The 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 140 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.
Planning 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.