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.
Audubon House & Tropical Gardens Reviews
This house has very interesting history involving bird identification and classifying. Not too interesting? Wrong. Take the self guided tour, observe the recreations, and then hold your breath because... more »
Wonderful guide told us the story of the house and Audubon’s connection to the land. Also loved the garden. We would up with a beautiful authentic print. more »
The price was reasonable. Do not go for the gardens as they were underwhelming. However we did very much enjoy the history and art within the main home which contained some wonderful drawings and sketches of local birds and flora. If you are into the homes history or into birding then I would imagine it would be a 5 star experience.
This house has long been a popular attraction in Key West, and after numerous visits to this popular destination city, finally paid the admission to go inside. It’s a lovely period building and lush garden property filled with many original etchings, including some for sale. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s his home, that he stayed in the house while documenting the local birds, or that any of the furnishings are his. No, in fact he had no actual connection to this home. He merely admired a tree that was on the neighboring property and asked the owner if he could have a branch. That tree branch was featured in a bird etching, and that’s how the Geiger - Smith House became associated with Audubon. A local preservationist made sure the home was spared by tying Audubon to the property, and thank goodness she did. Admission and donations keep it beautiful for all to admire and peek into a different Key West history. Go there to learn about the famous illustrator, see his amazing etchings and see an historic Key West home with period furniture.
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