Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

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Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory

Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory
3.5
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Circe829
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We really enjoyed our visit here. There was someone there to point out the interesting butterflies and animals, as well as how they maintain the population. Plan on about an hour. It's one big room, but lots to see and learn about.
Written January 1, 2020
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Maurene_K
Dover, NH9,469 contributions
Solo
The Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory is a sizable 3,000-square-foot tropical habitat of tropical plants and trees for exotic tropical birds, butterflies, tortoises, lizards, fish, and frogs. Many species housed here are on endangered lists.

The approach up the walkway leads visitors past a lawn/garden area with a gazebo.

The entrance if through the gift shop. It is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Admission prices are:
$12.00 - Adults
$9.50 - Children (11 & under
$9.50 - Seniors (65 & up
$9.50 - College Students with valid ID
Free - Infants - 18 months. & under
All prices are subject to 8% New York State Sales Tax.

From the gift shop, you step into a tropical world.

I thought that the layout was well thought-out and organized.

On my visit, a large Burmese Mountain Tortoise was walking up the cement ramp to the entrance/exit door perhaps trying to make a great escape. She was soon back where she belonged. She was eating her lunch that was a special formula packed with nutrients. It resembled mashed banana with peanut butter, but that’s not what it was. About 10 minutes later, a tiny tortoise was in the same place eating his lunch of the same formula in a tiny cup.

Walking around the conservatory, I saw a Zebra Striped Butterfly, a Blue Morpho, a Black and White Striped Moth, and a magnificent Chinese Red Capped Golden Pheasant, plus a Philippine Sailfin Dragon, a tree-dwelling lizard.

Words of caution:
It’s advisable to walk slowly around the conservatory because a lot of the free-roaming smaller lizards and birds are camouflaged in the plants and trees. It’s easy to scare them or have a close call in stepping on one of them.

The Blue Morphos are difficult to photograph as they flutter about almost incessantly.

There is also a seasonal café on the grounds.

This attraction is just as much for adults as it is for children. In fact, adults outnumbered children 5 to 1 during my visit.

The conservatory is wheelchair accessible.

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Written July 18, 2014
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Sandy C
7 contributions
Solo
A bit whimsical and I enjoyed the butterflies, birds and other creatures. It's small and I would not recommend it for families with young children.
Written July 13, 2017
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nycebh
New York City, NY246 contributions
Couples
First time to visit in over two years. The wonderful owner/operator showed us around. Incredible collection of butterflies including beautiful blue morphos. Enjoyed the beautiful collection of rare birds, turtles, small snakes, rabbits, and Australian marsupials. Clearly this is labor of love. Have been going here for almost 20 years. Turaco and pheasant are currently outside. This is a wonderful place for kids and incredible opportunity to take unique pictures.
Written October 22, 2021
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Amelia L
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Family
The place itself is horrible. It’s filthy, messy, and smelled awful before you even got into the “gift shop”. You couldn’t even see the gift shop from the parking lot, and the only thing directing you towards the place was a small sign that lead you through grass that obviously hasn’t been mowed in quite some time and a chicken coop with a bunch of roosters in it.
There were boxes in the gift shop, and all of the items that I think were on sale were just thrown about every which way like whoever cleaned the place just didn’t care. There was nobody behind the front desk, so we decided to wait a few minutes before deciding there was something shady about the place and leaving.
Eventually, an older woman finally came out just to tell us to leave because the butterflies weren’t out due to the weather. It was overcast, with no rain. From what I’ve seen, people have been coming here in the winter so I’m not sure what was up with that. Even if the butterflies were hibernating for the day, how hard is it to put a note on your website warning potential customers to not risk driving all the way out here when it’s cloudy? It took us two hours to get out here, only to be turned away at the door.
Terrible place, despite receiving two free entry coupons (there were four of us by the way) we will definitely not be returning. Save your money and go to the zoo.
Written August 10, 2018
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Trudy M
Hendersonville, NC23 contributions
Family
We were on our way, we had been there in the summer and the kids had a great time. Now it was one of the coldest days of the winter and we knew there were no butterflies but had heard great things about the birds and reptiles. Unfortunately when we turned in the parking lot, another visitor told us the pipes had frozen and they would not be able to be open that day. We were disappointed but will try again another day.
Written February 20, 2015
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376Mich
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
Couples
Actively interested in nature, we recently visited this conservatory. To say the least, the web site is very inaccurate. First, there are NO butterflies in the winter, only a selection of tropical birds, and a few animals. The path to the facility was not properly cleared, and the grounds were very run down. But as we had travelled a fair distance, we thought we would give it a try. On entrance the service was terrible and we we were grumbled at for paying cash and not credit. This should have been a hint to turn around and forget about it, but we thought we'd give it a try as sometimes appearances are deceiving...Wrong.

