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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

#58 of 177 things to do in Key West Features Animals
5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
+1 305-296-1504
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Beautiful place

Such a beautiful gorgeous place, so much to see, you can enjoy the beauty of the tropical garden... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Long Island, New York
Visit a piece of native Florida

I'm a gardener and I love visiting Botanical Gardens so this was a no-brainer. First, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lutz, 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
+1 305-296-1504
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Reviewed yesterday

Such a beautiful gorgeous place, so much to see, you can enjoy the beauty of the tropical garden with the plants, butterflies, ponds and all little creatures, a must visit place.

Thank gabriellaczky
Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm a gardener and I love visiting Botanical Gardens so this was a no-brainer. First, the logistics. Free parking, bring your own bottle and fill it at their water fountain, get the free map at the front. I would also highly recommend buying the book...More

Thank mellielong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was hot and the boardwalk was being repaired and roped off. Several different types of trees. Glad we went but nothing to exciting. Would be better in the cooler weather.

Thank 19SeniorTravelers59
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Want to know more about the palm trees and tropical plants that are native to Key West? Grab a map and stroll around the lush tropical forest and botanic garden. I learned a lot about native plants and their historical uses.More

Thank Shari_Lu_P
botanicalgarden, Public Relations Manager at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

On behalf of the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden, I thank you for your visit and comment on the Garden. Moreover, we appreciate your impression of the Garden and our mission. It is our purpose not to just preserve but to education the...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really well laid out and worth the trip for sure. Unfettered and less horticultural than most if not all botanical gardens I've been to...Well laid out paths and good descriptions of the floraMore

Thank Jay R
Audrey T, Secretary, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is dedicated to preserving our native plants and showcasing them in a natural setting. As Key West is a little different than the rest of the world, so is our botanical garden. Glad you enjoyed it and...More

Reviewed 28 June 2017 via mobile

As a native Floridian, it was a treat for me to show my children a beautiful and natural garden. Bring bug spray and wear comfortable shoes that can get dirty. This is not a manicured garden, like an aquarium to see fish. This is a...More

Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2017

Our staff and volunteers appreciate your comments which make all we do worth our time and efforts. Your comparison between an aquarium and snorkeling is absolutely correct. We hope you will be back again soon as we continue to try to improve our visitors experience.

Reviewed 25 June 2017

OK to be fair this is a beautiful and very natural place. You get to see the Florida Keys natural setting. I really enjoyed the butterfly areas. However, we managed to visit the day after a rain storm and went back to the fresh water...More

1  Thank jctkoontz
Reviewed 24 June 2017 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 16 June 2017

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 25 May 2017

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

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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