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Butterfly Conservatory

Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is something you do not want to miss during your visit to Niagara Falls, as it is North America's largest attraction of its kind.  There are over 2000 butterflies that fly freely throughout the rainforest-esque environment, and some of their colours and patterns are truly breathtaking.

The cost of admission for the Butterfly Conservatory is $11.75 for adults, $7.65 for children, and kids under the age of five are free.  This attraction is open all year round, except on December 25th. Lines in the summer months can get quite busy, so going right when it opens at 9am might be a good idea. Tickets are sold up to half an hour before it closes, and closing times vary throughout the year.

Before entering into the actual conservatory, you are ushered into a tiny room where you watch a movie about the butterflies, and what not to do while you are in there (i.e.-touch them). Under no circumstances are you to touch the butterflies, although if they land on you (which is very likely), then that is fine. If you are keen on having them land on you, wear bright clothing, as it is said that the butterflies are attracted to bright colours. And the opposite is true if you do not want them to land on you. This theory proved truthful, as when I went, I wore completely dark clothing, and not one butterfly landed on me. This could be a helpful hint if you are interested in seeing the butterflies, but don’t necessarily want them touching you.

This Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory You Tube video shows the different kind of butterfly's at play in their surroundings.

After the movie is over (it lasts approx. 10 minutes) you are allowed to wander through the butterfly rainforest at your own pace. The environment is meant to simulate tropical weather, so dress appropriately in layers. The physical environment itself is done quite nicely with waterfalls, ponds, trees and bridges. There is also the odd iguana in the room, so watch out for those. To allow visitors to get an up close look at the butterflies, there are feeding stations placed throughout the conservatory (sugar water and fruit), where butterflies land almost constantly. These feeding stations are excellent spots to get a good photo.

One particular type of butterfly to keep your eyes peeled for are the brown butterflies with an “eye” on their wings. When these butterflies open their wings, they are the most beautiful shade of blue. Another interesting thing to watch out for, which can be fairly easy to miss, as it blends in with the surrounding environment, is the Emergence Window, where you are able to view the butterflies slowly emerging from their cocoons. If you’re lucky, you may even witness a butterfly taking its first flight!

The Butterfly Conservatory is on the grounds of the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, and there are acres of gardens to wander that are really lovely during the spring and summer. There is also a restaurant and gift shop on the property.

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If you purchase a Niagara Falls and Great Gorge Adventure Pass or a Winter Magic Pass, the Butterfly Conservatory is one of the four attractions that are included. These passes are available through Niagara Parks Commission. These passes can be a good idea to get if you are planning to visit several of the attractions anyway. Unless you are buying the pass, tickets are not available online. Hours of operation and location can be found here.

This attraction is well worth the money that is charged, and it can be an interesting activity for the whole family to take part in. - Megan Pasche

Map of Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory

Map of the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory attraction.

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