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Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Key West

(4.4/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Need a break from Duval street? Here is a quiet historical site that has beautiful gardens with many local trees for shade. The house tour will provide you a picture of late 1800's life on KW island. ...  more »
  • The tour gives you a visual history lesson on what brought all the nice wooden homes to the island. They also have a collection of Audubon's work (hence the name of the business), a sweet shady porch ...  more »
  • The connection to Audubon is a huge stretch. He stayed on the land maybe...but never in the house. The gardens are not that great. The key West garden club garden tour is better and it is free.  more »
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  • 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!
  • A truly inspiring experience. The tour guide was exceptional and very articulate, knowledgable, and passionate about telling the story of Audubon's experience in Key West. The gallery and gift shop had many tasteful and high quality art items.
  • The Audubon House was a wedding venue more beautiful than my wildest dreams! When my fiance and I moved to Key West, we decided to get married there but weren't into the beach wedding thing. The lush, tropical setting at the Audubon house was perfect. Laura was incredibly helpful every step of the way. On the day of our wedding, our 70 guests were blown away by how gorgeous the whole setting was. It was pretty hot even for October 10th, so everyone loved cooling off inside the house and greatly enjoyed the provided tour, which I highly recommend whether or not you're getting hitched! We're so happy we chose the Audubon House and so grateful to Laura, Joanna and everyone for their part in our perfect wedding!!!
  • As a wedding photographer - Senses at Play - and Family Affair Key West all inclusive wedding services - we find the Audubon House is stunning and perfect for intimate and unique celebrations, perfectly located on the island - steps away from sunset - and the gardens are perfect in every way. I usually work with Amy from Catered Affairs who does an absolutely fabulous cocktail/stations events that make for a party all night long. The photography opportunities are unique and intimate and the house it self is a perfect backdrop for an wedding celebration.
  • Well worth the price. Beautiful gardens and original artwork