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“A small oasis”

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
Ranked #2 of 38 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.
Waterloo, Canada
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A small oasis”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The conservatory is pleasant any time of the year, but especially in cool weather. The plants have grown up nicely over the years, and offers not just many butterflies, but some birded(I am amused by the small quail that generally stay in the underbrush, and are there to eat the dead butterflies).

There are places to sit as well as some displays in the outer parts of the conservatory. The facility also host events, ranging from small corporate meetings t weddings. The cafe, unlicensed, offers basic snack. And during March Break, the conservatory has programs on eating bugs - always a "favourite" with kids, and - really - educational.

This is not as large as the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory, but quite good and fascinating.

Visited June 2013
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Cambridge, Canada
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“many butterflies”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Three of on went on the long weekend. It wasn't as busy as I thought it would be, which was nice, and there were many butterflies flying around. There are also some small birds, turtles, fish, partridge, and a small exotic bird. We were lucky and had a few butterflies land on all of us. We had a good laugh and would return. As other mentioned, not as large at the Niagara conservatory, but still good.

Visited June 2013
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canada
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82 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“a nice one hour visit or two hour with lunch!”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

Went on mother's day and my kids had a nice time! Its a worth while one to two hour visit.
The food was quite decent in the buffet.

Visited May 2013
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Cambridge, Canada
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Summer smiles in winter drizzle”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

It was a lovely break from from the winter rain mixed with snow. You could go there in your short sleeves and feel like you are vacationing in a tropical destination. It smelled wonderful and I could feel myself relaxing as the peaceful environment enveloped me.

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Mississauga, Canada
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20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Wings of Heaven”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

The above title explains it all. That God, the creator would make these short-lived creatures so beautiful! To imagine that they are able to navigate thousands of miles. The Monarch butterfly finds it way to Mexico. It is inconceivable that there is no plan to the creation. To think that these creatures go from flower to flower, feed themselves, find a resting place and provide beauty and wonder and awe without being aware of it.

I saw six to ten on a man's hat as he meandered through this replica of a tropical paradise! Children were milling around entranced by the dance of two butterflies clothed in their back and white "tutus". The exhibitions noting their extraordinary life journey with what can only be described as monumentous changes -- going from a caterpillar to a pupa to a creature that has no resemblance to its original form.

Thank you God for making such marvelous creatures!

Visited May 2013
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