When I first stepped into Paxton Gate, I thought I was transported into a wonderland of taxidermied bugs and unusual plants, and well...I was. Since then I go in at least once a month to see what new taxidermy they have in. Mind you this is the classy and unusual stuff. We're talkin' beautiful butterlies, gigantic beetles, and exotic insects from farway places. Plus add a touch of whimsy like taxidermied mice dressed as punk rockers, a wedding couple and the forever selling out Christmas angel ornaments. If you prefer something living, they have the best selection of both carnivorous plants (pitcher plants, Venus Flytraps), air plants of all sizes and a gorgeous selection of unique orchid hybrids.
Even if you don't want to get out your wallet, it's a fun place to browse as though you're going to a very small but entertaining Natural History Museum -- with no entry fee!