Butterfly Pavilion Westminster
Hello April! We woke up to blue skies and crisp air on Friday, and decided to kiss April "good morning," with a trip up north to the Butterfly Pavilion. I had never been there! I totally used husband's spring break to explore our own back yard a bit as a family.
Last Monday, we headed south to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and THAT was an incredible day!
I have to say that it really wasn't worth the commute, or fees to enter in my opinion and was sort of a bummer. We couldn't get around easily inside without school kids bumping into us everywhere. I still don't understand why museums and attractions don't create designated school tour days/times! It is very frustrating when there isn't enough parking or room enough to easily walk and enjoy these establishments when there's a throng of yellow tee-shirted first graders in your way. Sorry. I try to be very honest in this space, and this is just my opinion.
We were somewhat disappointed with the overall experience, however you couldn't tell one bit by looking at the photos. We did spot a couple turtles which was neat, and we saw some pretty butterflies, but overall I think the 35-40 minute commute and $22 entrance fees for us just wasn't justified.
Hope this helps those of you who may be considering a trip up there with littles. Perhaps the experience is more enjoyable for older children. We did NOT dare take our stroller in for Arlo, and I would also recommend to you that this is NOT the venue for strollers. I would recommend using a carrier if need be. There just isn't the space to stroll.
They were also very strict about food and beverages, rightfully so, however with kiddos under age three who request snacks or water, this could be a battle you don't want to deal with. Also, the accessibility to potties for those potty training; just note that we had to completely leave the butterfly pavilion area, de-butterfly, to find a restroom and re-enter. Not very convenient, again, for the littles, but we managed.
I sound like a terrible whiner. Sorry! It's just that when you DO happen to have two under age three, and you DO pack up and dare to drive further than 20 minutes for something, you hope for a little more wow factor. We just didn't get that. Remy had a few smiles and giggles, mostly chasing each other around, when they found an opening through the crowds. Arlo enjoyed the texture on some foliage she found and was in awe of the butterflies. I think the girls enjoyed their time.
One last point, the only lunch area we saw was a picnic table area outdoors, so keep the weather in mind. It did look like they had an outdoor area that might be really pretty to check out in the summer.
Have you ever been? What are your thoughts?