Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Key West

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Surround yourself with the colors and tranquility of the "flowers of the sky" at Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. The conservatory, which features several climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitats, offers a collection of more than 50 species of butterflies, as well as dozens of exotic birds and plants. Stroll through the tropical paradise of cascading waterfalls and flowering plants to admire hundreds of free-flying butterflies. Head to the learning center for more information on the life cycle and migration of these beautiful insects. Don't miss the permanent exhibit, Wings of Imagination, with its butterfly-inspired artwork. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory by using our Key West vacation builder.
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  • Awesome attraction with beautiful butterflies, birds and flowers. It was a great place with a 1 year old but no strollers are allowed in the conservatory.  more »
  • So I've been to this conservatory twice in the last ten years and loved it both times. I went on my honeymoon then I took my seven year old last year. I love this little gem in the middle of downtown ...  more »
  • We enjoyed this small butterfly conservatory. We especially enjoyed the flamingos and ducks... feels very novel being so close to them!  more »
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  • This is THE must see of the island. Even if you are in Key West just to drink and party, this peaceful place is a wonderful way to recharge before going back out to the bars. Imagine, if you will, Dorothy opening the door to her house and being amazed by the colors of Oz. it's like that when you open the door into the conservatory. Butterflies flit around and fill your view. It's almost too much to take in all at once. Fortunately you can move at your own pace through the place and take it all in. It's not just butterflies either. Birds, turtles, fish, and a friendly and knowledgeable staff inhabit the place.
  • If you're into butterflies and birds, this place is a sneak peak into Paradise! Hundreds of butterflies flying around you, exotic bird species, turtles, fishes, and a flamingo couple make the space absolutely charming! The staff are knowledgeable and take time to chat about the animals and science. The store front has some unique souvenirs and gifts. Worth the money and time!
  • I liked it! It's a small pavilion, filled with lots of butterflies, different kinds of birds and parrot who wasn't afraid of us and even talked to us. Be careful, watch your steps, there are small birds walking around. We spent less than an hour, but it was a nice experience! And we came at 9 am and there were only us - perfect!
  • I was a little skeptical at first as to whether I would like this as a guy haha but I really had a good time. It's not very large but there are a TON of butterflies and other animals and throughout. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable and was answering questions. You tour / walk at your own pace so you can stay for as long or as little as you want but I would consider this a must-do if you're in the keys for a while.
  • Lovely place, full of butterflies and birds, as well as families with small kids when we went... unfortunately the parents around us weren't paying attention and we saw a couple of butterflies injured but that's not the conservatory's fault. Great gift shop/boutique as well, beautiful stuff for anyone who loves butterflies.

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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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