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“Interesting place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval Street, Key West, FL 33040
305-296-2988
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Ranked #2 of 83 Attractions in Key West
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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“Interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Really neat place if you're into butterflies, if you're not it can be a decent gift shop. Can be difficult to get around the gift shop though -

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“Love this Place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Wear Bright colors, and a perfume that would most resemble a flower or made with some type of sugar base. This will attract the butterflies!

The place is amazing! Upon walking in, you will get slapped in the face with millions of colors! butterflies are zooming by, birds are chirping, eating, and flying in every direction possible. Its a fantasy world!

It's a Must-Go-and-See!

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“Key West 2012”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

love the butterflies and flowers...loved the natural surroundings...very relaxing and peaceful. A must see!!

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virginia beach, va
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“Delicate Beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Before we cruised to Key West, I had done a lot of research about what to see. I fell in love online with the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. It was our first stop in Key West (CityView Trolley dropped us right at the front door). First, the gift shop is amazing! You could spend an hour just putzing around in there. Once you finally cut yourself loose from that, you pay and enter the Conservatory. We had a coupon from the Trolley but the OPR (old person rate) was cheaper - $9 if I remember correctly. There's an education area and then you step into the rainforest - or that's what it feels like. It's very warm, very humid and very, very beautiful. It is astonishing to see all of the birds and butterflies at ease in their home. They just go about their business and leave you sighing in delight as they flit by you. There are feeding stations throughout to tempt them to land (and to, well, feed them) and a myriad of tropical flowers to tempt them, too. We spent a lot of time - lost track of how much - just trying to get a really good picture of the irridescent blue ones!! They are really fast and when they stop, they fold up their wings and the wings are brown on the outside -- disappointing but oh, so much safer for them, I'm sure!

This place did not at all disappoint. All the hype was right-on for me. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but if you are a tree-hugging nature lover like me - you'll get a kick out of it!

One negative to me. I'd been pining for the 'butterfly in a crystal ball' Christmas ornament and had even posted pictures on Cruise Critic for others to see and get excited about. Guess what? They only carry them at Christmas...I was denied the $45 Christmas ornament (probably just as well). And, yes, I can order online - but it's not the same thing. Haven't shop owners in cruise ports figured out that Chritmas ornaments are a big deal as souvenirs? Small, inexpensive (mostly), easy to transport, lightweight...just saying.

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Birmingham Alabama
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“Go in the morning.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

It is so peaceful early in the morning, especially when you are the first one there. A beautiful place we've been to every year since it opened.

Visited May 2012
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