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“a nice little retreat for anyone who loves Butterflies”

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Ranked #2 of 41 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.
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Other than it being so humid which is required for the butterflies it's a lovely little place to visit for a few hours. Wear bright colours and you will likely find a friend or two. My children love it here and we will continue to visit one or two times per year.

1  Thank Melissa G
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Disclaimer, I am a MASSIVE fan of the butterfly conservatory in Niagara Falls, we go there every couple of weeks even though we're in Toronto.

The bad:
- it's in the middle of nowhere, we were looking for something to go to after but we saw no signs nothing.
- the little "museum" exhibit is tiny, though nice to look at (except the live cockroaches, yuck! And there is a tarantula that lives there for those who fear spiders).
- HOLY BALLS OF FIRE IT'S HOT!!! It's a glass house with no air control? When we visited (May 19th) in the afternoon (3:30 pm) it was maybe already 30+ degrees and extremely humid. We couldn't stay there for longer than a few minutes without sweating and needing to step out. They told us that it's better in the winter times.
- half the amount of butterflies as the other conservatory

The good
- luscious plants, very nice waterfall
- the birds! Aww the little birdies were cute, I'm a fan of that
- the information booklets so you know what species the butterflies and birds were
- free parking

The neutral
- we were hungry at 4:30 pm but their cafeteria was closed already, there were no restaurants around so we had to resort to buying ice cream from the gift shop.

Thank natbears
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very small conservatory. You can literally walk through it within 5 min. It wasn't really worth the money.

1  Thank Shobana T
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CambridgeButterfly, Executive Director and Curator at Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2014

Greetings Shobana T,

Thank you for taking the time to share your review of the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. It’s unfortunate that you didn't feel you got your money's worth.

We are always hard at work to increase the visitor experience. We're very lucky to have well-educated, passionate staff and are looking at ways to further utilize their knowledge to enhance guest engagement.

We hope that you will consider returning to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory and, if so, please let us know so we can make your visit a great one.

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Reviewed May 15, 2013

You either can enjoy watching 100's of butterflies, or it quickly bores you to pieces.

I can go to a butterfly house a few times a year, take pictures, and decompress.

If you can enjoy it, the Cambridge Conservatory is a relaxing place. Better if they had a cafe for a mid-visit coffee. Better if they had a selection of butterflies that differed much from the Niagara house.

On the other hand, Cambridge has fewer levels, free parking, and an assortment of calm and small birds that you won't see locally.

The volunteers were all pleasant.

Is it worth a 2 hour drive? I would give the edge to Niagara, but Cambridge is less crowded. If you are passing by, it is worth a visit. If you live close, become a member.

2  Thank Dean1900
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Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Just had Mother's Day tea and a visit with the butterflies. The kids enjoyed seeing all of the butterfly species. It's extra cool when some of them land on you.
It's quite warm in there because its a tropical green house, so dress light.
Food was just ok, but enjoyed the Mother's Day event all the same.

Thank BD73Toronto
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