Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Key West

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, Key West

The Audubon House & Tropical Gardens is a nicely restored historic property where you can get a glimpse into the mid-19th-century life in Key West. It was built in the 1840s by Captain John Huling Geiger, Key West's first harbor pilot, who was one of the city's most prosperous citizens at the time. The residence was named after John James Audubon, the famous naturalist and ornithologist, who visited Key West in the 1830s and created some truly remarkable bird illustrations here.

It was due to this historical connection that the house, slated for demolition in 1958, was eventually saved from the wrecking ball. Instead, it was beautifully restored to its original 19th-century splendor, being the city's first restoration project, and today features a collection of original furnishings and those purchased at auctions in Europe, as well as artwork by Audubon displayed in the adjacent gallery.

Another major highlight is the tropical gardens surrounding the house. The gardens are filled with a variety of exotic plants, including orchids, bromeliads, hybrid crotons, tropical gingers, and palms, as well as several species of birds that are native to the area. Visitors can stroll along the garden paths and take in the lush beauty of this tropical oasis. A meditation pond and scattered seating areas among the plants make it a nice shady place to relax.

Why You Should Visit:
An attraction for those interested in nature, art, botany, architecture, and photography.
The grounds are very beautiful and although a corner property, it still manages to be private and very personal.

Don't miss the unique gift shop in the garden, stocked with items that are well above much of what you can see elsewhere.
The museum offers guided tours, as well as hosts special events, weddings, and private parties.
Make sure to also watch the video on the 3rd floor for further information.

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Sight Name: Audubon House & Tropical Gardens
Sight Location: Key West, USA (See walking tours in Key West)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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