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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

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518 Elizabeth St, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040-6821
+1 305-294-0015
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A hidden gem

A wonderful parrot rescue operation tucked secretly into a lush backyard garden. For a small... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2015
Alicia B
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Great Piece of Paradise

Nancy's is a well kept secret and a little hard to find, but well worth the time! The setting and... read more

Reviewed July 17, 2015
Woodbury, New Jersey
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OPEN RAIN OR SHINE Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing parrots. Artist and environmental activist Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and orphaned parrots for 28 years. Join her at 10 to 11 AM daily for Nancy's special presentation "Parrot 101" or "Storytelling" where guests can take pictures of un-caged 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. Guided 10 to 11, Self-guided 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. Parrots love music and videos played on smart devices! Well behaved dogs welcome. Please, leave your parrots at home! Thank you
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518 Elizabeth St, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040-6821
+1 305-294-0015
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Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

A wonderful parrot rescue operation tucked secretly into a lush backyard garden. For a small donation you get to see beautiful rescue birds and hear from the wonderful people who care for them. If you are there on the right day some of the birds...More

1  Thank Alicia B
Reviewed July 17, 2015

Nancy's is a well kept secret and a little hard to find, but well worth the time! The setting and parrots are beautiful. Nancy is a gem and very informative about the plants and birds. Loved it!

1  Thank DMBoyd61
Reviewed July 11, 2015

The Secret garden is in a residential neighbourhood. There are no signs marking the house so you have to look for it but once you find it you are in for a real treat. Nancy runs a parrot sanctuary for unwanted birds/parrots. If you are...More

2  Thank northfloridafolks
Reviewed July 11, 2015

Run by a knowledgable and caring lady doing her best to re-home unwanted parrots. Mr Peaches was delightful and very funny. Lockup your phones he understands and uses "apps" lol. Stayed longer than expected due to the talk Nancy gave - so much good information....More

Thank BrendaES1949
Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great informative talk from Nancy while getting some hands on experience with parrots. Not only do you learn a lot but the parrots are so beautiful! A great off the beaten path thing to do in Key West.

Thank Caroline R
Reviewed July 8, 2015

We spent a good couple of hours with Nancy and her parrots and had the privilege to meet the adorable Mr Peaches! Definitely worth dropping by and learning about the rescue birds

Thank klynne1
Reviewed July 5, 2015

This is a small, quiet exotic bird sanctuary. Between 10:00 - 11:00 they take some of the birds out of the cages so you can see them up close. Peaches is a Cock-a-too that is very gentle and perfectly content to perch on your arm....More

Thank ccblanck
Reviewed June 30, 2015

It is not fancy or commercial, but a haven for beautiful birds. If you enjoy getting close, even holding, and supporting their work, then don't miss it. If you have rowdy kids, leave 'em with Grandparents and enjoy this memorable sanctuary.

Thank Michael6539
Reviewed June 30, 2015

We had a fabulous time with Nancy and her birds! We were able to spend time with the birds that we requested as well as other birds. Nancy clearly loves her birds and we really enjoyed talking with her and spending time in her garden...More

Thank julis711
Reviewed June 24, 2015

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.

Thank dana p
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January 22, 2017|
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Response from Tammy J | Reviewed this property |
We did pet the birds also
Rui H
July 7, 2016|
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Response from Sarah H | Reviewed this property |
We found metered parking a few streets away but had to go back to pay the meter because we were having so much fun we wanted to stay longer than originally thought.
July 4, 2016|
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Response from Nancy F | Property representative |
Entrance Fee supports orphaned parrots and education for the public. $10 adults, $5 children 5 to 11,