Butterfly Wonderland is the largest indoor butterfly conservatory in America. It is an engaging, interactive experience about the wonders of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures. Located conveniently off the 101 Freeway and Via de Ventura, as part of the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Destination, Butterfly Wonderland is a living, sensory experience.
Visitors are welcomed into a magnificent indoor conservatory that brings a tropical rainforest environment to the Arizona desert where thousands of butterflies fly freely amongst lush, tropical plants and flowers. Some of the fascinating species include the beautiful Blue Morpho in brilliant color; the Scarlet Mormon in bold red; and the Julia, with bright orange wings.
This serene environment is also home to tropical finches that hail from exotic regions of the world, as well as more familiar feathered friends like Button Quail, that are native to the desert. The Conservatory also features a central koi pond, flowing waterfall, and seating areas where, if guests sit patiently, a butterfly may stop on their shoulder to rest their wings. Butterfly Wonderland provides an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world and learn about its splendors in a tangible and engaging way.
Interactive Exhibits at Butterfly Wonderland
There are also interactive exhibits including a Butterfly Emergence Gallery showcasing live chrysalis as they emerge naturally into beautiful butterflies; a 3D movie theater featuring the film, “Flight of the Butterflies” about the Monarch migration; a Spineless Giants exhibit highlighting spiders and scorpions as well as the largest species of moths and butterflies.
The onsite Café provides a selection of sweet or savory snacks and beverages while the Gift Shop offers a wide selection of special gifts, books, souvenirs, apparel, jewelry stuffed animals, toys and one-of-a-kind finds for nature lovers.
Butterfly Wonderland has also introduced a new Rainforest Reptile exhibit, the largest expansion since its opening in 2013. The “welcome wall” introduces guests to interesting facts about the rainforest’s eco-system including how reptiles interact in the rainforest with the butterflies. Video monitors boast beautiful imagery & educational information about each species. Guests then follow a path to 12 large exhibits, each custom-designed to depict the natural environment of the reptiles and amphibians that hail from the world’s most exotic locales displaying Poison Dart Frogs, the Mata Mata Turtle; the Green Tree Lizard; Peacock Tree Frogs; the Asian Water Dragon; the White-eyed Crocodile; Giant Leaf Tail Gecko; and many more. A variety of interactive activities allow guests to become educated in an up-close-and-personal way. There also Animal Talk presentations where guests can marvel as dart frogs zap ants with their tongues and other animal feedings.
Butterfly Wonderland is open daily from 9:00am-6:00pm. Cameras and photographers are welcome. Butterfly Wonderland is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura in Scottsdale, Arizona 85256 within the OdySea in the Desert Entertainment Destination at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
For more information, call 480-800-3000 or visit the website at www.butterflywonderland.com.
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