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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