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Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens & Butterfly Conservatory

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  • Botanical Gardens: free; Butterfly Conservatory: CA$15 (about $12) for adults; CA$9.75 (about $8) for kids 6-12
  • Hours vary by season

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  • 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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To escape the thunderous falls and tourist crowds, take an afternoon and lose yourself in the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. If you like nature, the gardens are a must-see. This 100-acre space is home to dozens of meticulously maintained gardens cared for by students at the on-site horticulture school featuring thousands of species of plants. During the summer, guided horse-and-carriage tours allow you to explore the gardens in style. The gardens are also home to the Butterfly Conservatory, where several thousand butterflies flit and flutter among brightly colored flowers. 

Recent visitors said a visit to the gardens and the butterfly conservatory provided a nice respite from the kitchsy atmosphere around the falls. Reviewers cautioned that the butterfly conservatory can get crowded, but noted that the gardens were quiet. Travelers also recommended bringing your camera, as the conservatory offers plenty of photo ops.

The Botanical Gardens are located on the Ontario side just north of the falls; the butterfly conservatory is located on the grounds of the gardens. The Botanical Gardens are open every day from sunrise to sunset and admission is free (though you will have to pay for parking), while the Butterfly Conservatory charges an entry fee of CA$15 (about $12) for adults and CA$9.75 (about $8) for kids 6 to 12. The Butterfly Conservatory's hours of operation vary depending on the season. For more information, check out the conservatory's website.

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