Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory (Photos + FAQs Answered)

Are you looking for things to do in Cambridge this weekend? Experience a tropical oasis right in the city when you visit the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. Read on for a behind-the-scenes look at the beauty and learn why your family will thank you for taking them. 

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

What is The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory?

A must-see attraction in the Waterloo Region, the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory has been open to the public since 2002. It’s 25,000 square feet of year-round indoor tropical paradise and home to thousands of butterflies, birds, fish, amphibians and insects. The Conservatory is privately owned, with a small team of amazing staff who are eager to share their knowledge with guests.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Will my kids have fun at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory?

The Butterfly Conservatory is ideal for all ages. Not only is it one of the largest greenhouses in Canada, but it’s also home to thousands of free-flying butterflies.  Butterflies are friendly and will land on or near you! Your visit will give your kids the chance to see butterflies and insects up close, learn what butterflies eat, and even watch them in their cocoons.

Tip: Did you know that every 2 weeks or so another 1000 or more chrysalis are brought to the Butterfly Conservatory and hung up in the windows so visitors like us can watch them hatch and take their first flights. This was the highlight of our visit!

Be sure to visit the 2 museum-like galleries to get an up-close look at a variety of insects and learn about their environment and conservation. Victoria, our photographer, took her 2-year-old daughter to visit the butterfly conservatory and highly recommends it for toddlers!

little girl exploring the Cambridge butterfly conservatory

Cambridge butterfly conservatory walkway

How long does it take to go through the butterfly conservatory?

Expect more than butterflies at the butterfly conservatory! The conservatory is home to a variety of insects and moths, too.

Look deep in the habitats and you’ll catch a glimpse of both brightly coloured and camouflaging frogs. Turn your eyes a little lower and you’ll find fish and turtles! And all around you in the conservatory are free-flying birds.

Plan for a few loops of the greenhouse because you definitely won’t see everything in your first go around. Victoria and her little girl did about 4 loops and walked slowly. They spent about 90 minutes in total, but you should plan for a little more if you’re kids want to take a detailed look at the galleries.  This is such a fun things to do in Cambridge!

How much is the butterfly conservatory?

The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. 6 days a week (closed Mondays). Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory tickets for our 2-hour time frame must be purchased in advance online. This is one of the top rated things to do in Cambridge, Ontario so it can be busy on holiday and PA Days.

General Admission (13-64)$20.00
Seniors (65+)$15.00
Children (3-12)$10.00
Children (2 & under)FREE!
Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

Things to know about the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

  • Timed-entry tickets for your 2-hour visit can be bought in advance online
  • On-site parking is free
  • Yes, the butterfly conservatory in Cambridge is wheelchair accessible and stroller-friendly
  • Speak to the staff! They’re very friendly and knowledgable
  • The conservatory is very warm and very humid. Dress in layers and expect 25-degree temperatures
  • Washrooms on-site and accessible
  • The gift shop is open

 Address: the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory Cambridge Ontario is located at 2500 Kossuth Road.

Photographer Bio: Victoria is a talented photographer specializing in capturing all types of families made with love, their furbabies and branding for small businesses and Mompreneurs. Follow her adventures in toddler motherhood, photography and exploring here.

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