There's only one place that brings together butterflies from around the world to a manicured, relaxing spot in the Florida Keys. Experience fluttering in paradise at the Key West Butterfly Nature Conservatory! This dreamlike living garden allows you to stroll through lush, manicured grounds to enjoy a tropical paradise filled with hundreds of magical, majestic butterflies. Guests experience one of the most unique opportunities to encounter winged wildlife in Key West
- Experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees
- Witness 50 to 60 different species from around the world, all under a climate controlled, glass enclosed habitat.
This beautiful center of learning and beauty is home to 50 to 60 different butterfly species of all colors, shapes, and sizes. In addition to housing one of the best butterfly collections in the country, the Key West Butterfly Conservatory is also home to a variety of colorful birds from around the globe. Stay comfortable while walking through climate-controlled habitats filled with flowering plants, lush vegetation, refreshing waterfalls, and the whisper-like sounds of fluttering wings.
The Key West Butterfly Conservatory's world-class butterfly collection represents butterflies of all varieties that are native to ecosystems spanning the globe. One species inhabiting the glass enclosure has an 11-in wingspan! As guests stroll this secret garden of wonders, they'll learn about the center's captive breeding program that enables curators to actually release some butterflies into their native habitats to help local ecosystems flourish. The butterflies bred by the Key West Butterfly Conservatory help shrubs, trees, and flowers in ecosystems around the planet to flourish! In addition to learning how butterflies are bred, visitors also enjoy rare glimpses into the secret lives of butterflies. Information is provided regarding butterfly anatomy, physiology, habits, diet, and migration patterns. There's even an opportunity to watch caterpillars being nurtured in real time! Finally, the Key West butterfly gift shop offers an assortment of artistic and educational treasures to bring home with you. Don't forget to stop into the Wings of Imagination Butterfly Gallery to discover a stunning collection of unique butterfly-themed items.