Florida Attractions: Butterfly World - It's Way More Than Just Butterflies!

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Welcome to Butterfly World
Welcome to Butterfly World
Welcome to Butterfly World

If you’re looking for something to do in the South Florida, Ft. Lauderdale area that will take about half a day, check out tropical Butterfly World, the world’s largest butterfly park.  It's located in Coconut Creek, which is in about 30 minutes from downtown Fort Lauderdale.  There are six aviaries filled with ten thousand live butterflies, as well as free-flying birds.  When you enter, it’s like being in a spectacular tropical rain forest, complete with a mist-filled cave (watch your camera!) and a cascading waterfall.

It’s easy to navigate your way through and most people enjoy this park following their own self guided tour.  Come along with me on mine! 

Tip:  If you’re planning to visit Butterfly World, make sure you do it on a clear, sunny day because the butterflies only fly around when it’s sunny! 

Stop 1: Laboratory

Witness the miracle of metamorphosis through the glass – you can see butterfly eggs and larvae at different stages of growth in there and it’s pretty cool!  Butterfly World has raised over one million butterflies! 

Stop 2: Paradise Adventure Aviary

Walk through this main butterfly area and thrill to the sights of thousands of butterflies flying all around you – this area is fantastic for being able to watch butterflies in their natural habitat as they fly, feed and bask in the sun.  Watch out because they may be landing on you at some point!  It’s a really fun feeling to walk through there with all these beautiful, colorful wings flapping all around you – makes you want to giggle and dance around!  Well, that’s how it made me feel, anyway… 

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she tried sooo hard to get one to land on her finger!Can you find the butterfly here?  Talk about excellent camo!We stopped by for a visit the other day - She had no idea that this blue morpho butterfly was "attached" to her butt! Big sister set it free.
she tried sooo hard to get one to land on her finger!
she tried sooo hard to get one to land on her finger!
Can you find the butterfly here?  Talk about excellent camo!
Can you find the butterfly here? Talk about excellent camo!
We stopped by for a visit the other day - She had no idea that this blue morpho butterfly was "attached" to her butt!
We stopped by for a visit the other day - She had no idea that this blue morpho butterfly was "attached" to her butt!
Big sister set it free.
Big sister set it free.

Stop 3: Hanging Garden & Butterfly Emerging Area

This “hallway” has flower-filled hanging baskets on one side and butterfly pupa emerging from cases on the other side.  You are actually able to witness the metamorphosis as new butterflies emerge every day.  There are plants there that are so sensitive to touch that they close when you touch them! 

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Stop 4: Tropical Rain Forest

Thousands of exotic butterflies and free-flying birds soar in this area that mimics a real rain forest.  Walk several pathways leading to a cave and a waterfall.  As I said above, watch your camera because you are subject to experiencing “showers” in this area from misters. 

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Stop 5: Grace Gardens

Walk along the tiny lake and enjoy the beautifully blooming botanical gardens, showcasing some of the most spectacular tropical flowers in the world.  This area has many wild butterflies, as they’re attracted to the nectar that many of the plants here have. 

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Stop 6: Wings of the World in the Secret Garden

See Streamertail Hummingbirds from Jamaica and listen to the wonderful song of the Sun Birds of Africa – these birds cannot be seen anywhere else outside of their native countries.  There’s a vine-covered maze, the Secret Garden, which houses one of the largest collections of flowering Passionvines and Dutchmen’s Pipevines in the world.  Beyond the Secret Garden are a lovely gazebo and several tables and chairs where you can take a break or sit down and eat a snack or meal.  Of course, snacks and fast food-type meal foods are sold there (we always pack our lunch when we go). 

Stop 7: English Rose Garden

This small area has about 20 different varieties of beautifully fragranced roses that bloom year-round.

rose garden
rose garden

Stop 8: Lorikeet Encounter

Lorikeets are considered the clown of the bird world and here you are able to feed them right out of your hand for $1 and.

If you’re lucky, or not-so lucky, these beautiful rainbow-feathered birds will land on you, too! Not really my cup of tea, but the kids love it…

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Lorikeet EncounterLorikeet
Lorikeet Encounter
Lorikeet Encounter
Lorikeet
Lorikeet

Stop 9: Tinalandia Suspension Bridge & Jewels of the Sky Aviary

The swinging suspension bridge spans the small lake and is a lot of fun to walk across, especially for the kids, who can easily make the bridge bounce and sway.  Across the bridge you’ll find the entertaining Macaws and then you can enter into the world of hummingbirds in a flower-filled habitat.  There are several other varieties of tiny, colorful birds here, too. 

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suspension bridgemacaws grooming each otherhummingbirdbeautiful, tiny bird - don't know what it is, though!
suspension bridge
suspension bridge
macaws grooming each other
macaws grooming each other
hummingbird
hummingbird
beautiful, tiny bird - don't know what it is, though!
beautiful, tiny bird - don't know what it is, though!

