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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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Address: 5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
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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 few hours

A decent garden with an excellent hiking trail. Nice pond and boardwalks. A few birds and turtles. Liked it.

Reviewed 6 days ago
Stephen W
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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Essex UK
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautiful peaceful garden where you can see love has gone into its planning and planting. Time spent among its trees and plants provides the needed balance to the noise and action of other parts of Key West. Always worth a visit each time you visit Key West.

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A decent garden with an excellent hiking trail. Nice pond and boardwalks. A few birds and turtles. Liked it.

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Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

As a Tropical Forest as well as a botanical garden, we are happy you enjoyed our hiking trails and ponds. Due to hurricane damage, our Hammock Trail had been closed for over 10 years and we worked hard to get it back open 2 years ago. We are continuing to improve our trails and boardwalks so please visit us again. More 

Manchester, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you are interested in what the flora and fauna of the lower keys was like before hotels, motels and condos then this is the place to visit. Devoted to native plants and their associated animals, this is a great place to visit.

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Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

The Key West Botanical Garden Society is please that you enjoyed your visit to our 15 acre tropical refuge. You picked an ideal time for seeing most of the plants in bloom. We hope that you will return again in the future. More 

Glasgow
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This attraction was visited by us on Easter Sunday so our comments may not reflect other tourists who went here on busier days. We took a pre-arranged excursion off the cruise we were on and were supposed to meet a guide outside the gardens. No guide arrived and our shuttle bus driver tried many things to see what had gone... More 

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

On behalf of the Key West Tropical Forest I would like to apologize for the problem with your visit. Unfortunately, we were not given any notice by the cruise ship or the shuttle service that a tour had been scheduled and we did not know about it. This is the first time this has ever happened. We have since talked... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was our first time here but will enjoy boing back. It is a well taken care of place. I do recommend using your phone or get the book, so can really enjoy the plants.

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Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review and we are happy that you enjoyed our small but important piece of paradise. The audio tour on your phone or the Garden Guide Book with written text and pictures are two of the three ways to enjoy the Garden and discover new information. We also are working on approximately 90 new signs that... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a spur of the moment thing-and I have been in tropical rain forests and this was not it. The plants were much in need of water and trim...I know its all volunteer but listening to the poor dogs barking and baying next door made me wish I had spent our money next door instead....

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Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Sorry for your misunderstanding of the Key West Tropical Forest. We are not a tropical rain forest but rather a hardwood rockland tropical forest. Our native plants have adapted to our harsh environment which receives rain the summer months but receives very little rain during the winter months. We do apply supplemental watering where necessary and our small volunteer staff... More 

Indian Harbour Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

I have seen the sign for this on many trips to Key West but it took a cancelled dive day to motivate me to visit. The garden is small to medium with many loops and paths to follow. For its size it had a surprising variety. The purely tropical collection is what really makes it unique The staff was very... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 14 April 2017

This offers you a change of scenery from the hustle and bustle of Mallory Square and Duval Street. Most of the walkways are elevated with the points of interest numbered and correspond to numbers on your garden map. What makes this unusual is the selection of Cuban palm trees. They have several levels of palm branches from the ground up... More 

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Stayton OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

If you need a break on your way to Key West or if you enjoy plants, this is a good stop. The price is reasonable and it is a good place for a short walk to stretch your legs. There is quite a selection of tropical plants to check out. We especially enjoyed the Cuban palms.

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Los Alamos, New Mexico
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is the only place I found in Key West where you can experience the Florida Keys in their nearly natural state. It's as much about conservation as about tourism. Don't expect a groomed "botanical garden" but there are paths through native plants and landscape with signs describing the plants. Some areas have been planted to attract native butterflies and... More 

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