We had the coolest experience when we were in Arizona and I am so excited to share it with you guys today! Last weekend, my sister wanted to find something new and fun for us all to do. One of her friends suggested Butterfly Wonderland and we thought why not! Butterfly Wonderland is in Scottsdale, AZ and features an indoor rainforest experience with the largest butterfly pavilion in the US.
Not going to lie … tickets were pricey ($18.95 for adults, $16.95 for military/seniors, and $9.95 for children ages 3-11) but honestly? It is worth it. Our experience started with a 3D movie about the Monarch butterfly which was unreal. The distances those little beauties travel is insane! After that, we went into the butterfly emergence gallery which showcased the metamorphic process etc. From there, the real adventure began.
We were led into a small room before entering the pavilion where some safety tips were discussed. First, you have to watch where you step in the pavilion because the butterflies like to warm themselves on the concrete. Second, don’t touch the butterflies. Butterflies taste with their feet and are really delicate. It was ok if they landed on you though. From there, we were off!
Butterfly Wonderland adds 2,000 new butterflies to the exhibit every single week. This was immediately obvious with the hundreds of butterflies flying everywhere. Everywhere you looked there were more! Em wasn’t sure what she thought at first and stuck close to her Mimi. Within seconds of being in the pavilion my nephew Thomas had a butterfly land on him. There were so many different kinds of varying sizes and colors. It was kind of overwhelming!
Pretty soon Em warmed up to the experience and started pointing out the butterflies and checking out the flowers. Due to the pavilion being a rainforest environment, it was pretty hot and humid. We were all pretty sweaty by the end!
Beyond the butterfly pavilion, there is also a small cafe, live ant colony, honeybee hive, and rivers of the Amazon aquatic exhibit. There was so many informational and fun things to check out. My mom thinks that this is going to be a HUGE 2nd grade field-trip destination once everyone hears about it. Butterfly Wonderland just opened in May so it is still relatively new to the valley.
If you’re visiting Phoenix and live there, I highly recommend checking it out. We had kids aged 2-13 with us and everyone had a blast. The adults too! It was a unique and fun experience for everyone.
What is a cool local experience you have had?