If you’re looking for an educational attraction to visit while in Niagara Falls this summer, a trip to the Butterfly Conservatory may be just what you’re searching for!
Located on the picturesque Niagara Parkway, the Conservatory is nestled within the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, home to hundreds of acres of manicured grounds.
The Conservatory’s 2,000 butterflies from 45 different species, float freely among the rainforest like environment which includes tropical plants, trees and waterfalls beautifully constructed and maintained year round. The Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory is North America’s largest glass-enclosed butterfly conservatory.
A visit to the conservatory can include a leisurely walk through the tropical environment, enjoying the scenery and butterflies, or can be an educational field trip of discovery.
The conservatory offers a self-guided tour that includes a short, informative video to give you all the information needed to begin. Once you start you’ll follow the path and learn about the interesting life of butterflies from around the world.
You’ll be able to learn about a wide variety of different topics at the conservatory such as evolution, ecology, the physics of flight, defense strategies and camouflage and much more.
The Butterfly Conservatory opened its doors in 1996 and has been operating year round since then. The incredible detail put into creating and maintaining the perfect habitat for the thousands of butterflies has made the conservatory one of the must see attractions in Niagara Falls.
For a day of fun with nature visit the Niagara Parks Botanical Garden, which in addition to housing the Butterfly Conservatory, is also home to the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture. The students and staff at the school turn the grounds into natural works of art, highlighting the different seasons with thousands of plants, trees and flowers.