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Butterfly Pavilion

More than 1,600 butterflies free-fly around this attraction just a short drive northwest of Denver. 

Founded in 1995, the Butterfly Pavilion was the first non-profit, stand-alone insect zoo in the U.S. Wander through 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters) of tropical rainforest as thousands of butterflies of myriad colors, shapes and sizes flit around you. It’s a fun and entertaining way for the entire family to learn about conservation.

The Wings of the Tropics forest walk is one of six permanent exhibits alongside aquariums, insect displays and outdoor gardens. The rainforest is an impressive habitat and is kept warm and humid throughout the year. It’s the closest thing to a tropical holiday during the long winter in Colorado. About 600 to 1,000 butterflies are brought every week from butterfly farms throughout the world as part of the Butterfly Pavilion’s conservation efforts. The non-profit organization contributes over $80,000 a year to sustainable farming. 

Kids will love checking out the Crawl-A-See-’Em exhibit for close encounters of another kind with Rosie the tarantula, and other creepy crawlies. Rosie can even be patted and held, a safe thrill for little ones. 

Touch and admire sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers and more at the Water’s Edge aquarium. You’ll learn about dozens of fascinating creatures, including coral, shrimp and snails.

Head back outside to find the nature trails and gardens within the Butterfly Pavilion grounds. Native animals run wild along the half-mile (800-meter) walking trail. In summer it’s possible to spot prairie dogs, rabbits, herons and eagles. 

The Butterfly Pavilion is located in Westminster, about a 15-minute drive from downtown Denver. It’s open daily and can be busy with school students on weekdays September through May. Come after 1.30 p.m. during these times if you want to avoid the crowds. Snacks are available and there’s free parking.


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The Westin Westminster $114
The Westin Westminster

The Westin Westminster

10600 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster, CO
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Westminster hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 5-minute walk of Ice Centre At the Promenade and Butterfly Pavilion. 1stBank Center and Legacy Ridge Golf Course are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Springhill Suites By Marriott Denver Westminster $101
    Springhill Suites By Marriott Denver Westminster

    Springhill Suites By Marriott Denver Westminster

    6845 W 103rd Ave, Westminster, CO
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Conveniently near skiing facilities, this North Central Westminster hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Pavilion and 1stBank Center and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and skiing lessons. Flatiron Crossing and Denver Coliseum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Drury Inn & Suites Denver Westminster $110
      Drury Inn & Suites Denver Westminster

      Drury Inn & Suites Denver Westminster

      10393 Reed Street, Westminster, CO
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in North Central Westminster, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ice Centre At the Promenade and Butterfly Pavilion. 1stBank Center is 1.8 mi (2.8 km) away.

        Hyatt Place Denver/Westminster $104
        Hyatt Place Denver/Westminster

        Hyatt Place Denver/Westminster

        6865 West 103rd Avenue, Westminster, CO
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Conveniently near skiing facilities, this hotel in North Central Westminster is within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Pavilion and 1stBank Center and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing. Denver Coliseum and National Western Complex are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Quality Inn & Suites Westminster - Broomfield $84
          Quality Inn & Suites Westminster - Broomfield

          Quality Inn & Suites Westminster - Broomfield

          10179 Church Ranch Way, Westminster, CO
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in North Central Westminster, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ice Centre At the Promenade and Butterfly Pavilion. 1stBank Center is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

            Denver Marriott Westminster $125
            Denver Marriott Westminster

            Denver Marriott Westminster

            7000 Church Ranch Boulevard, Westminster, CO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located near the slopes, this North Central Westminster hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ice Centre At the Promenade and Butterfly Pavilion and close to winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snow tubing. 1stBank Center is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

              1-9 Guests-"sweet Home Co."
              1-9 Guests-"sweet Home Co."

              1-9 Guests-"sweet Home Co."

              Westminster, CO
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located near the slopes, this North Central Westminster vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ice Centre At the Promenade and Butterfly Pavilion and close to winter sports such as sledding. 1stBank Center is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

                Outdoor, Fun-trails, Open Space Living - Spacious
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                Outdoor, Fun-trails, Open Space Living - Spacious

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                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars