Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

5210 College Road, Key West, FL 33040 - United States





The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only “frost-free” botanical garden in the continental United States. Considered a ‘living museum,’ its 81 year history and location offers a sub-tropical environment with ample rain that 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 of the region. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the education and protection of native plants and species through the conservation of natural habitats.

Your visit begins with a smiling greeter at our education center. See a short film and browse the photo walls. Pick up a Garden Guide that describes the 10 self-guided tours which includes 2 wetland habitats, 2 butterfly gardens and 2 exhibits. The lush courtyard has a waterfall wall of tropical plants and below turtles happily show off their home. Meander through the 1 1/2 acre habitat in the Historical Butterfly Garden and the new Blue Butterfly Garden housing plants for over 38 species identified throughout the year! Stroll through a lush canopy of tropical palms and trees. Discover a hidden pond and maybe get lucky enough to see a rare resident white crowned pigeon or bald eagle! Know as a bird watching hot spot, sightings of 190 different species of birds since 2004 have been documented. Gift shop, refreshments, restrooms and fresh water fountain for water bottles are available. Enjoy the garden and learn via self-guided tours, the 80th Anniversary Garden Guide, Docent Tour, cell phone or the QR Smart App tour, and the garden is a Wi-Fi hot-spot.

Rediscover your sense of exploration and adventure. This garden is a great family venue for the beginning naturalist to the academic. Everyday is a great day to see the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden.


Lower Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival

Bird Migration Tour

Butterfly I.D. Tour

Cuban Palm Exhibit

Cuban Chug Exhibit

Cactus Barren Exhibit

Docent Guided Tours

Wildlife Guest Speaker Presentation

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