1316 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
tel: +1 305 296 2988
Daily 9am-5pm; last ticket sold at 4:30pm
There's just something awesome about butterflies – they represent rebirth, natural beauty, quiet strength. At the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, visitors get to walk among hundreds of butterflies in their natural habitats. Stunning, is the best way to describe it. What I did not know was that these butterflies were not gathered from the wild (Key West is as far south as you can get in the US, so it seems we have to get everything shipped in!), but it turns out that the captive breeding of butterflies is best suited for tropical climates like the Keys, and "overage" gets released into the wild to help culture our native trees, plants and shrubs. It's a fascinating place. Hours 9a.m.–5p.m. daily. Admission $12, children 4-12 $8.50, seniors and military $9, children four and under, free.