Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge

4.5
#1 of 18 in Parks in Region of Waterloo
At Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, thousands of free-flying butterflies float overhead. Within the 1,000 sq meter (10,800 sq ft) indoor tropical garden, you can witness butterflies emerging from their chrysalides and fluttering about; some may even decide to land on you. You'll find species from all over the world as well as more than 100 different varieties of plants. Tropical finches, Chinese painted quails, and red-eared slide turtles live here amidst waterfalls, streams, and reflecting pools within the garden. The site offers an on-site cafe as well, with all food locally sourced and produced. With our world travel planner, Cambridge attractions like Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Lots of cocoons and chrysalis to see. The cafe is surprisingly good, must try. Entrance fee feels a bit pricey.  more »
  • Took our grandchildren to see this on a rainy day. Perfect combination of a tropical atmosphere, magical butterflies and the opportunity to learn about them. And just 30 minutes from home. Perfect.  more »
  • Awe inspiring, spellbinding, magical beauty. I was a child in a fantasy land once again. The jungle atmosphere was refreshing and energizing. The wafting of butterfly wings lifted my spirits and tickl...  more »
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  • Awesome place to take the family. My 6-year-old had a hard time sleeping the night before we went; she was so excited to go! In summer, the restaurant is worth the visit, alone! They serve local food and their own produce. The best burger I ever had was there. Even off-season, the pizza was delicious - obviously home-made. The gift shop is great, too!
  • As the bus driver for this trip I was unable to your the facilities. I did find it easy to find and easily accessible for all. There is a cafe for light snacks. My passengers enjoyed it very much.
  • If you can immerse yourself in nature, if you can slow down and take it all in. Watch, sit, observe you will enjoy this place. However, if you are a person who is overheated easily keep in mind the conservatory is very warm and humid. To take better pictures, best to go on an overcast day, which is also better for it feeling less hot. It's like a artificial rainforest, just keep that in mind. They have an area where you can see emerging butterflies and moths. If you ask nicely, the interpreters can bring out real demonstration bugs such as millipedes, stick bugs, nymphs etc. Some you may be allowed to hold. I find it's better when there are less people here, between 3 and 5pm for closer to closing time. To get the best view of butterflies that may seem to never land, the chrysalis area where the emerging butterflies and moths are is best. Sometimes with thier wings fully open. Great for pictures. I love this place so much, however if you are not into bugs, don't find nature interesting then this won't be for you. Otherwise it's a great place to get warm in the colder months. There are coupons from attractions Ontario that are out out every year to save some money and occasionally Groupon will also have a deal for admission. Only thing that sucks is there is no public transit to take you here.
  • A great place to bring my kids. My son loved it, however my daughter did not like the butterfly landing on her. A great place if you want to spend a few hours entertaining your kids.
  • Fantastic place to revel in butterflies! There really is no way to go here and not see tons of butterflies and moths of every type!! It's a bit out of the way but had many amenities including a lovely cafĂ©. Great educational experience as well. They even have an events room for booking your parties. All around a wonderful day!

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