The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden is the only frost-free botanical garden in the continental United States, a tropical environment with ample rain that allows most trees to retain their leaves in the dry season (December through late May). It is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. Unlike traditional botanical gardens, this garden advocates the education and protection of native plants and species in a natural conservation habitat. Tropical forests of the world hold at least half of all the variety of life on Earth. Moreover, the species found within the Caribbean are among the richest in plant and animal life on the planet. This garden is a special place where you can appreciate biodiversity and learn more about its importance. For instance, the forest has two of the last remaining fresh water ponds in the Keys and is a major migratory stopping point for neo-tropical birds from places as far as South America, as well as being home to many rare birds of the Florida Keys. Enjoy this one of a kind U.S. tropical forest and garden filled with butterflies, birds, plants, and seasonal beautiful flowers. Your visit begins with a smiling greeter at our education center and an introductory video. Pick up a Garden Guide that describes the 11 self-guided tours which includes 2 wetland habitats and 2 butterfly gardens. The lush courtyard has a waterfall with tropical plants and below turtles swim to greet our guests. Meander through the 1 1/2 acre butterfly habitat in the historical garden and the new Blue Butterfly Habitat with over 38 species identified! Stroll through a lush canopy of tropical palms and trees. Discover a hidden pond and maybe get lucky enough to see a rare resident white crowned pigeon or bald eagle! Enjoy the garden and learn via self-guided tours, tour guide, cell phone tours and the garden is a Wi-Fi hot-spot. Rediscover your sense of exploration and adventure. A gift shop, restrooms, refreshments, and a picnic pavilion are available. This garden is a great family venue for the beginning naturalist to the academic. Summer program options for children and Private Tours available upon request.