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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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Address: 5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
Phone Number: +1 305-296-1504
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The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only...

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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This is a small wild space on Stock Island. It is a native ( Caribbean) flora & fauna habitat. The tour is self-guided following a short introductory video. There are very... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this lovely place through a BOGO coupon in our Key West Pass booklet. It's more naturalized with boardwalks and trails wandering through a forest of native and island plant species, many of which were new to me. Some butterflies, bees, and few birds, but it was quite relaxing. The gift shop has some great videos regarding the Cuban... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a small wild space on Stock Island. It is a native ( Caribbean) flora & fauna habitat. The tour is self-guided following a short introductory video. There are very informative signs about the medicinal properties of some of the plants as used by the Mayans. It's a good place to go to get away from the crowds in... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This non-profit garden is only about 11 acres, but holds an absolute treasure of plants and trees. Most are native, but there are some from around the world. The paths are well-maintained, their guide map is excellent, and there are scores of markers which serve to activate a guide commentary on your smartphone. The volunteer staff has done an excellent... More 

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Audrey T, Volunteer Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

As part of the volunteer staff at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden let me say that we appreciate your positive review. With one part-time maintenance person and a handful of volunteers, maintenance of the site is a difficult task, but it is one that we love. Many people have had the same experience when looking at the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

The Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is an interesting place with many native tropical plants. Admission fee is $5.00. The brief video at the beginning is really just a fund raising testimonial and not worth the time. The gardens are interesting and we certainly enjoyed the plethora of plants, many the same species however. We are garden enthusiasts and enjoy... More 

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Austin, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Good selection of local plants although its a small 1.5 acre plot. Nice jungle path ways. All soil was from dredging about the Key What area.

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

I am sorry you thought you encountered a cranky docent. However, I don't think you were at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botancial Garden. You may have been at the Key West Garden Club which is located along the Atlantic Ocean in Fort Martello West. This site is a small 1.5 acre site. The Key West Tropical Forest &... More 

Bloomfield, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I visited the Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden after seeing it advertised in a Key West brochure. We were looking for interesting places to walk. We were not disappointed. The admission for Seniors is only $5 each, so it is a great value. The friendly young woman who greeted us at the Visitors Center suggested we watch... More 

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are happy that you found it an enjoyable walk and hope you return to visit us again. Many of our local residents bring their dog(s) for a walk through the forest frequently and they say their furry companions enjoy the walk just as much. More 

North Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

If you are looking for something to do other than the beach, Try Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden. You will get lost in the tropical Foliage. Walk the trails. Plenty of benches so you can stop and take in the serenity. Stop at the gift shop. We bought books and even took home a coffee plant.

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. We are happy that you were able to appreciate our hidden gem. Please tell your frends and return to see us again. More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Definitely worth a visit. Free admission. Its right on the beach and has some amazing plants flowers and trees

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Audrey T, Docent at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, however, you were not at the Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. You were at the Key West Garden Club at Fort Martello on the beach (keywestgardenclubcom). The Tropical forest & Botanical Garden is located on Stock Island and comprises 15 acres of tropical forest and hundreds of native plants, many of which are rare... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Trails lead through the various parts of the garden showing high canopy tree areas, ponds and the butterfly gardens where specific plants attract butterflies. Impressive collection of cuban palm trees. We spent three hours there, observing birds and all the plants. Very friendly staff introduced us to the layout and explained what is to be seen where. It is not... More 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

It was handicapp accessible which was nice. It was just basically a nice walk in the woods. There were a few sculptures but it really needed some interest when walking around, more flowering plants or a few more sculptures and animals. It was a walk for about an hour.

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