and more interesting to visit and it’s free. This place charges $10 per adult.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 10, 2023
  • Anna G
    10 contributions
    Bring bug spray, otherwise pretty!
    Pretty route and it was nice to see some butterflies and be in nature. My biggest recommendation is to advise guests to wear mosquito repellent - I got bitten alive and it impacted my enjoyment. I also found it relatively small, you only need 30 mins.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 9, 2023
  • Hilary P
    Westchester County, New York94 contributions
    A Fabulous Find in KW
    We stumbled upon this hidden gem on a walk to the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our time walking around the old fort marvelling at plant life we'd never seen before. I highly recommend taking the time to see the gardens.
    Thank you for your response, but you are referring to The Key West Garden Club at Fort West Martello, not the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens. I invite you to visit us on your next visit. We are located on Stock Island near the Golf Course just on the other side of the Cow Key Bridge.
    Written March 10, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Written February 28, 2020
  • BelleKreyol
    Washington DC, District of Columbia450 contributions
    Beautiful and relaxing
    We enjoyed taking in the lovely gardens and all it had to offer. We spent about 2 hours exploring and learning about the different plants, trees and ecosystems. At $10 per adult, definitely worth it. Kids under 5 are free. Our little one had a great time with the scavenger hunt. Highly recommend.
    Visited December 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written December 28, 2020
  • TripleAMom69
    Libertyville, Illinois41 contributions
    Worth the Time
    We took my 80 year old mother here and she loved it. Great selection of native trees and plants. Boardwalk through most of the grounds which was really helpful with her walker. I would recommend spending about an hour. If you are limited on time I would go here ahead of the Key West Garden Club which is much smaller.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2022
  • St_Matty
    Houston, Texas5,055 contributions
    Nice way to spend a few hours in the peace and quiet
    We spent a few hours here and enjoyed the peace and quiet, the Cuban Exhibit was particularly nice. Probably travelled at the wrong time of the year as there were no plants flowering. We saw plenty of Turtles and Lizards but not many birds, again maybe the wrong time of the year. We enjoyed our time there but found the staff member very offish verging on rude.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 12, 2023
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Coyote-Travelerz
Jacksonville, FL1,465 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
A bit off the beaten track, a walk around the gardens is both relaxing and educational. If you are luck, you will encounter some of the local residents (lizards, turtles, spiders, and BUTTERFLIES).

We would defiantly recommend this as a stop to anyone who wants to unwind away from the crowds.
Written October 2, 2021
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J E
Fredericksburg, VA8,793 contributions
Jun 2023
While visiting Key West we stopped in here to tour the gardens. It was a very hot and humid day, but the majority of the walking areas were under the canopies of various trees. They do have an interesting assortment of trees and shrubs, but it’s otherwise pretty boring. Not many butterflies in the area where the blooming trees were. Some paths are bumpy and can be tough for handicapped patrons to walk on. Overall, we weren’t impressed with this place and wouldn’t go back. The Key West Garden Club is much prettier and more interesting to visit and it’s free. This place charges $10 per adult.
Written June 10, 2023
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Anna G
10 contributions
Jul 2023
Pretty route and it was nice to see some butterflies and be in nature. My biggest recommendation is to advise guests to wear mosquito repellent - I got bitten alive and it impacted my enjoyment. I also found it relatively small, you only need 30 mins.
Written July 9, 2023
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Hilary P
Westchester County, NY94 contributions
Jan 2020
We stumbled upon this hidden gem on a walk to the beach. We thoroughly enjoyed our time walking around the old fort marvelling at plant life we'd never seen before. I highly recommend taking the time to see the gardens.
Written February 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Thank you for your response, but you are referring to The Key West Garden Club at Fort West Martello, not the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens. I invite you to visit us on your next visit. We are located on Stock Island near the Golf Course just on the other side of the Cow Key Bridge.
Written March 10, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BelleKreyol
Washington DC, DC450 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
We enjoyed taking in the lovely gardens and all it had to offer. We spent about 2 hours exploring and learning about the different plants, trees and ecosystems. At $10 per adult, definitely worth it. Kids under 5 are free. Our little one had a great time with the scavenger hunt. Highly recommend.
Written December 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TripleAMom69
Libertyville, IL41 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
We took my 80 year old mother here and she loved it. Great selection of native trees and plants. Boardwalk through most of the grounds which was really helpful with her walker. I would recommend spending about an hour. If you are limited on time I would go here ahead of the Key West Garden Club which is much smaller.
Written December 29, 2022
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St_Matty
Houston, TX5,055 contributions
Mar 2023
We spent a few hours here and enjoyed the peace and quiet, the Cuban Exhibit was particularly nice. Probably travelled at the wrong time of the year as there were no plants flowering. We saw plenty of Turtles and Lizards but not many birds, again maybe the wrong time of the year.
We enjoyed our time there but found the staff member very offish verging on rude.
Written March 12, 2023
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Mlane2
Orlando, FL5 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We love visiting botanical gardens. This is Not a typical botanical gardens. It looked like they just cut a path through the natural vegetation that would be there. We didn’t see any flowers. Not maintained. The grounds looked pretty bad. Walked through several spiderwebs on the paths. Total waste of money and time. This should be free and ran by volunteers for what it is.
Written August 15, 2021
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Yooperbird
Lansing, MI43 contributions
Jan 2023 • Solo
We stopped at this place after seeing signs for it while we were on our way to check out the local college. Our flight didn’t take off until 4 so we had some time to kill. What a nice stop! I spent about an hour in the garden/forest looking at all the plants/turtles/birds. I saw some birds that I had not seen during my visit and some butterflies. There was a lot of red ear slider turtles. There was also little lizards and iguanas. It was $10 for an entrance fee for myself. It was a hot day but the trails are shady. If you have time to stop I would recommend it. It was very enjoyable and relaxing.
Written January 29, 2023
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DevLou1127
Cape Coral, FL7 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Cool little nature walk and amazing Cuban boat display with historical facts. Lizards and iguanas everywhere and turtles in the main pond by entrance. Cool musical instruments that kids would love too.
Written March 11, 2023
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