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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  • My wife and I had been curious about these gardens for quite a while, so we finally broke down and paid the admission fee to spend as much time as we wanted in the gardens. TIP: before you pay the ent...  more »
  • We got up early and to here before the cruise ship people made it to this end of town. I've toured here many times. Its the best place to see in Key West. The tour guides are excellent, friendly, love...  more »
  • I did know much about Audubon but what I thought I knew was set askew by my education on this visit. The tour guide was knowledgeable and interesting. But, if you don't have an interest in Audubon or ...  more »
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  • Love this place! It’s beautiful and full of history. I love art so the Audubon prints everywhere made me happy. Definitely better than the Hemingway House.
  • When we walked into the Audubon House and Tropical gardens serene setting, we knew it was where we wanted to get married! The gorgeous gardens and the initial tour by Joann sold it for us. It had the exact feel we were hoping for. The gardens are well covered by foliage so there was plenty of shade for a hot July day. The location is perfection, close to our guest’s accommodations (Hyatt Centric) and close to all the bars for the after party on our wedding night! The space was perfect, the ceremony took place on the porch and the band was set up behind that. We turned the porch into the dancing stage and everyone loved it! We had about 125 people in attendance and it felt full but not crowded for the ceremony, the cocktail hour, the dinner, and then the dancing! I was concerned about there only being 2 bathrooms for that many people, but there were not issues – it was smooth sailing and no one had to wait long. Overall the venue exceeded my expectations, the sheer beauty was an amazing back drop for us to celebrate our wedding day and a place that we will continue to visit now that it holds so many memories. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
  • Nicely kept example of old Keys architecture, chock-full of artifacts and pictures from the house's past. Spoiler: Audubon was never at the house itself, as he came through before it was built, but it's known that he camped on the property because of a distinctive tree that he described and drew in his journal.
  • Nice restoration, not sure the short self guided tour is worth the $14 entry fee
  • Delightful and informative. We enjoyed it immensely and almost closed the place we stayed so long.
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