Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
For families that enjoy experiencing nature up close and personal, the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory is a great place to visit. Feel connected to the environment as you stroll through this relaxing, glass-enclosed oasis encountering upwards of 60 butterfly species from across the globe and more than 20 species of exotic birds. Then, visit the Learning Center for a 15-minute film that educates viewers on the life cycle and basic facts about butterflies.
Theater of the Sea
Since 1946, Theater of the Sea has been entertaining visitor to the Florida Keys on their 17 acre park. Guests can enjoy with dolphin and sea lion shows, snorkel cruises, animal training, swimming with dolphins, sea lions and rays. Take a bottomless boat ride or enjoy a swim at the lagoon beach. There is so much to see and do. Fun for whole family. Open 365 days a year.
Nancy’s Secret Garden
Nancy Forrester has been rescuing abused and abandoned parrots for 25 years and has created this special place to house these very unique birds. Children are welcome and encouraged to spend time with the birds… play music, feed them, paint, and take pictures. This wonderful experience, located at 518 Elizabeth Street, is open from 10 to 4 every day for you to bond with these endangered birds.
Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden
The Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden is home to many endangered and threatened flora and fauna. An active participant in conservation education, the garden seeks to advocate for the importance of native plants and species. With some of the richest plant and animal life found in Caribbean habitats, it is a secluded, special place where all guests have the opportunity to explore and appreciate biodiversity.
Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Petting Zoo
Open the the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, the Sheriff’s Animal Farm is a place where kids of all ages can meet horses, a cow, pigs, goats, bunnies, alligators, tropical birds, turtles, and snakes. The Sheriff’s Animal Farm is also home to abandoned exotic animals including tropical birds, a kinkajou, sloths, a lemur, an emu, and a family of cavy’s. Guests will be enchanted by exotic wildlife around them on Stock Island. The farm is free of charge.