Key West is known for its thriving nightlife, laidback lifestyle, and the quirky people who choose to make this island paradise their home. From authors to singers and civic leaders to athletes, everyone falls in love with Key West and can’t wait to call it their own. As a visitor from another state, however, you may not realize that this vital spot has a softer side, proving that it truly is an escape for all, and when you visit the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, you may want to dig deeper and explore all sides of the Conch Republic, especially when every adventure begins and ends with our RentTheKeys Florida sanctuaries!
Located at 1316 Duvall Street, Open 9 AM to 5:30 PM 7 Days a Week
Butterflies have amazed and awed from their first moments breaking out of the chrysalis. Appearing delicate with their soft wings and brilliant colors, these hardy insects somehow thrive in a harsh world in part due to help from worthy establishments such as the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. Taking guests into a world that is moist and warm thanks to the magic of modern technology, it is impossible to feel anything other than at peace and in awe, especially when that bright blue butterfly lands on your sleeve, seeming to take a liking to you as you stroll through the magical tropical wonderland in which it lives! Offering between 50-60 varieties of butterflies, as well as exotic birds, and two flamboyantly fabulous pink flamingoes, your time in the conservatory will thrill, delight, and provide a much-needed break from reality, even as your vacation realty is still pretty wonderful!
Learn how the world’s environment needs the continued existence of these sweet creatures and discover how you too can help them thrive by planting gardens that attract butterflies and bees; many flowers are attractive to both species and can help keep our planet on an even keel. The birds that live in the observatory, including the flamingoes, add their own magic, presenting another form of winged beauty and magic that make this place one of the most popular kids activities in Key West. The gift shop attached will ensure that your children’s love of the delicate creatures will continue on long after they have returned home, and if you don’t have room in your suitcase for the books, jewelry, or home accessories that are offered, their online store will allow you to have your gift of choice shipped to your home!