Stop 10: Museum, Insectarium & Live “Bug Zoo”

Inside this small area you will find an amazing collection of insects, butterflies, and moths from around the world encased in large acrylic showcases.  The blue morpho butterfly is beautiful!  From here, through a set of doors you enter the Bug Zoo, where you can see cockroaches the size of your hand (well, almost), scorpions, tarantulas, giant millipedes, beetles, black widows and brown recluses.  The kids always find the Bug Zoo fascinating.  I have a problem with insects, so I try and make this part as quick as possible! 

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MuseumBeautiful MorphosThese moths have 9 inch tongues!!Eeek!  Giant cockroaches!This picture is not very good, but I had to include it here because of its name: Bird-Eating Spider!!!  It was about the size of my hand or slightly larger!
Museum
Museum
Beautiful Morphos
Beautiful Morphos
These moths have 9 inch tongues!!
These moths have 9 inch tongues!!
Eeek!  Giant cockroaches!
Eeek! Giant cockroaches!
This picture is not very good, but I had to include it here because of its name: Bird-Eating Spider!!!  It was about the size of my hand or slightly larger!
This picture is not very good, but I had to include it here because of its name: Bird-Eating Spider!!! It was about the size of my hand or slightly larger!

Stop 11: Butterfly Gardening Plant Shop

You can start your own butterfly garden at home with plants for sale here; they stock all of the hard to find species that can turn your yard into a butterfly paradise.  They also sell seeds for many plants in the gift shop.

Next to the plant shop is a second snack area covered with a canopy – nice place to stop and cool off and get out of the sun for a few minutes.  From here, enter the air-conditioned gift shop, pick yourself up some Butterfly World paraphernalia and head home, or to your hotel – wherever you came from! 

My personal beautiful butterflies!
My personal beautiful butterflies!

If you can't make it to Butterfly World in Florida...

...you can still enjoy the beauty of butterflies and other insect wonders from nature in your very own home!  Take a look at the following bestselling products from the one and only leader in at home butterfly habitats, Insect Lore.  By the way, these make terrific gifts for kids.  See more live butterfly garden and habitats here.

© 2010 Lily Rose

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sheila b. 6 years ago

I'd never heard of Butterfly World, and so glad to have read your descriptions and looked at your photos. I hope many people read this and go there.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for your lovely hub. It must have been areal experience.


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks for visiting - yes, it was an experience. We've been there several times now and it's wonderful every time!


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Leandraluv 6 years ago from Macae, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Hey thanks for sharing. I will be there in about 2 weeks so now I have something new to do! Thanks. I also think the Everglades National Park sounds very interesting!


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Glad I could help with your plans - have a great trip, Leandra!


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Oh how beautiful! We have a butterfly world that comes to our zoo every summer. It's so much fun... They land on us and we have to stand like statues until they move. Then they brush you off at the door to make sure they're not stuck on you anywhere. They really are mesmerizing to me. Great hub!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Butterfly world sounds great. We go to St. Martin every year and they have a butterfly farm that is quite amazing. Florida is closer for us, so this may be a great thing to do with our grandchildren. Thanks so much.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

My grands would love this place!


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

What a beautiful place. I loved looking at your pictures. My kids would love this. Thank you for sharing.


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stephensaldana 6 years ago from Chicago

How beautiful.. thats amazing pictures... Girls love butterflies so do men do :P Florida is a very nice place, i have been there time and again.. good hub.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Very refreshing & beautiful hub! I bet this place is great!


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks everyone for the great comments! This is one of our favorite places to go - it's beautiful and a great way to occupy a day with the kids; we get annual passes every year.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

We have the Cockrell Butterfly Center attached to our Natural Science Museum here in Houston where butterflies emerge and fly free in a humid (waterfall included) glassed-in environment. Sounds similar with the exception that the grounds of Butterfly World in Florida encompass even more from your wonderful description. Thanks for introducing us to this great attraction. Your photos are beautiful!


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I'm from Florida and I had no idea this was here. Thank you for the education. One thing, though: I am surprised that the free flying birds don't eat the butterflies. :-)


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Well, you learn something new every day, right?! The birds are mostly tiny ones; the larger ones like the lorikeets are separated from where the majority of the butterflies are. If you ever make it down this way, I highly recommend it.

I'm heading up to your neck of the woods next week, James - Orlando, right? Going to visit Disney World with my girls.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Have Fun at Disney! I am working in Michigan or I'd invite your whole family over for lunch. :-)


TheDisneyVacation 6 years ago

It would be fun to watch the Laboratory. It should be a magical to see the transformation of pupae to butterfly.


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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Butterfly world looks amazing - my kids would love to visit some day. Great photographs and descriptions!


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Lily Rose 6 years ago from East Coast Author

Thanks, Steph! It truly is amazing and so worth purchasing the annual passes each year!


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Miss Paula 5 years ago

I never heard of butterfly world,and we have been to Florida may times,it looks beautiful. Thanks for the great pictures.


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Lily Rose 5 years ago from East Coast Author

Miss Paula ~ I have heard that from many people, even some who live here! It's truly a "hidden" gem and one of our favorite places to go to over and over and over again. Thanks for your comment; I hope you make it to Butterfly World the next time you're in Florida.

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