Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge

4.5
#1 of 18 in Parks in Region of Waterloo
Nature / Park Wildlife Area
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. For Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and beyond, use our Cambridge vacation planner to get the most from your Cambridge vacation.
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  • The Conservatory had about 2000 butterflies. It was a little smaller than the one in The Falls but a great place to visit in Cambridge.  more »
  • Found this place by accident. My kids spent the better part of the morning walking around the conservatory in circles looking for different insects. The staff put on demonstrations, and explain specif...  more »
  • Interesting, beautiful butterflies throughout. It was quite relaxing and although it is small, it is a fun way to spend a couple of hours with family. My teenage daughter found it very interesting as ...  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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