Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls

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Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
Enter the world of colorful insects at Butterfly Conservatory, located just minutes from the world-famous waterfalls. Sheltering over 2,000 butterflies that fly freely through the lush vegetation, this modern insect zoo features a climate-controlled greenhouse, 200-seat theater, and a large gift shop. Most of the conservatory's butterflies come from farms in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Australia, and the Philippines. Special nets stretched along the conservatory's glass dome keep the fragile creatures from entangling and dying of hypothermia. Boost your chances that butterflies land on you by wearing brightly colored clothing, moving slowly, and dabbing some perfume just before entering. Put Butterfly Conservatory into our Niagara Falls online trip maker to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Niagara Falls.
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  • The variety and beauty of the different butterflies is amazing. A camera is a must because no one will believe the fascination without pictures. Not a good place if you are afraid of the butterflies....  more »
  • My favorite place ever! Wall around and watch thousands of butterflies fly around! Sometimes they land on you! Amazing experience!  more »
  • Perfect experience! Walked around and thousands of butterflies flew around you. Some landed on you also. Such a beautiful sight to see! Highly recommend! ❤  more »
  • We love the Butterfly Conservatory and look forward to going when we visit Niagara Falls. We've had wonderful experiences with holding and feeding birds and we got to touch a large iguana that was free-roaming while we were there. The nocturnal exhibit is one of my favourites as I love bats and skunks but the whole experience is amazing. We always take our time to look for the different species of birds and just observe them. I would highly recommend you visit at least once.
  • The place is actually inside the botanical garden area so if you are here then you'll be able to check out on everything. I think for the conservatory, admission is around 20cad per person. You'll get to watch this brief documentary at the beginning and it was pretty neat about how they do everything in the conservatory. Then after watching the documentary, we'll finally enter the conservatory. It's not really big. It's an okay size. I think you'll have some fun here and I appreciate that staff hard work in maintaining their job working inside the dome, maintaining its humidity. But the only reason why I put a four stars here is because there's no detail information which butterfly is which. They should have put info either on the wall with colors of butterfly is this or that species, or may be use some QR code scan around the area to inform us. Other than that, it was great experience.
  • What a beautiful place, filled with these fluttery insects. I remember some of them standing on people's hands and arms too, if you are close enough. The conservatory was very insightful and informative about the various butterflies, it's history and biology that created an immersive experience for me, when I was young. I highly recommend visiting this place, even just once, to be in awe at the nature this Butterfly Conservatory presents.
  • Very beautiful! One of those places we would have never stopped at on my own because its not really "our thing", we went because it was included in a bundle package and we were certainly glad we did! Absolutely gorgeous and will definitely be back again! It's a little off the beaten path of the typical tourist area but worth it and there are some nice views along the way, also parking was very reasonable.
  • Wonderful place to stop as part of the Wonder Pass. Lots of people, but it didn't feel crowded. Beautiful butterflies, easy to see, and get great pictures. Lots of places to sit/perch and just watch. Really cool incubation chamber for cocoons.

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