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“Lovely little respite”

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
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Key West Hop-on Hop-off Narrated Trolley Tour
Ranked #24 of 180 things to do in Key West
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Owner description: The home of Capt. John H. Geiger, harbor pilot and master wrecker, was built between 1846 and 1849. Slated for destruction in 1958, it was saved by the Mitchell Wolfson Family Foundation, a nonprofit educational institution. This large scale restoration was the first of its kind in Key West, thus sparking the restoration movement in Key West.Antique enthusiasts will appreciate the unique quality of the furnishings displayed in the Audubon House Museum. All furnishings reflect the elegance and comfortable living enjoyed for a wealthy family in Key West during the mid-1800’s. 31 of the original hand colored Antique engravings of the 22 birds J.J. Audubon painted in the Florida Keys during his 6 week visit in 1832 can be seen throughout the House. In addition to informative reading panels, an introduction to the property and its history will be given by your guide, and then you will roam the house and gardens at your leisure. Varieties of orchids and bromeliads emerge from the foliage and trees to surprise you with their vibrant blooms. Native plants and exotics provide an environment that is reminiscent of old Key West. Trees and plants are labeled with their common names, Latin names, and country of origin. This is the finest tropical garden in the Florida Keys. You may even catch a glimpse of some of our local birds! The garden tour also includes a self-guided visit to the Cook House. Houses of the period in the Florida Keys did not have inside kitchens as they were sources of heat and of course, fire hazards. A visit to the Audubon Gallery of Fine Arts will take you through the wonderful world of original Audubon Antique hand painted lithographs. The original Antique prints of some of J.J. Audubon’s contemporaries are also available for sale.The Museum Shop offers a wide selection of unique one-of-a-kind gifts, home décor, Antiques and educational materials.Our lush tropical gardens can be the site of your event:, whether you are planning a wedding or a corporate event. Let us make your event happen.
Reviewed October 1, 2012

As locals we often don't get to many of the 'tourist' spots. But last Saturday the Audubon House participated in the Smithsonian Museum day and with the lure of free tickets, we decided to check it out.

We loved the fact that whenever you're ready, a knowledgeable guide takes you one-on-one over to the house from the gift shop, gives you a little back ground and then leaves you to explore at your own pace. He was around to answer questions but not intrusive. The house was lovely, the grounds beautiful and the art stunning. We would definitely recommend this as a diversion to our Key West visitors.

Plan to spend about an hour here...a little more if you're interested in perusing the prints and original Audubons that are for sale in the art gallery off the gift shop. They also rent the house and grounds for special events...it would be a very cool place for a wedding.

Thank dailyplanit
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

This was a nice little diversion I took when I had limited time recently in Key West. The fee was $12 and they set you up with a guide. You are taken into the house and the guide explains a lot of the history, etc. Then you are free to roam the small house and gardens. The guide will hang back and answer any questions. The house is nice and quaint and the furnishings are all 1800 period pieces. Upstairs are all of Audubon's drawings for the birds of the Keys with lots of notations. The gardens are lovely and a nice little oasis on the corner of a major street in Key West. It was an interesting diversion, but small.

Thank dkoenig101
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Nice place to visit if you want to get away from the crowds and people for an hour. Believe it or not, it was quiet despite the cruise ship crowd on the other side of the fence. The tour guides were really nice and knowledgeable and the house, grounds and bird prints were beautiful.

Thank Kelly D
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

The staff here is wonderful. I toured the house on a Saturday and I didn't have to wait in line at all. I asked for a self-guided tour, but I was still given a brief description about the house and Audubon's connection to it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable. I'm a bird lover, but my favorite part of the visit was the gardens. They include many unique flowers, plants, and trees that I couldn't identify without the provided signs.

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Reviewed August 31, 2012

The tour guide gave us a lot of interesting information. I loved seeing the Audubon prints. Also enjoyed the book store and gardens. I like to soak up history and atmosphere and this place is good for doing that.

Thank katdarcy
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