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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  • 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.
  • Went here for a wedding. The venue was beautiful. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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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