The Butterfly Estates is an Ultra-Experience "Where Dreams Take Flight" in the Downtown Fort Myers River District. We are home to several businesses:
Florida Native Butterfly Society is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to protect and raise Florida Native Butterfly species through education, preservation and creating butterfly habitats.
The educational facility provides the appropriate programs and involves research projects that are helping butterfly populations flourish throughout our state!
The 3,614 sq. foot glass butterfly conservatory hosts a variety of Florida native butterfly species. Their extensive breeding program allows visitors to experience the various stages of the butterfly's metamorphosis in a "hands on" natural park atmosphere.
Tickets are purchased in the Gift Shoppe where you can shop and explore nature for yourself, a gift or just because. They have a wide arrangement of Nature's Bounty.
The Gathering Place a locally-owned restaurant serving breakfast and lunch, with a flair of authentic Belizean flavors. Their signature Cuban sandwich is really what put them on the map, along with homemade, unique desserts that are sure to please your taste buds. This location also features unusual wine cocktails, local craft beers and other tasty adult beverages. Their goal is to make you feel as if you went home for a meal where everybody is family.
PJ Boox Downtown is stocked with local-self published authors, many who are award winners. Come out and support the local talent we have in the area. Who knows, you might have visited some of the places you are reading about.
So make your visit to The Beaches of Sanibel & Fort Myers memorable by stopping by and see us. We can't wait to meet you and share a portion of our life in the sunshine state with you.
General Information: Open Year-Round
Suitable for Ages: All Ages
Time To Experience Activity: 2 - 3 Hours
Hours: Florida Native Butterfly Society Conservatory 10 AM - 3 PM, Mother Natures Gift Shop 10 AM - 3 PM, The Gathering Place Tue - Sat 8 AM - 3 PM, Sunday 10 AM - 3 PM
Dates Closed: Major Holidays
Closest Airport: Southwest Florida International Airport
Driving Time to Nearby Lodging: 5 minutes
Distance from Public Transportation: 3 Blocks
Disabled Traveler Information: ADA Compliant, Disabled Accessible, Handicapped Parking
Guest Information: Children Allowed, Family Friendly
Pet Types Allowed: Yes
Activities: Children's Programs
Facility Amenities: Bus Parking, Concessions, Food/Beverage Service, Gift Shop, Meeting Facilities, Parking, Restaurant
Information/Services: Area Information, Brochures, Maps, Wireless (Wi-Fi)
Shopping Type: Gifts
Category: Historic Attraction, Nature Interpretive Center, Protected Species Habitat
Tour Information: Customized Tours, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours
Seating Capacity: 30 Inside, 50 Outside, 40 Wine Garden
Cuisine Served: American, Barbecue, Floribbean
Dining Type: Casual Dining
Meals Served: Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant Features: Carry Out, Catering, Children's Menu, Individual Checks, Outdoor Dining, Smoke-Free, Smoking Area, Wine/Beer Only
Restaurant Type: Cafe
Category: Meeting/Tour Groups Welcome
Wedding Services: Wedding/Reception Venues
Discounts: Florida Resident Discount,Group Discount,Local Resident Discount,Military Discount,Senior Citizen Discount,Student Discount