A wonderful attraction for families visiting the Niagara Falls, Canada area is The Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory which is located on the Niagara Parkway about 10 minutes from the Falls. The Conservatory is located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens and School of Horticulture. The Butterfly Conservatory is open year-round (except for Christmas) although the hours vary depending on the time of year.
Families can take a self-guided walking tour through the conservatory which features over 2 000 colourful butterflies floating freely in the rain forest setting. We recently spent part of an afternoon there while visiting Niagara Falls and Emma was absolutely delighted with it.
It is impossible not to be fascinated by the butterflies fluttering around the conservatory. So many beautiful colours!
Emma was particularly fascinated by the butterflies feeding on dishes of fruit.
Emma was a bit nervous at first about the butterflies touching her but was soon delighted when they landed although she had trouble staying still long enough not to frighten them away.
When we were finished chasing butterflies around the conservatory we went on a horse and carriage ride around the grounds of the Botanical Gardens and learned all about the various plants and trees that students from the School of Horticulture are growing on the property.
The Butterfly Conservatory is just one of many family-friendly activities in the Niagara Falls area. The official website Niagara Falls Tourism is a great source of information on the multitude of attractions in the area. Emma had already started planning our next visit before the end of the day and she concluded that we have to go for a weekend the next time.
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