Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden
Welcome to the Garden!
Scroll down for news and information you’ll want to enjoy the tropical forest and botanical garden.
Public Visiting Hours
Open daily: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
How much does it cost?
- All day pass
- All day pass
- With adult admission
- Free parking and picnic area. Buses welcome
- Smartphone tours with audio/text
- Bicycle rack. Cycle over and lock up
- Free wifi. Look for Botanical Guest
- Gift shop. Local, handmade gifts
- Water refill station. Gift shop also sells cold beverages
- Restrooms. Both are ADA compliant
- Bring the dog. And a leash, of course
By Key West bus
There is a public bus stop at the Garden. View the Key West bus schedule.
- From Highway US 1 South, turn right at the stoplight onto College Road. Turn right at the Garden entrance. Follow the signs to parking.
- From Old Town or the beaches, cross the Cow Key channel bridge from Key West and take first left onto College Road at the stoplight. Turn right at the Garden entrance. Follow the signs to parking.
What will we see and do?
While it’s fun to wander our paths and enjoy the tropical forest and garden, be sure to explore our special exhibits
Birding in the Garden
The Garden is visited by numerous species throughout the year. Both migrating and locally situated, birders have a great time searching for their missing species on their lifetime checklist. To see what different types of birds have been sighted in the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden recently, visit our Bird Sightings Page.
Champion Trees of the Garden
Plant and Tree Nursery
The Key West Botanical Garden Nursery provides plants native to the Florida Keys, Cuba and the Caribbean Basin for Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden plant replacement, new exhibits, sales and educational opportunities and provides plants for restoration sites.
We propagate and care for 150+ plant species that are native to the Florida Keys and 20+ plant species native to Cuba and the Caribbean Basin. 40% of the Florida Keys natives are considered threatened, endangered or commercially exploited.
The Nursery is involved with the Florida state Endangered Plant Advisory Council (EPAC) and has received multiple grants from the group. Education is an important part of the Nursery’s function. The Nursery provides workshops, discussions, and tours for school groups, Garden Clubs and individuals. It is a platform for events and Education Department programs. The Nursery has had interaction with City of Key West and Monroe County Extension services through shared projects and event involvement..
The third Saturday of each month we open the the nursery from 9 a.m.-Noon for the general public to purchase select inventory.
Cuban Chugs Exhibit
A report to the Endangered Plant Advisory Council of the State of Florida regarding a garden collection, propagation and outplanting project.
Learn about the history of this unique place and where some of the original buildings and were and the traces left from years past.
Learn about the different habitats of this unique place and the rare species of trees that inhabit them.
Learn how you can help by planting native species instead of exotic invasives.
View the map of the locations of all of our current and former champion trees. Note: Hurricane Irma in September 2017 damaged or destroyed many of our champion trees.