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. Add Audubon House & Tropical Gardens to your Key West travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Key West trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Nearly two hundred years of history fill this tour. From Audubon and his bird journeys to Captain Geiger and the restoration in the '60s, you will learn about life in Key West. Side note: Thank goodne...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    My husband and I came across this property on our way to the southernmost point. It looked so charming and inviting that we paid a visit and we were so glad we did. It is a beautiful example of a 19th...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    you enter the property through the gift shop, where you can purchased tickets & various souvenirs/artwork. whether you are a lover of art, history, art history, birds or botanicals, this is a place to...  more »
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  • January 2, 2017
    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.
  • November 30, 2016
    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.
  • June 17, 2017
    Gorgeous surroundings; gorgeous home; tremendous information.
  • May 21, 2017
    A beautiful part of American history here in Key West. Tranquil and inspiring.
  • September 11, 2016
    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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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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