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Aug 21

Butterfly Pavilion- Westminster Colorado

MonarchThe Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster Colorado which is suburb of Denver is a wonderful place to spend an hour or two watching hundreds of butterflies and other creepy crawlies.  It is a little bigger than an insect house at a large zoo, so if you have an insect house or butterfly house at your local zoo you might want to skip this place.  If you do not have a nice butterfly house at your zoo then this place is definitely worth checking out.  Also if you are any sort of a photographer and like taking pictures of butterflies it does not get much better than this.Giant Moth

The highlight of this place is their Wings of the Tropics, which is an indoor rainforest that according to them contains over a 1,000 butterflies.  We cannot confirm that number, all we can say is that we saw lots of butterflies everywhere we looked.  Besides the beautiful greenery and the dazzling butterflies it also had a window that displayed all the different stages of larva, pupa and chrysalis, and Karen and I were lucky enough to see one break out and start to dry its wings. Butterfly House

The Butterfly Pavilion also has a half-mile nature trail that is home to prairie dogs and rabbits along with native insects.  Karen and I did not take the trail for a couple of reasons.  The first was that we did not know see any signs about it, which does not mean a whole lot because one day I spent 10 minutes looking for my cell phone and was just sitting right on top of our coffee table.  The second reason was we had already driven up from Colorado Springs and had stopped at two other areas that day Wings over the Rockies, and the Denver Botanical Garden so we were already pretty worn out.  I wish would have taken the walk while we were there so we could give a better review, but I guess there is always next time. Praying Mantis

One of Karen’s favorite thing was the Crawl-A-See-Em exhibit.  This area had several different size of aquariums that housed a variety of insects and arachnids.  It was fun trying to spot the leaf insects and see several different types of tarantulas behind glass.  My wife, being a braver person then I, even held a Chilean Rose Hair tarantula named Rosie.  Anybody who was brave enough to hold the spider got a sticker they could wear proudly and Karen wore hers with pride!Karen Holding Hands with Rosie

The low point in the trip was their Water’s Edge display.  It was basically a couple of small touch tanks were you can touch sea stars and horseshoe crabs.  The tanks were a little small and if there are already a few people there then your only option is sit and wait or just move on.  The good news is that they are in the process of redesigning it and the new Water’s Edge exhibit will have a 360 degree coral reef.  According to their website the coral reef tank will be ready for its debut in September of 2011. Touch Pool

The Butterfly Pavilion is a little small but very nice.  If your local zoo has a fantastic butterfly house like the St. Louis Zoo then you might want to skip it.  If that does not apply to you then this place is a great opportunity to see so many wonderful butterflies in one location.  My wife loved it and I am sure the next time we are in the Denver location we will be stopping by once again.  Butterfly

Butterfly Pavilion
Located at 6252 W. 104th Ave Westminster
Hours of Operation – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. year round last admission is at 4:15 p.m. closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost of Admission as of 2011 Adults $8.50 if you are from Westminster $6.50 Seniors 65 and over $6.50 and children 2 through 12 are $5.50
For more information visit their website at http://www.butterflies.org/Butterfly Pavilion Sign

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  1. freda phillips

    Butterflies and Hummingbirds are two of my favorite flying things. (oh, and also Red birds.) They are so pretty as they flit about. Maybe you can get some hummingbird pictures at your house or mine sometime.

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