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“Butterfly Sanctuary”

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Ranked #2 of 40 things to do in Cambridge
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Walk amongst thousands of freely flying butterflies in a tropical paradise! Explore insect themed exhibits including an observation honey bee hive. Fun for the whole family. Open year round.
Cambridge, Canada
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Butterfly Sanctuary”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Butterflies and moths soar through greenhouse structures, and may land on your shoulder or arm. Luxurious vegetation and the gentle flow of a stream transport you to the realm of abundant flyers.

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“Wonderful staff delightful animals”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

The staff was very friendly! The restaurant chef makes bbq sauce from scratch. The smokey bbq chicken pizza was to die for. The staff let us pick their brain got ages and were knowledgeable. Although the conservatory is on the small side I found beautiful things in every corner and learned lots of interesting things. There ar birds, snails, bees, and of course butterflies!

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Cambridge, Canada
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335 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Amazing and educational!”
Reviewed September 21, 2012

We visited the Conservatory during Monarch Tagging Weekend, and were expecting it to be busier than it was, but that was okay with us! All of us learned a lot about the Monarch and it's very short, but productive life cycle. We enjoyed the exhibits and the tropical garden. It was great to watch the butterflies, birds, turtles and fish in a "natural" environment. We expected from the wording of the promotion, that our niece and nephew would be able to track their butterfly all the way down to Mexico, but in reality, they will only find out what happened to it if someone finds it with the sticker still on its wing. We felt that considering the number of people there, it would have been nice to have 2 people manning the tagging table, as it seemed to take a long time to get through that line. Note: there was an extra cost for the tagging. We didn't patronize the restaurant. The adults in the group would have stayed longer, but the 4 and 6 year olds had had enough after about 1.5 hrs. We are happy to support a local attraction, and will return at another time.

Visited September 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2012

I wish I had brought a camera with me to catch the look on my 2 year old son's face when we walked into the butterfly area- he was in complete awe. There are beautiful live plants, birds, butterflies, fish, turtles and more. There are also displays of other insects, and wildlife. We really enjoyed our trip to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. The price was right also- it was half the price of the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory. If we lived closer I definitely would have bought a membership- we really really enjoyed our visit!!

Visited September 2012
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A Bit of Tropical Magic”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

I have visited the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory several times over the years and each time have enjoyed the serene, warm, tropical setting no matter what the season. Hundreds of free-flying butterflies and multi-coloured finches, a cascading waterfall and lush, tropical plants and flowers all contribute to the sense of ease and "time stands still" one experiences in this magical setting. The staff were friendly and inviting with information and questions. We were invited to watch a Monarch Butterfly release outside in the front butterfly garden as the tagged butterflies began their fall migration to Mexico. We laughed and enjoyed a small "Battle of the Finches" as a group of these multi-coloured birds gently scrapped over a prime piece of vine for nest building material. Although you are not to touch the butterflies or plants, that doesn't mean they won't touch you and several times, my sister and I were visited first-hand by these lovely creatures. I loved it! Bring your camera. You will love it, too.

Visited September 2012
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