One of the most delightful non-Falls attractions, Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory features over 2,000 colorful tropical butterflies, made up from more than 50 different species. The butterflies float freely among lush, exotic blossoms and greenery, even occasionally landing on the peaceful procession of visitors passing through.
An abundance of natural light illuminates the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory, which is carefully climate controlled. Multi-leveled paths wind through the rainforest setting, past a pond and a waterfall. The butterflies, amazingly, sit still most of the time, inviting plenty of photo opportunities as you wander. There is also a butterfly nursery, where you can watch butterflies emerge from their cocoons; the window is opened several times daily to release the young butterflies.
The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory also doubles as a greenhouse for the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. While watching the fluttering butterflies, you can see some 130 species of rare flowers and plants.
The Niagara Butterfly Conservatory is located north of Horseshoe Falls, along the Niagara River Parkway. You can get here by car or shuttle bus. Nearby attractions include the Whirlpool Aero Car. Keep in mind that only a certain number of visitors are allowed inside the glass-enclosed conservatory at any one time. During summer, you may have to wait in line. Allow no more than 2 hours for a visit.