We've been to other butterfly houses before, so we wanted to see how Niagara's butterfly sanctuary compared. We were cautioned not to try to touch the hundreds of butterflies flitting about the place, however, if they chose to alight that was all right. Several of us held our fingers out hoping we'd be chosen for a unique experience, but unfortunately the butterflies were feeling very particular this day.
Several people did find butterflies gracing them with their presence, but most of us did not. Still, we watched the fanciful pirouettes of the butterflies as they flitted from bloom to bloom or to the feeding dishes placed throughout the area. There were pictures strategically hung along the pathways categorizing the different insects, so we were challenged to see how many we could find and identify.
The trees and plantings were arranged nicely giving the little insects a pleasant place to call home. A walkway wove through the greenery making our visit interesting. Our elementary aged grandson liked this alot and so did we!
Hours are daily except Christmas Day from 9 am-5 pm; Adults $10; Children 6-12 $6 and children under 5 free.
A visit to The Butterfly Sanctuary is a very interesting and entertaining way to spend your time while you travel north along Niagara Parkway. You will probably find youself spending more time than you thought you would as you enjoy the many species of vibrantly colored butterflies about you in a beautiful setting of tropical plants and waterfalls. Be sure to wear bright colors (especially red) to attract the butterflies to you!
An educational exhibit follwed by entry into a greenhouse-like room full of beautiful, free-flying butterflies! We probably spent an hour wandering around in there. Great opportunity for photos.
The Butterfly Conservatory is on the grounds of the Botanical Gardens, which begs for a walk through as well. In the back we found a little bird aviary with beautiful peacocks!
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.
$11.50 Adults (13+ years), $6.80 Children (6 to 12 years) +tax
Children 5 and under are free.
A coupon for half price admission to the Butterfly Conservatory is included with the purchase of the Niagara Falls & Great Gorge Adventure Pass
Dates of Operation: Open year-round except December 25.
As you wander around the 1,022sq metre consevatory filled with tropical plants there will be up to 2,000 butterflies fltting around, some of them are really big, the size of birds, and most are brightly coloured. Theres a viewing window where you can watch new butterflies emerging from their chrysalids and slowly unfolding their wings to dry
A wheelchair accessable path winds around the conversatory past waterfalls and the huge tropical plants, and there are plenty of places to sit and watch the butterflies as they hunt for nectar, and in the entrance hall [next to the ubiquitous gift shop] there are exhibits telling you all you need to know about butterfiles
the conservatory is in the 100 acre Botanic Gardens which we didnt see as it was raining, you can take a guided horse and carriage tour around the gardens, tickets for the tours are available from the counter in the the Butterfly Conservatory
the conservatory is open every day except Christmas Day, and opens at 9am, closing times vary during the year as the daylight hours go longer and shorter, check the website for opening times when you visit
entrance is $11.00 Adults, $6.50 for Children 6 to 12 years, and Children 5 and under are free
there is a People Mover stop at the Botaninc Gardens
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
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.
Located just a short ride away is the botanical gardens and butterfly conservatory. Well worth you time. Hop on the people mover shuttles if they are running. In just a few minutes you will be at wonderland.
If you've ever dreamed of wandering amongst butterflys this is the place. Thousands of the beautiful creatures surround you as you wander throught the conservatory.
They float past you as if you didn't exist. And you can almost hear the wisper of their wings, there are so many of them.
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.
The Butterfly Conservatory was the only activity we did that had nothing to do with the Falls, but it was worth it. The conservatory is literally filled with free-flying butterflies. You have to watch your where you walk so you don't step on any, and they seem to enjoy landing on your hat to hitch a ride. It is a beautiful setting, filled with flowers, ponds and waterfalls.
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!
Butterfly Conservatory located at Niagara Falls (Canadian side) is open all year round.
As soon as you walk into the conservatory, you're surrounded by butterflies! I got a little tip off the internet on how to get butterflies to land on your hand. Make sure you put a drop of essential oil (must be fruity!) on your finger tip to attract them. This really works!!
A FEW MILES NORTH OF NIAGARA FALLS you will see signs directing you to a Butterfly Pavillion. Although we did not partake of the pavillion itself, we did enjoy strolling the park-like grounds around it, and browsing the gift shop.
The Butterfly Conservatory is a remarkable place to visit. I would rank this place ahead of Bird Kingdom as the best indoor animal attraction in Niagara Falls.
The number of butterflies is incredible. Even at the excellent "Butterflies Go Free" annual exhibit at the Botanical Garden in my hometown of Montreal, I don't think I have seen so many butterflies at once. Obviously children have a field day over here, spotting the many different species of butterflies around them.
Admission is $12.95 for adults and $8.25 for children aged 6-12. The Niagara Parks Adventure Pass includes a discount and its winter equivalent, the Magic Pass, includes free admission.
The Butterfly Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, which is another attraction in itself. If you come here, also go check out to the Floral Clock a little further north up the road (a good photo op, but not worthy of a VT review since you won't spend any more than 5 minutes there).