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Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden

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Address: 518 Elizabeth St, 2 Blocks Off Duval Between Southard & Flemming St, Key West, FL 33040-6821
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+1 305-294-0015
10:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 03:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

OPEN RAIN OR SHINE Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing...

OPEN RAIN OR SHINE Come have fun with talking, laughing and dancing parrots. Artist and environmental activist Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and orphaned parrots for 28 years. Join her at 10 to 11 AM daily for Nancy's special presentation "Parrot 101" or "Storytelling" where guests can take pictures of un-caged birds, hold them and ask questions. We gladly welcome families with children and animal lovers to the Secret Garden to interact with our endangered South & Central American macaws and other parrots. Open 10 to 3 daily. Guided 10 to 11, Self-guided 11 to 3 PM. Educational material for each parrot is offered. Help inspire the birds by spending time with them. Bring a picnic lunch, play musical instruments, paint, write, sing, and dance. Parrots love music and videos played on smart devices! Well behaved dogs welcome. Please, leave your parrots at home! Thank you

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Nancy is very knowledgeable and adores all her parrots. She has rescued most (all?) of them and educates the public to the responsibility of owning these birds. They are well... read more

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Poole, United Kingdom
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Poole, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nancy is very knowledgeable and adores all her parrots. She has rescued most (all?) of them and educates the public to the responsibility of owning these birds. They are well cared for and I would advise to go for the morning talk which is very informative

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Bagsvaerd, Denmark
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nancy demonstrates her great passion and knowledge for parrots. We all gained a good understanding of these beautiful birds and their nature. We were allowed to hold some parrotts on our arms - a great experience.

Thank LaViPe
King George, VA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having had past friends who had parrots, macaws, etc, we thought we knew a fair amount about them all. We were wrong. Nancy (and her volunteer at the time that we visited) quickly educated us in the very relaxing garden setting. As others have said, this is not a Disney World experience, but everything is well taken care of, especially... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A small garden full of parrots! Each has a story and Nancy will tell you and answer any questions. Her husband also gave us a small talk on any parrot we asked about. We had no idea that parrots were so interesting. A magnificent Brazilian blue was so affectionate with Nancy cuddling her! We learnt so much in this hidden... More 

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Philpot, Kentucky
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

I had visited years ago and now it is purely a parrot attraction. Nancy is very dedicated to the parrots she cares for and she will spend much time talking with visitors about her parrots. We spent a couple hours there and it was quite interesting. Would recommend for people who are into this kind of thing.

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Reviewed 17 April 2017

What an amazing secret place hidden in Key West. Nancy is very intelligent and has a passion for taking care of large parrots. Very educational!!!

Thank Shawn P
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

I visit this place every time I come to the island- fantastic. Nancy is an amazing lady who knows so much about the birds in her care, it is a fantastic place to visit, I go early in the morning at 10am when it opens as Nancy has plenty of time to introduce you to the birds and if the... More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Small and intimate. Great chance to see and learn about the amazing birds. My kids would have stayed all day holding and talking to the macaws.

Thank Vicki P
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

We loved seeing, learning about, and interacting with the beautiful birds. Nancy is so knowledgeable. Come to her "secret garden" - you will love it.

Thank goldsm06
Grimsby, Canada
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

We ended up staying almost 2 hours; seated in a pretty tropical garden, our host brought to the circle a number of birds, one at a time, telling us their stories and offering interesting information. We were also able to have one comical bird take turns on our arms. There were quite a number to see up close, individually and... More 

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