The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 2,000 tropical butterflies and a showcase of flora and various greenery where they float and mingle. The Conservatory features winding paths that track throughout the conservatory's rainforest-like setting, giving visitors access to the sights there.
- Location: Niagara Parks botanical gardens & School of Horticulture; 5.6 miles north of Niagara Falls
- Open Date: December 1996
- Admission Fees: $13-$15 for adults aged 13+. $8 for Children aged 6 to 12 years. Prices include tax. Children 5 and under are free.
- Features: Climate-controlled green house hosting as many as 2,000 tropical butterflies of over 60 different species; 200 seat theater/auditorium room; gift shop
- Other Facts: Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory Parking is $5. Residents can pay a one-time fee of $10 for an annual parking pass. Also features wheelchair access and stroller parking for parents.
About The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory
The Niagara Parks Commission of Niagara Falls, Ontario operates Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory. The conservatory is located about 10 minutes north of Niagara Falls the wonder itself, located on the grounds of the eponymous botanical gardens and School of Horticulture.
The Conservatory's glass dome measures an estimated 11,000 square feet (1,022 square meters). The paths inside the greenhouse measure 590 feet in length, and trail throughout the entirety of the greenhouse.
The butterfly conservatory accommodates as much as 300 visitors per hour. The Emergence area at the conservatory allows visitors to see the butterfly life cycle, that of which produces as much as 45,000 butterflies on an annual basis.
The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory currently hosts species such as Monarchs, Low's Swallowtails, Owls, Mosaics, Red Lacewings, Blue Morphos and Small Postmans. The green house setting also hosts goldfish, turtles, beetles, toads and Eurasian quails to help regulate their insect population.
The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory features various activities for younger and older children. People are also permitted to hold weddings in the greenhouse under certain restrictions and with permission from management..
Visitors are encouraged to wear bright clothes, wear perfume or cologne and move slowly if they wish to have butterflies land on them.
According to most visitor impressions from Internet reviews, the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is a 'wonderful place' and many people 'stayed in there for hours.' Many visitors loved the diversity of the butterfly species and seeing how they interact with their environment. Many visitors also advise to bring cameras, since the conservatory's butterfly population is rife with photo opportunities.
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