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Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory
Reviewed 18 July 2014

The Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory is a sizable 3,000-square-foot tropical habitat of tropical plants and trees for exotic tropical birds, butterflies, tortoises, lizards, fish, and frogs. Many species housed here are on endangered lists.

The approach up the walkway leads visitors past a lawn/garden area with a gazebo.

The entrance if through the gift shop. It is open daily from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

Admission prices are:
$12.00 - Adults
$9.50 - Children (11 & under
$9.50 - Seniors (65 & up
$9.50 - College Students with valid ID
Free - Infants - 18 months. & under
All prices are subject to 8% New York State Sales Tax.

From the gift shop, you step into a tropical world.

I thought that the layout was well thought-out and organized.

On my visit, a large Burmese Mountain Tortoise was walking up the cement ramp to the entrance/exit door perhaps trying to make a great escape. She was soon back where she belonged. She was eating her lunch that was a special formula packed with nutrients. It resembled mashed banana with peanut butter, but that’s not what it was. About 10 minutes later, a tiny tortoise was in the same place eating his lunch of the same formula in a tiny cup.

Walking around the conservatory, I saw a Zebra Striped Butterfly, a Blue Morpho, a Black and White Striped Moth, and a magnificent Chinese Red Capped Golden Pheasant, plus a Philippine Sailfin Dragon, a tree-dwelling lizard.

Words of caution:
It’s advisable to walk slowly around the conservatory because a lot of the free-roaming smaller lizards and birds are camouflaged in the plants and trees. It’s easy to scare them or have a close call in stepping on one of them.

The Blue Morphos are difficult to photograph as they flutter about almost incessantly.

There is also a seasonal café on the grounds.

This attraction is just as much for adults as it is for children. In fact, adults outnumbered children 5 to 1 during my visit.

The conservatory is wheelchair accessible.

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13  Thank Maurene_K
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Easy to find, however the parking lot is a bit misleading. It is surrounded by woods with no clear entrance to the building. We left once because I thought we were in the wrong place. If you park facing away from the road look for the small sign and sidewalk to the right. Adults were $12 and kids were $9.50 which seemed a bit expensive. It was smaller then expected. It could use a good cleaning. All that aside we did have a great visit. The plants are beautiful. Butterflies and birds fly around. Turtles roam the room. The young girl working in the room was awesome. She brought out a hedgehog and a salmander (I think). She was willing to answer questions and made the visit more enjoyable. All in all a great way to spend a few hours.

2  Thank Christy C
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We had planned on visiting the butterfly conservatory with family and friends and were very disappointed to find out they were not open. We re-checked the days and times and they clearly were supposed to be open Kids were disappointed as were the adults..If you advertise and have signs up giving times and dates then you should be open, otherwise change the signs so people don't arrive and then get disappointed.

2  Thank resin8ball
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

This conservancy is located right on Rte. 7 ( close to I-88 ) and is an easy drive from all points. Good value for the money. Allows you direct access to the beauty of live butterflies landing everywhere...including on you!

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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

Took family there who came from out of town. Staff was extremely rude! Bought a gift, realized it was busted so I tried to return it. Was told that I couldn't return it because we probably broke it. Worst service ever! Do not go!

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