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“Best thing in Key West”

Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden
Ranked #46 of 177 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Best thing in Key West”
Reviewed 25 February 2014 via mobile

This is a genuine bird sanctuary. Nancy has dedicated her life to these beautiful abandoned birds and truly does an amazing job. The admission of 10.00 is worth it just to have the opportunity to meet such an honest and good human being. Take extra cash to donate towards the birds needs you will be glad you did

4 Thank Dawi888
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Level 5 Contributor
70 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A Key West Treasure”
Reviewed 23 February 2014

Nancy is so dedicated and committed to helping her birds. She was short staffed while we were there, so we didn't get to hear as much from her. She is a delight to listen to and it is worth the $10 to visit her and see what she has created.The birds are beautiful and its was inspirational to see what she has done in her life in Key West.

Visited February 2014
4 Thank camckh
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“More people like Nancy needed in this world”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

Its all about the birds as it should be. Without Nancy's dedication these birds would never have had a chance. My wife and I were the first to arrive and then a local bike tour arrived so it was quite busy. Note that the Secret Garden is no longer there and Nancy only provides the guided/talking session between 10-11. She is simply too busy and short staffed at the moment to be available the entire day. If you set your expectations correctly you will enjoy your time and leave wishing you could do more if you are like us. Steven/Amy from NC

Visited February 2014
3 Thank Steven S
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

Ms. Forrester and her partner are really inspiring, the birds are full of character, some with really heartbreaking stories. We enjoyed ourselves immensely and would highly recommend spending an hour or two here. The $10 per person donation/entry fee is well worth it, consider pitching in a little bit more to help support the birds!

Visited February 2014
4 Thank TANNK2013
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Columbia, Maryland, United States
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Loved the birds!”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Spent the morning here and had a great time. We had a chance to see and hold some of the birds and learned about the different types and how they ended up with Ms. Forrester. It's well worth the price of admission.

Visited January 2014
3 Thank Maryellen S
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