Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Key West tropical forest and botanical garden

5210 College Road

Key West, FL 33040

By Phone: (305) 296-1504

By Fax: (305) 296-2242

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More About the Garden


Enjoy the beauty of nature in the Garden at lunch time. Tables and chairs are available. The Courtyard is a great place to bring your lunch and use our free WiFi.

The Key West Botanical Garden Society, Inc. is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation. The Garden is publicly owned and operated as a passive, natural resource-based public outdoor recreational site.

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 the importance of native plants and species through education 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 in 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 freshwater 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” US 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, two wetland habitats, and two 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.