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Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory

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AUGUST 2020 UPDATE:

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is fully open, with limited capacity and timed ticket entry only (~50 visitors admitted every 1/2 hour). Chrysalis Café is open with dining inside or on the cafe patio. Gift Store is open. Contactless payment only (no cash). Insect encounters, daily programming, guided tours, camps, and events are temporarily suspended, with the the first on-site event scheduled for September 18 & 19 (Monarch Tagging Weekend). Birthday Parties, Bridal Showers, Celebrations of Life are now booking for September & beyond with reduced capacity and modified activities.

Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is featuring a new Micro-Wedding Package, working in accordance with all public health guidelines.

Contact Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory for the most up to date hours and information.


Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory focuses on education and outreach in the community. Located on over 100 acres, their site includes the ecologically sensitive Kossuth Bog. The facility’s main feature is the 10,000 square foot tropical garden that showcases thousands of butterflies along with other animals, such as small birds, and tropical plants. They are open every day, though sometimes closed for private events. Please check their website for the most up-to-date information.

The butterflies at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory are supplied by farmers in Costa Rica and the Philippines. Over 40 species of butterflies are represented, such as the monarch butterfly, the emerald swallowtail, and the silver-spotted flambeau. The garden also houses over a dozen bird species, including quail, doves, and canaries, as well as various insects, such as the giant African land snail, tarantulas, and scorpions. To support these animals and provide them with a habitat, hundreds of plants are also cultivated on site.A kid holding a bug at Cambridge Butterfly ConservatoryPlanning a longer visit? The Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory offers food in their Chrysalis Café. There are wraps, soup, salads, pizzas, sausage, and more on their menu. They grow some ingredients directly outside the café, while other ingredients are sourced from a family farm down the road.

Feeling brave? Another dining option at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory is its insects. The gift store offers various edible insect options, such as crickets, mealworms, and chocolate-covered scorpions. The store also offers books, toys, framed insects, and butterfly collectibles.

Weddings, parties, and other events can be hosted at the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory. The capacity for weddings is 150 guests seated, or 160 in a canapé style. They provide all the catering, and can offer a four-course meal, a buffet, or a brunch option. Other events that can be hosted on-site include corporate getaways, children’s birthday parties, and bridal showers.

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