Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Key West

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Step back in time at Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, the former home of maritime pilot and master wrecker Capt. John H. Geiger. The grand property, built by the captain in the 1840s, has been restored to its former glory. A guided tour of the house, which is filled with antiques, provides a glimpse into the comfortable lives that wealthy Key West families enjoyed during the mid 19th century. Once the tour is over, you are free to explore the house and 0.4 hectare (1 acre) tropical gardens independently. The gardens are said to have been visited by the naturalist J.J. Audubon in 1832, who then used images from the gardens in his drawings. Be sure to read the information panels throughout the property to discover more about the Geiger family and Key West society in the 1800s. Put Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and other Key West attractions into our Key West tour itinerary maker site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • I wasn't keen on coming here but my brother wanted to so I agreed and was pleasantly surprised. Touring the house was pretty neat. It was staged with authentic and frequently original pieces so it loo...  more »
  • The House contains a fine collection of Audubons drawings that are unsurpassed. The House has not belonged to the Audubon House or even, but it doesn't matter. It's a time warp with-besides birds drawings-very nice antiviteter. Very friendly guide. Not overrun and a really nice and classy experience.
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  • Learn about the original owners of the home. Interesting period artifacts. Beautiful Audubon artworks displayed and available for purchase in the gift shop. The gardens were well kept. We visited afte...  more »
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  • The staff here is incredible and friendly. With only two busses a day they are always on time. The airport has a good restaurant and bar of your waiting too.
  • House nice if you into history of the family that lived in the house and the restoration that was done. I went as it said tropical garden it's more like someone's backyard garden nothing impressive at all. They should change the name to leave that part out. Normally I don't leave a negative comment but sorry it was misleading. However, the staff is very nice and all. I think even the owner knew I wasn't happy she's like oh back already. I said yep thank you and left.
  • Gorgeous surroundings; gorgeous home; tremendous information.
  • A beautiful part of American history here in Key West. Tranquil and inspiring.
  • One of the highlights of my trip to Key West. We loved exploring the gardens before and after the house tour! Our docent for the day was extremely knowledgeable about the history of the area and was very engaging. It was amazing to be able to see some first edition Audubons as well!

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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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