Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

5210 College Rd., Key West, 33040
(305) 296-1504
Daily, 10:00am-4:00pm
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Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden

This trail site is a special place where visitors can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. Celebrating over 80 years of history, it continues to protect native flora and fauna in the region. The site has two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for north-and-southbound birds. This one of a kind US tropical forest and garden is filled with butterflies, birds, plants and beautiful flowers. Pick up a Garden Guide that describes the 12 self-guided tours, two butterfly gardens, two wetland habitats, and three exhibits. Ask about earning your ‘Wings Over Florida Butterfly Certificate’. The garden is ADA compliant with restrooms, a visitor center, and a gift shop. This property is also a magnet for Florida specialties such as Short-tailed Hawk, White-crowned Pigeon and Black-whiskered Vireo. In winter and migration, check the large trees at the entrance for Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. Ask about recent sightings of rarities; Bahama Mockingbird, Yellow-green Vireo, MacGillivray’s Warbler, and Western Spindalis have been spotted in past years. The site boasts an impressive eBird species list of 193 species! Special birders’ hours are offered in April and September with several family friendly events offered during the calendar year; please call ahead for more details.

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