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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
10:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 03:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

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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Quite the surprise!

I came across this while biking the area. It is a bird rescue & it was amazing! I had no idea this was here & I have been traveling to KW for decades. You should check this out!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited this lady's personal home as it was nearby to your inn where we were staying. It was our second visit to the area so we thought we would check out places not seen before. To say in so many words, the visit was interesting....this is a personal home of a very dedicated lady who rescues exotic birds. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I came across this while biking the area. It is a bird rescue & it was amazing! I had no idea this was here & I have been traveling to KW for decades. You should check this out!

Thank Kat H
Baltimore, Maryland
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Formerly this was a more extensive garden and parrot refuge. Now much of it is being developed and a new home is under construction in the rear. It is in a very poor state, accessed by a litter strewn walkway and so creepy we turned right around. Skip this one.

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Nancy F, Owner at Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, responded to this review

Dear BWLtravels YOU WERE AT THE WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden is open at 518 Elizabeth St 10 to 3 (small garden, large parrots) Educational Parrot 101 More 

Genoa, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 13 January 2017

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 

Thank Sarah H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 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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Argenta, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 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 24 December 2016 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!!!

Thank doyles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 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 9 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

Thank sprvardy

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