Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, Key West

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#4 of 7 in Zoos & Aquariums in Florida Keys
Environmental activist Nancy Forrester shares her sanctuary for unwanted macaws with the public to advocate for wild & captive parrots & encourage people to live ethical lifestyles for a sustainable planet. 10 to 11 Guided storytelling and handling, 11 to 3 Self-guided
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  • If you love birds or people doing the right thing to help nature, its worth a trip to this small sanctuary in Key West. It is run by Nancy Forrester who for over 30 years has provided a sanctuary for ...  more »
  • We wanted somewhere to escape the rain, but I’d suggest this even if you wanted to escape the sun, the garden is no more but the birds are in the house and you get a nice chat and opportunity to learn...  more »
  • We happened upon Nancy and her parrots when looking for something to do involving nature or animals. We almost walked by her place, as it is a residence, not your typical store front. She welcomes you...  more »
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  • I wanted to explore some of the lesser known attractions of Key West. If you're even a little interested in parrots or birds, this is well worth checking out. Found out lots of interesting things about parrots, and got to see some really beautiful birds. Check it out, oh, and donate, because birds aren't exactly great for contributing towards their own expenses.
  • My first and favorite stop in Key West so far—Nancy is actually an engaging and inspiring ecological artist, and there's more to her work beyond only parrot rescue, rehab and education (not to lessen its importance or depth). But if you get beyond the parrots, ask about her local work with rainforest plants and trees in Key West from a few years ago, and engage with her on conservation and activism. A true gem of a local story awaits your ears. Thanks for everything you do Nancy!
  • Her garden had to downsize to a small area where Nancy brings some of her birds outside behind the house. Nancy is a warm and caring person and will take time from her busy schedule to give a tour, introduce people to some of the birds, and answer questions. She showed us several birds the day we stopped by and she told us of the history of the property and some of the birds' stories. "Baby" was stunning and the cockatoo that danced and played keyboard on her phone was awesome! Thanks, Nancy, and I hope you have a great birthday!
  • Nancy is such a kind, compassionate and dedicated woman. We absolutely fell in love with Molly the cockatoo. 😍 This was such an unexpected little treasure. It was actually our favorite part of Key West.
  • Nancy teaches all about conservation and the truth about responsible bird ownership. She is an angel to these parrots that needed rescuing. My kids loved this and so did I.

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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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