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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, Cambridge

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#1 of 27 in Parks in Region of Waterloo
Must see · Specialty Museum · Wildlife Area
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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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  • This was the second time we have been to the butterfly conservatory. The first time was in 2005 when my children were little. It was still as enjoyable in 2022 as it was in 2005. 
    This was the second time we have been to the butterfly conservatory. The first time was in 2005 when my children were little. It was still as enjoyable in 2022 as it was in 2005.  more »
  • Really enjoyed our visit. It wasn’t too crowded, which helped. There are two rooms full of live insects, amphibians, scorpions, etc, in cases……these are very well done, with lots of good info. Also....  more
    Really enjoyed our visit. It wasn’t too crowded, which helped. There are two rooms full of live insects, amphibians, scorpions, etc, in cases……these are very well done, with lots of good info. Also....  more »
  • What a wonderful experience! Many beautiful butterflies flying around in and open concept. A tropical garden with a pond and waterfall. Butterflies all over flying near you and sometimes they will... 
    What a wonderful experience! Many beautiful butterflies flying around in and open concept. A tropical garden with a pond and waterfall. Butterflies all over flying near you and sometimes they will...  more »
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  • Butterfly conservation park in Cambridge is an escape to tropical environment. They have a variety of botanical specimens which grow in Asia and South America. They have a huge collection of butterflies which are incubated and maintained in a perfect setting. There is a man-made waterfall with fishes and turtles. The staff walks around with caterpillars and rare species explaining it to visitors. The kids had a blast with butterflies landing on them and playing with them. There is an exhibition outside the controlled environment. It showcases spiders, scorpions, poisonous frogs, beetles and worms. The cafeteria at the side has a patio and has basic sandwiches, hot and cold beverages. They have enough parking space. Tickets are 20$ for 13-65 yrs, free for
  • Lovely place to spend a relaxed couple of hours. It has some great “walls” for photographs . Just to walk around and be surrounded by flashes of brilliant jewel colours is like a painting come alive. The rooms with the glass cases have all sorts of creepy crawlies and very much alive! Endless variety of mounted butterflies and a wealth of information. It was our first time here and we had a wonderful time and a very enjoyable afternoon. There was a wedding event taking place that day so the Cafe was booked, and we didn’t get to try anything there. There is also the customary gift shop . Definitely worth it.
  • Came here with my wife and 5 year old. We absolutely loved it. The insect area is very underrated with great information from the nice lady in there, Avery. The butterfly area itself was beautiful. Also, keep in mind it's very warm for the butterflies so when the lady says the coat room is down the hall, it's a good idea to listen and do that. There's also a cafe inside which is surprisingly very affordable, however, if you don't eat animals, not many choices. I'd allow about an hour to see everything in here. We budgeted a bit more time but that wasn't necessary. Unless you plan on eating there. It was very cool though, a definite stop on the way to Toronto or anywhere in that area. 5/5.
  • More than just butterflies - beautiful small birds & awesome insects! We have annual passes & it is well worth the cost. Food is delicious, staff are super friendly, atmosphere is great. It is a small place - 2 small rooms with live & dead bugs, 1 butterfly area, gift shop & food…good place to spend a couple of hours before nap time with a toddler. It’s great that they do timed ticketing to ensure that the place doesn’t get too crowded. It was more fun to visit when capacity was lower - pick a time to visit when there are lots of tickets available…that way you’ll have a more personalized experience & less people competing for butterflies to land on them.
  • Great place to bring the family. Wear something bright to attract the butterflies on you! Kids will love this place!! Cool displays of bugs and a small gift shop. Not sure if the cafe is open yet, but the family had lots of fun! Roughly takes about an hour to go through the whole place.

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