Of my many traits and quirks, being graceful isn’t one of them. There are days I feel as if my legs and arms are independently controlled by small goblins living in my joints. It’s a leading factor to my complete lack of desire for dancing and why you won’t catch me in a china shop. So you can imagine how terrified I was walking into a fragile environment containing more than 2000 butterflies.
At the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory you start your visit with a short video that discusses butterflies and tips on moving around within their enclosure. After the video, you are free to start your self-guided tour. With my clumsy stride, I was very paranoid throughout the entire journey. Butterflies are everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE.
It really feels like a rainforest at the Butterfly Conservatory. The winding pathways take you past tropical plants, a waterfall, a pond and regal statues. There are several feeding spots for the butterflies and even an emergence area for you to watch butterflies take their first flight.
As you step you have to be so incredibly careful that you aren’t smashing one to bits. They land on your hands, clothing and are scattered around the pathways. You do have room to walk, don’t get me wrong, but they are in motion so you never know where one will land. I’m the kind of person that when I find a bug in the house, I’ll throw it back outside. Unless it’s a spider – then killing is fair game in my mind. Or a mosquito. Okay, so I have a small death list.
The facility is fully wheelchair/stroller friendly which is a huge bonus. At over 11,000 square feet the glass-enclosed Butterfly Conservatory is the largest in North America. It is located on the grounds of Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens School of Horticulture (which is a beautiful and free park to stroll through) in Niagara Falls.
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