Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster, Colorado

A few days before we left Colorado, Aundrea and Andrew suggested that we all stop into the Butterfly Pavilion. It’s a neat place, great for kids, where you can see all kinds of insects up close, hold a tarantula in your very own hands, gently pet a few objects of sea life like starfish and horseshoe crabs and see all kinds of butterflies. We were lucky to be on time to watch one of the two daily butterfly releases. A speaker comes out with a small cage of butterflies, picks them out individually (by their wings, which surprised me because I thought you were never to touch a butterfly’s wings), gives a short educational lecture and releases them to fly away freely in the tropical conservatory, which is like a plant-filled rainforest-like room.

It was neat to walk around slowly looking for butterflies hidden amid the foliage, or see them flutter by high above. Sadly, I saw several butterflies with torn wings, due careless children, despite the warnings of the speaker. David’s dad mentioned that the place was showing its age, which is true, but I still found it to be a worthwhile and unique experience.

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3 Responses to “Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster, Colorado”


  1. 1 David January 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

    That last picture is a funny looking butterfly. =)

  2. 2 undercanopy January 8, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Sounds like you had quite an enriching experience. Very neat photos! 🙂

  3. 3 pricklypearbloom January 8, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Haha, David, that IS a funny looking butterfly!

    I really like when our botanical garden has their butterfly exhibition, which sounds similar.


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