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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
+1 305-296-1504
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Wonderful walk thru nature ! Bring your bug spray if you are sweet to the mosquito 😊. Friendly... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Travel242424
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Jacksonville
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one of a kind treasure!

It's the only botanical garden in the US that never sees a frost - the type and variety of plants... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
shark4rae
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Cudjoe Key, Florida
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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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5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful walk thru nature ! Bring your bug spray if you are sweet to the mosquito 😊. Friendly staff and full of info on the site.

Thank Travel242424
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's the only botanical garden in the US that never sees a frost - the type and variety of plants are amazing. It's a great walk around the trails to see everything- lots of birds, butterflies and other tropical animals. We saw a bunch of...More

Thank shark4rae
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank supersas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Stephen W
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Dana B
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 6 May 2017 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...More

Thank Duquesadiner
Audrey T, Docent/Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2017

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...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

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.More

Thank Wes A
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

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...More

Reviewed 1 May 2017

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...More

Thank Annie C
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2017

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...More

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...More

Thank IHBFL32937
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...More

Thank Joseph D
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RCTravelHounds
Hi, Could you tell me how large the property is? How long would you recommend to walk the trails? Thanks!
3 October 2016|
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Response from Audrey T | Property representative |
There are 12 trails in the Key West Tropical Forest each one averaging less than 1/10 mile. The paved or boardwalk tours total approximately 1/2 mile. The mulched paths total approximately 1/3 mile. The entire site covers... More
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