On entrance, you are confronted with the combined smell of animal and bird excrement. The plants and surfaces were covered in bird excrement and the place looked like it was rarely cleaned. The facility is small, and most of the animals are in cages and do not look very healthy. In addition, while they do have a sloth it's in a large cage that it shares with rabbits and a small "litter" box in the corner. While there is a heat lamp in the cage, the overall temperature of the room is moderate and certainly not warm enough for tropical birds and animals...We ware our winter coats the whole time. Because the temperature is not warm enough, most of the plants were dying as well.

I would not recommend this as a destination worth viewing and was very disappointed. The website and reviews did not provide an accurate reflection of the current facility. It was expensive, dirty, and very run down.
Written February 10, 2014
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Brandy W
Weare, NH2 contributions
Family
While visiting family in Unadilla we looked up a toddler friendly place to visit. We should've gotten back in the truck when we saw the 8" wide path through the snow that we had to follow to the conservatory...that the dog inside also used as his toilet. We never saw the dog but it barked at us the entire time we paid our admittion. As soon as we entered the "gift shop" a wet dog smell hit our noses like a freight train. There's what we thought to be a very rude sign stating that "we are not a daycare, these toys are for sale!" I thought my mother was going to turn around and leave after the extremely rude woman actually asked my mom to take the garbage she had just put in the waste basket out of it and put it in the bathroom garbage! Not wanting to dissapoint we paid the high admission price and went in. The actual conservatory is very run down and smells horrible. The plants are dying and the pens are dirty. The only reason we're giving it one star is the pretty variety of birds. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody, ever! The pictures and descriptions online are extremely deseaving, I don't know if it was a nice place a few years back but it is completely different than the website pictures.
Written February 8, 2014
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Inspiration207443
Binghamton, NY1 contribution
Family
I went here today with my daughter and two small grand children. When we first drove in I thought how unkempt it was, but was hoping all efforts were put into the conservatory. It was dismal. It was Hot and dirty The animals obviously not happy...al BUT through the eyes of my grandson it was a magical place. He loved it...which makes me wonder why, in a town that has two colleges near it, why a program can't be made where students go in and look after the health of this place, as well as manage it, and spruce it up...to look as magical to all, as was in the eyes of my 5 year old grandson. Yes, I thought it very expensive, but am hoping it was all used for the betterment of the critters. So tell me folks....is there help for this place somewhere><
Written August 28, 2018
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Amber N
Oneonta, New York, United States7 contributions
Family
I visited this place for my birthday to see insects and butterflies in a nice habitat, and to maybe even learn a little about them. What I ended up seeing was much much different. Sloths were kept in a small parrot cage- they had a wire bottom, barely anywhere to climb, and did not experience anything even close to their natural habitat. Tortoises were kept in tiny areas with just enough room to turn around. Yes, there were butterflies. Unfortunately children were allowed to run around this place and there were dead butterflies on the ground. When my mother asked an employee if the sloth had a larger enclosure or if it was ever let out the girl was extremely rude to the point of being almost violent- saying my mother didn't know what she was talking about and to go back to PETA and said things about her leather shoes making her a hypocrite, attacking her for asking about the sloth. I have never had a professional establishment treat us so poorly. This employee did not offer any information at all about the care of the animals. I feel that this place does not treat their animals well and should be investigated in the least- and they should think about how to treat paying customers when simply asking questions. Very bad experience overall.
Written July 21, 2015
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