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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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Hidden gem of Key West that every animal lover should visit!

Visited yesterday with my mom and hands down visiting Nancy and her birds was the most fun and... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lindsey F
via mobile

A must go in Key West!! Please consider a trip to see Nancy and her parrots. After Hurricane Wilma... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2017
Dianne Y
via mobile
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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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“beautiful birds” (46 reviews)
“animal lovers” (12 reviews)
“baby blue” (11 reviews)
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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 3 days ago via mobile

Visited yesterday with my mom and hands down visiting Nancy and her birds was the most fun and pleasant experience of my vacation in Key West. She was very warm and welcoming and her birds were an absolute delight. I actually hated when we left...More

Thank Lindsey F
Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

A must go in Key West!! Please consider a trip to see Nancy and her parrots. After Hurricane Wilma she has suffered both financially and emotionally. She could really use visitors!!

Thank Dianne Y
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Nensy is a charming woman! her birds are beautiful! unfortunately her house and the birds were very affected after Hurricane Irma. Almost a month she tries to put everything in order. this is a terrible tragedy! She does not have the money to keep the...More

Thank Olena D
Reviewed 7 September 2017

At first glance my parents did not want to go in. There is an old house with a TripAdvisor sign on a path leading to the backyard. The yard and path are over grown, needs to be trimmed but she can only do so much....More

Thank RodDaly
Reviewed 6 September 2017

A rescue sanctuary for exotic birds operated by Nancy Forrester and is most informative regarding the types of birds and their history etc....Nancy operates for the most part on donations and does a splendid job answering questions and at times allowing visitors to hold birds....great...More

Thank Danny B
Reviewed 24 August 2017

I'm rolling my eyes at the (comparatively few) visitors who were disappointed by this magical place. If you're looking for slick touristy nonsense, spare yourself. If you want a glimpse into the real Key West and an enchanting conversation with a local treasure, make it...More

2  Thank Molly Y
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I had seen Nancy's garden on another website saying it was a different experience to others in Florida and this was so right. As others have said the property did look a little run down, but once you meet Nancy you realise that every penny...More

2  Thank Snowspell
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

What a treat hidden in the middle of Key West. Nancy has done amazing things for these birds (and some are available for adoption). Every bird was unwanted and she has given them a loving home. She invites us into her home to educate people...More

Thank mandipoo09
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Nancy's Secret Garden was listed in 153 Things to do in Key West. My wife and I stopped in just in time to catch the end of Nancy's presentation to a group of children. Very educational and neat to have something like this hidden in...More

2  Thank jfreak
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

We had taken a different route to get to the southern part of town, I saw coconuts and was taking pictures when another couple came up out of nowhere, I thought it was their house so I explained that I was just taking a picture...More

2  Thank Renee W
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23 January 2017|
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Response from Tammy J | Reviewed this property |
We did pet the birds also
Rui H
7 July 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.
4 July 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,