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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
Ranked #31 of 188 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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
Reviewed May 13, 2014

One must admire the work and passion involved in giving the 26 beautiful birds a home but BRING INSECT REPELLENT! Got seriously munched!

Thank Marion R
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Nancy is awesome! Her backyard in KW is full of cages housing abandoned parrots. The yard is like a jungle and rather unique. The birds are well cared for and fun to interact with. Must see for any bird lover or environmentalist

Thank crzy4u2
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

I'm so glad I found out about this place. Its not actually a garden anymore per se, but an exotic bird sanctuary. Nancy takes in and rehabilitates abused or abandoned exotic birds and they all live right in her back yard. She has lived on Key West for over 45 years and is truly an amazing person. Its $10, (all the money goes to help feed and take care of the birds), and if you go between 10-11, either her, or Steve will be there to talk to you about the birds and even hold one or two of them. After 11, it’s a self-guided experience, and very much worth seeing on your own, but I highly recommend going at 10.

When I went, I was the only one there, and I sat with Steve (he works for Nancy) for an hour talking about the birds and asking all sorts of questions. I got to hold Peaches, the cockatoo, who was so excited to be on my arm, he kept bobbing up and down doing his little dance moves. When I was leaving, I bumped into Nancy who I spoke to for a good 30 minutes about what she does and her time on the island. She’s been there for 45 years and worked as a nature conservationist for quite some time before finding herself taking care of all the birds. Apparently, she used to have beautiful gardens behind her house as well, but lost those to foreclosure and they have since been developed into housing. Very sad for such an environmental advocate, but now her duty is to care for and help these birds.

If you are an animal lover and want a really cool, up-close experience with some beautiful birds, definitely visit Nancy’s place. You’ll not only be doing yourself a favor, but you’ll also -be helping out these gorgeous feathered creatures.

1  Thank shorticori
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Reviewed May 8, 2014

We stopped in with our one year old thinking this would be something he would enjoy. We were right...he loved seeing all the colorful birds and had a great time. Admission was $10 per adult, and the little guy was free. The $10 seems a bit steep but it goes towards helping the bird rescue so I didn't really have an issue with it. Just be prepared that this is someones home/backyard. We felt a bit awkward walking back there. Also, think "cat lady house" but with birds instead. Also, we were there at the end of the "show" that is held each day at 10am however, it was less of a show and more of a gathering of bird enthusiasts.

Thank hugz415
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is a must see in Key West. This woman is amazing! The parrots are her passion and she is very patient in answering questions especially with kids. The cages are clean and obviously well cared for. You will remember this over anything else you will see in Key West. The Hyacinth Macaw is one of the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen.

Thank JudyJohn
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