We’ve all had the experience of either sitting on a park bench and watching a butterfly gracefully flutter by or even tried catching butterflies with a net to take home as a pet as a kid. Most of us has imagined at one time or another what life would be like if we were a butterfly. Life would seem so much easier. I’d flitter around without a care in the world. They are so peaceful and majestic looking creatures and their beautiful patterns are so awe inspiring. Wouldn’t you just love having butterflies surround you and watch their true beauty? Well you can!
Butterfly Wonderland is located in the wonderful city of Scottsdale in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and is a one of a kind experience. This Wonderland is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America, featuring more than 3,000 butterflies. This spectacular building includes an amazing glass atrium that provides the ideal tropical rainforest habitat where thousands of butterflies from all over the world can fly around freely.
All the beauty inside from the flowers, trees and plants are all chosen specifically for the species of butterflies flying within. What’s even more amazing is that you’ll see honey bees in action making honey as they also keep all those beautiful flowers around the Butterfly atrium pollinated.
Once you step inside the Wonderland, you can be inches away from experiencing live chrysalis as they emerge into beautiful butterflies and start their new adventure flying around the atrium. You’ll also be able to learn the amazing transformation process as a caterpillar turns into chrysalis and then into a beautiful butterfly.
The Wonderland also includes a state of the art theater which displays an educational 3D showing such as “Flight of the Butterflies”. During this 3D show you will feel as if butterflies are flying out of screen and all around you.
There are also interactive nature exhibits such as “Rivers of the Amazon” for the kids. Here you’ll be able to see underwater creatures from the Amazon such as African Cichlids, Pacu fish, and other exotic fish. You will also have the opportunity to touch and meet a variety of stingrays.
Lastly, they have an exhibit where you are able to explore all the desert insects that are all over Arizona. A few of these include scorpions, spiders, walking sticks, and many other unique creatures.
On your way out, don’t forget to check out all the wonderful butterfly treasures that gift shop has to offer or grab a bite to eat at the café as you all talk about all your favorite things about the atrium.
So whether you are a local to Scottsdale, passing through, or looking to plan a vacation, be sure to put the Butterfly Wonderland on your list of things to do because it is truly an amazing experience for everyone of all ages. Be sure not to forget your camera as you’ll be able to capture such beautiful pictures of nature that will surround you.