Key West Butterfly Conservatory
Key West, Florida, USA
- Conservatory: Enter the climate-controlled setting where you'll be among 50 to 60 different butterfly species and over 20 exotic bird species from around the world.
- Learning Center: Explore butterflies' feeding habits, anatomy, physiology, and migration patterns and see live caterpillars up close as they feed and develop.
- Gallery and gift shop: Butterfly and nature enthusiasts enjoy browsing through original works of art, as well as beautiful butterfly- and nature-themed items.
About this Key West, Florida tour
For everyone fascinated by the "flowers of the sky" the butterfly this is a magical tour. Just minutes from the crowded bustle of Duval Street, you'll enter a sanctuary of fluttering wings, colorful blooms, and the tranquil sound of waterfalls. The Conservatory is Key West's quiet oasis.
Step inside the glass-enclosed habitat and share the butterflies' world. They're flying freely all around you, like a colorful swirl of confetti in the air. You'll see them feeding on nectar from the flowers, or stopping to rest so you can admire their exquisite colors and patterns. A butterfly may even land on you -enjoy that charmed moment!
Butterflies are the winged wonders that pollinate and propagate all that grows around us. There's truth in the lovely saying that no garden blooms until butterflies flutter through it. Throughout the world, between 15,000 and 20,000 different species of butterfly soar the skies, but their numbers are diminishing due to habitat loss from construction and the widespread use of pesticides. The Conservatory's butterflies come from captive breeding programs that are beneficial to both the butterflies and the environment.
Friendly and knowledgeable guides, and an entire Learning Center, are close by to answer all your butterfly questions. But the delicate creatures dancing in the air may be the greatest teachers of all. They remind us how nature's simplest gifts, like a butterfly, can reawaken our sense of wonder.
Why butterfly, not flutter-by?
The source of the word "butterfly" winged away long ago, lost in the whimsies of the English language. Other languages have words to describe these graceful creatures more poetically papillon in French, farfalle in Italian, and fluture in Romanian. One story to explain our English word says that butter once actually flew, when wicked witches took on the shape of butterflies to steal away the butter and milk from a household.
Please proceed to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory at 1316 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040.
Closed Christmas Day.
To fully participate may require leisurely walking over primarily even surfaces. There may be a limited number of steps and some standing for extended periods of time. This tour is wheelchair accessible.
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Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 3 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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