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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

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Address: 518 Elizabeth St, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040-6821
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+1 305-294-0015
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10:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 03:00
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OPEN RAIN OR SHINE Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing...

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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As other reviews have said, you can walk right by this rather ramshackle home and never recognize it as Nancy's home for wayward and unwanted parrots. Be sure to take the address... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As other reviews have said, you can walk right by this rather ramshackle home and never recognize it as Nancy's home for wayward and unwanted parrots. Be sure to take the address and look for the one home out of place in an otherwise pristine neighbor. Its a pleasant 20 minute walk from the Southern end of Duval Street for... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Concur with everything previous reviewers, Kona J and Laurel K, said. If birds are comfortable with you and are "in the mood", Nancy lets you hold and even pet these sweet creatures! Nancy is very interesting and informative, but can get a bit long winded, especially for my ADHD kids, but the personal interaction with her birds is worth it.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I visited the morning of our departure day back to Ohio. We had a GREAT time! Nancy and Steve really know the birds and it was fascinating to hear about them as I have little bird knowledge. The birds are gorgeous I can see what draws people to them, but after hearing Nancy talk, they sound like... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was by far our favorite thing we did in Key West! It's not on the main path and hard to find parking, but 100% worth it!! Nancy and her volunteer that was there that day were amazing. Very very patient and extremely knowledgeable. Didn't mind my 5 year old asking a million questions and answered and took all of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A MUST see when in Key West! Meet Nancy and learn all about her love of parrots! Her rescue has several endangered parrots that she has rescued and nursed back to health. You will get to hold and take pictures with some of her very special birds. Don't miss Mr Peaches and Baby Blue!!! Highly highly recommend!!!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Susan's place is a great place to meet some rescued parents, learn about the birds, and have great hands on interaction. We spent an hour playing with several birds.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I was so touched by meeting Nancy and her rescue mission for exotic birds. So informative and an opportunity to meet these beautiful creatures up close. Such a little gem in key west and bringing the city back from bars and frat parties to eco friendly and conservation. She truly is amazing and we loved meeting her birds

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places that we visited on our trip to key west. It was very educational and the birds are breathtakingly beautiful. I recommend any kind of animal lover come visit and learn something about these highly intelligent birds.

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Clifton Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Kudos to Mary and her staff for taking in and giving all this beautiful birds a home. The caretaker brought out several parrots - with one or two okay to sit on your arm!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Unique spot in the backyard of her home, this older woman is on a mission to save these beautiful birds, with few financial resources. When we visited, she had 23 of these beautiful creatures who frequently outlive their owners - they have long lifespans of 70 years or so. She's a wealth of information. Don't be put off - she's... More 

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