Come to join the party crowd, watch ocean sunsets, and take in historical sites, then head offshore to see the Gulf of Mexico’s castaway islands and mangroves. Read on for our top tips for making the most of 3 days in Key West.
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
1361 Duval Street, Key West, Florida, 33040
Birds and butterflies in rainbow colors are the main draw at the conservatory, but kid-friendly exhibits and a butterfly-themed art gallery are a big hit with visiting families. Since the garden is climate-controlled, it’s a comfortable place to visit in any weather. This is a featured stop on some tours of Key West, and it’s included on the routes of some hop-on, hop-off buses and the trolley.
Things to know before you go
- Plan to bring layered clothing, as it’s always balmy in the butterfly conservatory.
- This is a great stop for families with kids. Visit the learning center to watch a short film explaining metamorphosis.
- The conservatory is wheelchair accessible. Strollers are allowed inside the gallery and shop, but not the conservatory.
How to get there
The conservatory is located at 1361 Duval Street, close to the Southernmost Point, a Key West landmark. A limited number of free parking spaces are available behind the building on a first-come, first-served basis. The free Duval Loop bus stops at the corner of United Street and Duval street, half a block from the conservatory.
When to get there
Open daily, but closing early on Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November), Christmas Eve (December 24), and Christmas Day (December 25), this is a year-round attraction. Since different species of butterflies are active at different times of day, there’s always something to see fluttering around. The final admission to the site is 30 minutes prior to closing, but it’s worth allotting at least an hour to experience all the exhibits.
Where to See Wildlife in Key West
From sea birds to manatees, there’s plenty of wildlife in the Florida Keys. On a boat cruise from Key West, you might see dolphins, whales, and manatees. For a closer look, choose between snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass-bottom boat trips to nearby coral reefs that are home to a wide range of tropical fish. Another option is a deep-sea fishing tour; experienced anglers in Key West haul in mahi-mahi, blackfin tuna, and sailfish.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory?
What else should I know about attractions in Key West?
- Southernmost Point of the Continental USA
- Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum
- Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
- Basilica of Saint Mary Star of the Sea
- Duval Street
- Fort Zachary Taylor
- Key West Cemetery
- Edward B. Knight Pier
- St. Paul's Key West Episcopal Church
- Hard Rock Cafe Key West
- Harry S. Truman Little White House
- Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
- Key West Aquarium
- Key West Shipwreck Treasure Museum
- Ripley's Believe It or Not! Key West Museum