Parks & Nature in Key West

From state and national parks to dense mangroves and tropical gardens, the abundant wildlife and nature of Key West are as varied and beautiful as Florida itself.

Set off on an adventure with a ferry or seaplane ride to remote Dry Tortugas National Park where you’ll find the renowned Fort Jefferson overlooking crystal-clear blue waters. Marine life and coral reefs, as well as unique bird life make this a must-see. Don’t forget to bring your swim gear as 99% of the park is made up of water.

Stroll through a tropical paradise and delight in the spectacle of colorful butterflies that await at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. Accentuated by cascading waterfalls and flowering plants, you’ll find over 50 species of beautiful butterflies from around the world, including a diverse array of shapes, colors, patterns and behavior.

Take a step back in time to the 19th century at the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens, and learn about the history of maritime and wrecker life in early Key West. Tour the expansive home, then ramble through the tropical gardens that are home to exotic plants like orchids, bromeliads, and rare tropical palms. Relax near the koi pond and reflect on the region’s rich and diverse history.

Explore the Berg Nature Preserve, home to a rare, undeveloped beach and mangrove forest. This true piece of wilderness is rugged and untamed, yet perfect for a solitary walk of peace and reflection.

Pack a picnic and see native trees and bird life at Indigenous Park, where the Wildlife Rescue Center takes great pride in caring for injured wildlife.

Botanical gardens, eco and science museums, and tropical forests feature prominently in this small slice of paradise, where wild nature and civilization pleasantly intersect.

When you stay with us at one of our three Hyatt Residence Club Key West properties — Windward Pointe, Beach House and Sunset Harbor — Florida nature and its wonderful bounty are at your fingertips.