Further north of the Falls is the Butterfly Conservatory. Normally I wouldn't go to a place like this. Why? Because although butterflies are pretty, they still started off as catterpillars (almost wormlike, yuck). But this trip has actually opened my eyes to the beauty of butterflies! The butterflies were EVERYWHERE! Flitting about in between people, landing on hats and shoulders. It was quite an enjoyable time! There are over 2000 species of butterflies here. Be forewarned though that this place is very crowded. There are a lot of people visiting so you might want to try to research which times are slowest for the best viewing.
In Niagara Falls, the butterfly conservatory is one of the best things to do, besides seeing the falls. Many butterfly species can be found here, and visitors get to walk through the conservatory without any cages or glass walls separating them from the butterflies. You simply walk along a path and the butterflies flutter about freely, possibly landing on you! If there is a particular butterfly you want to see, this may make it slightly difficult to find it, but I love being able to walk among them, rather than seeing them in a small, enclosed area, like in a zoo.
You walk through this enclosed dome with thousands of butterflies all around you. some will land on you. There many different species, and you can watch them come out of there cocoons. This takes place in a tropical setting. Plant lovers will love this one too. Dont forget to check out the gift shop and the botanical gardens.
The Butterfly Conservatory was as far north as we ventured (from the falls) before retreating back toward the attractions in town. The botanical gardens outside - beautiful. We were there on a Saturday, not surprised to see a wedding taking place.
In the rainforest setting conservatory (600 feet of networked paths in a climate controlled room) they warn you to not touch the butterflies, but occasionally one will decide to be touched and land on you.
They feed on the blooming plants and the sliced fruit left in appropriate places, sharing their space with a few turtles.
This was a pretty cool thing to do. You go into a greenhouse and you get to walk through all the beautiful ladnscape. All the while you have hundreds of butterflies flying all aound you and most of them time you'll get one to land on you.
Housed right next to the Botanical Gardens, this fairly new attraction allows you to view numerous species of butterflies in a lovely setting of tropical plants and waterfalls. I was amazed at how many butterflies were flying around and at times they looked almost like confetti from a distance.Before entering the Sanctuary, you are shown a seven minute film as an introduction.
Be sure to buy your tickets as soon as you arrive. Only a limited amount of people are allowed in at a time. You may have to wait an hour or two,but this is no problem because you can enjoy the Botanical Gardens during this time.
You are not allowed to touch the butterflies, but they may end up landing on you!.Especially if you are wearing a hat.
Photos are allowed.
Admission is $8.50
I didn't get to see it but there'e a big butterfly conservatory - it's supposed to be really awesome. I didn't know about it until on the way home. I wish I would've known before I went - but now you do!
I didn't know if I would like wandering among so many butterflies, but I did. It is very hot in there, though, so not for those who have trouble with heat.
This is only one idea of something to do from an endless list of things. Great fun for the kid in all of us.
Taste a little heaven when you visit this butterfly sanctuary, hundreds of butterfly around you with lush tropical green as background..... ehm heaven !!
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