Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, Key West

4.1
#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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  • September 7, 2017
    At first glance my parents did not want to go in. There is an old house with a TripAdvisor sign on a path leading to the backyard. The yard and path are over grown, needs to be trimmed but she can onl...  more »
  • September 5, 2017
    A rescue sanctuary for exotic birds operated by Nancy Forrester and is most informative regarding the types of birds and their history etc....Nancy operates for the most part on donations and does a s...  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    I'm rolling my eyes at the (comparatively few) visitors who were disappointed by this magical place. If you're looking for slick touristy nonsense, spare yourself. If you want a glimpse into the real ...  more »
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  • May 19, 2017
    Nancy is knowledgeable and experienced with her parrots. Please consider a donation when you visit, this is one of Key West's hidden gems.
  • November 21, 2016
    Ok, so is in Nancy's backyard so please don't think you are going to a high end zoo but her birds are amazing. She is a delight to talk to and will not hesitate to ask questions or let you interact with a few select birds.
  • June 30, 2016
    It's amazing what Nancy does for the birds. It's very nice talking to Nancy about all kinds of things and watching the birds. If you like tropical birds you should really visit this place.
  • March 20, 2016
    March-April 2009 We rented the small home/shop in the middle of the then secret garden, It was just like being tn the back woods of Belize, FANTASTIC!! MY wife wasn't very happy when the kitchen window fell in on her, but hell that's what the jungle is all about. Her work with the parrots and unique plants is to be praised. and appreciated. Thank you Nancy for the opportunity.
  • September 30, 2016
    This is a great place to hangout, cool off and meet the birds. Nancy is wonderful!

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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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