Who doesn’t like butterflies? I know most of us find this ‘flutter-by’ bug graceful and beautiful.
We went to the Cockrell Butterly Center in Houston, TX and had so much fun! You get to walk through a living butterfly habitat. My kids loved it all…”insects and us” section where they could learn about how to take care of them and what all the people who work there do [bonus: they totally had fun quizzes & games to test your buggery brain]…the “land of bee-yond” where you can read or play in what is painted to look like one big beehive…and the waterfall conservatory which was amazing. The conservatory was by far the kids favorite. It has a 50 foot waterfall and all kinds of tropical plants – not to mention the hundreds of butterflies.
You aren’t allowed to touch the butterflies, but if they land on you then you can let them linger awhile. Lucky for us the butterflies were super friendly the day we went and my daughter was in heaven. She had one land on her elbow and she stood so still for a very long time just so she could look at it a little longer.
The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and offered to take the time to teach us about what they were doing and why. As you enter the conservatory they also have charts for you to carry while going through so you can identify the different species. There were folks and kids of all ages enjoying the view.
The prices are reasonable for a family. We are a family of four and it cost us just over $30 bucks. The museum is also next to a Planetarium, an IMAX theater, and other cool exhibits. At the end they have a vending machine with ‘munchies’ and you know we had to hit that, so we got some cheddar cheese larvets. Let’s just say they weren’t my favorite! It’s not like one can enjoy the taste when the crunch is . . . well like eating a bug! I now feel as if those things are having a cheddar party in my stomach and I fear they may never leave! At any rate it was a **4** star family activity and I’m sure we’ll be going again in the future.
If you are interested in going here’s the 411:
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm (last entry at 4 pm)