Plan Your Visit

In Conservatory, News by dfiik

Planning a visit to the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory in the near future? Like many of our visitors, it is likely that you have a few questions before deciding to come and see us. Where will I park? Is there somewhere close by to eat? How long can we expect to spend in the facility? Look no further than this post to prep you for your first visit to Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory!

A question we often get asked is “are the butterflies real?” The answer is yes – we have over 2,000 real, free-flying butterflies in our greenhouse at any given time. They arrive to us in the pupa stage from Costa Rica and the Philippines, and we hang them in our emergence window for guests to get the chance at a sneak peak of one emerging to take its first flight.

Because our butterflies come from tropical environments, we need to keep the Conservatory temperature quite warm. Most days the temperature will range between 24-28 degrees, so dressing in layers is recommended. You’re welcome to go in and out of the greenhouse as many times as you’d like – sometimes our guests will cool off in the air conditioned galleries or have lunch in the café and then return to the greenhouse.

Another popular question is whether or not we allow photography inside the facility. We not only allow it, but we encourage it! We love to see photos that are taken here in the Conservatory, so please tag and mention us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Cameras and flash photography are permitted in the Conservatory; however we do not allow any additional camera equipment in the facility during regular business hours. If you are looking to take more professional photos, be sure to contact our Booking Coordinator at or (519) 653-1234, x 100 to book your private visit.

We have plenty of free parking on site, a café full of friendly faces ready to serve you lunch, and a gift store with mementos for you to remember your visit. The entire facility is fully accessible should you need to bring wheelchairs, walkers or strollers along for your visit.

Check out our Hours, Admissions, and Directions page, our Upcoming Events and our FAQs page for more information. You can buy tickets at the door, but you’re also welcome to buy tickets online.

Don’t delay – plan your visit today!