To say that Key West, Florida is eclectic is an understatement! Quirky is fun and endless margaritas while watching breathtaking sunsets. Just kickback and relax or stay busy with all the outdoor activities you can handle. There is one place that is somewhat off the beaten path that I love to visit, The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory on South Duval Street.
There are over 50 species of butterflies and over 20 exotic bird species against a tropical backdrop of beautiful exotic host plants, flowers, and trees. It’s a great place to learn while be mesmerized by all the beauty of the butterflies and the antics of the birds prancing in the trees.
The Learning Center guides you through the butterfly/caterpillar life process and their role in the ecosystem, with a short film and exhibits. Then you leisurely stroll through a menagerie of gorgeous winged creatures in the enclosed habitat. Before you know it, you may have a rainbow of color sitting on your shoulder or clinging to your arm. The birds can put on quite a display while singing and flying all around you. I could watch them for hours, and I think I did. They are all amazing little creatures to observe.
Before you leave be sure to visit the gift shop with its many unique butterfly and nature styled gifts. The butterfly art gallery, Wings of Imagination, boasts of original works of art unlike any other you will see, many are available for purchase.
This is a great place to bring the kids and let them learn while exploring. I never miss a chance to visit the Conservatory when I’m in Key West.
For more info: http://www.keywestbutterfly.com/
Tips: Photography is not allowed in the gallery area.