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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

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5210 College Rd, Key West, FL 33040-4302
+1 305-296-1504
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Your must see in Key West

I highly recommend spending a few dollars to see the Florida I remember . Such beautiful and very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thom S
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Columbus, Ohio
See what the keys looked like before being colonized

KWTFBG is a great way to spend the afternoon. They are open 7 days a week. The Gardens were first... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2017
KW_Taveler
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Key West, 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
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend spending a few dollars to see the Florida I remember . Such beautiful and very clam and tranquil part of the Key West paradise. I visited 2 weeks before Irma and am so thankful for the experience. Keep this gem in your...More

Thank Thom S
Audrey T, Board of Directors at Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit. Unfortunately, Irma has devastated many of our beautiful trees. The clean up is going full speed however, and nature has a way of recovering quickly. We hope to have the Garden open and welcome visitors again soon.

Reviewed 19 August 2017

KWTFBG is a great way to spend the afternoon. They are open 7 days a week. The Gardens were first developed during the Depression as a tourist attraction. It is much more than that. A lot of work has taken place to ensure that only...More

Thank KW_Taveler
Reviewed 17 August 2017

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

Thank you for your positive review. The Key West Tropical Forest strives to make the garden a place where everyone from children to adults can enjoy and learn about our unique Keys habitat.

Reviewed 9 August 2017

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 25 July 2017

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 24 July 2017

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 25 July 2017

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 20 July 2017

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 26 July 2017

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

Thank TAKEmeAWAY2EXPLORE
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 26 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 Jennifer K
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
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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
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