Audubon House and Tropical Gardens of Key West

2+ Hours
Group Activity
Mild
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $14 Per Adult / $5 Per Child

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens of Key West

2+ Hours
Group Activity
Mild
Cruise Friendly

From (USD) $14 Per Adult / $5 Per Child

Choose your date

change
change

Choose an available time

Adult (Ages 18+)

Child (Ages 6-17)

    For Groups of 20 or more, please contact our GoTo Crew.

      $0.00

      JavaScript is required to complete booking

      Audubon House and Tropical Gardens of Key West

      Key West, Florida, USA
      From (USD) $14 Per Adult / $5 Per Child
      Highlights
      • Audubon House: This elegant American Classic Revival-style home furnished with antiques is a glimpse into the lives of the 19th-century moneyed elite.
      • Tropical gardens: Wander the paths through lush tropical foliage, including exotic plants, bromeliads, orchids and plantings that inspired John James Audubon.
      • Gallery of Fine Arts: A rare collection of 28 first-edition Audubon paintings by America's renowned ornithologist and naturalist, plus prints and reproductions.
      About this Key West, Florida tour

      You'll wonder how one mansion can weave together so many stories. Shipwrecks and hard-won prosperity. A genius on a quest to capture all of America's birds with his paintbrush. And a vision that, just in time, saved this Key West landmark from neglect and ruin. It was almost torn down to make way for a corner gas station.

      In the 1840s, one of the richest men in the Florida Keys, Captain John Geiger, built his house on this prominent spot as a home for his large family and to flaunt his wealth. He made his fortune in shipwrecking, the dangerous and lucrative business that made Key West wealthy. When a ship wrecked in the perilous waters off the island, "wreckers" rushed to the sea to save the crew and salvage its cargo. Cargo was auctioned off for big profits, and successful wreck masters like Captain Geiger grew rich. Very rich.

      An impoverished artist named Audubon also took to the water, sailing down the Mississippi with his art supplies. Eventually he arrived in Florida in the early 1830s and painted 22 birds of the Florida Keys. The tropical spot where Geiger's house now stands inspired his drawings. Still flourishing in the mansion's front garden, you'll see a rough-leaved Cordia tree, just like the one in Audubon's drawing of the white-crowned pigeon.

      Audubon's art soon gained fame and eventually commanded fortunes. But the Geiger house wasn't so lucky. After four generations, the last descendent lived as a recluse in the crumbling mansion without water or electricity. Slated for demolition 1958, it was saved when the Wolfson family stepped up to purchase and restore it. Thanks to their vision, this gorgeous mansion and gardens endure. They're so much prettier than a gas station.

       His birds soared high

      Audubon's paintings are among the most desirable art ever created. His monumental work, Birds of America, contains 435 hand-colored prints of almost 500 species. On his hardscrabble journey through the American wilderness to create this book, Audubon could never have imaged its eventual worth. In 2010, a copy sold at Sotheby's for more than $10 million, the most expensive printed book ever sold at auction. A nice nest egg.

      Getting prepared
      Tour Participation Requirements
      Bring water Bring water
      Great photo opportunities Great photo opportunities
      Bring money Bring money
      Wear comfortable shoes Wear comfortable shoes
      Wear Sunglasses Wear Sunglasses
      Cancellation policy

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

      100 countries, 915 cities… limitless possibilities

      OurPromise
      Local

      All our tours are offered by expert local guides & operators

      Authentic

      Head off the beaten path with our unique tours & activities

      Experienced

      You can rely on our team of travel industry experts

      General disclaimer

      Your order is subject to TourTrek's Booking Ticket Agreement, including all TourTrek and GoBe policies incorporated therein.

      Have you been on this experience?

      Write a Review

      Fields marked are required.

      Please enter your review.

      or 

      Looking for other experiences in Key West?