Viceroy Butterfly © PiccoloNamek
The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is billed as a trip to paradise, and a walk through the tropical wonderland filled with free-flying butterflies and colourful birds is certainly a magical experience. The conservatory is home to nearly 60 species of butterfly and 20 different species of birds, all contained in climate-controlled glass habitats with lovely features like waterfalls and a variety of flowering plants. In the Learning Center, visitors can explore the butterfly anatomy, physiology, lifecycle, feeding and migratory world of the Monarch, and get an up-close view of live caterpillars. There is also a gallery showcasing butterfly art and a gift shop selling some fun souvenirs.