One of nature's most beautiful and delicate creatures is the flossy-winged butterfly. You can spot them in tall flowering grasses or trumpeter flower bushes in the wild if you're lucky. But if you want to guarantee some sightings for your whole family, visiting the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale is the way to go. Butterfly Wonderland is the largest indoor butterfly pavilion in America, so you’re guaranteed to see hundreds – even thousands – of these fluttering beauties. They house over 3,000 butterflies from around the world, with lush flowers, trees, and other plants where butterflies love to land long enough for a snapshot.
Take a walk through the emergence gallery—also the largest in the country— where you’ll be just inches away from living chrysalis and birthing butterflies. See honey bees in action within the Conservatory. If you’re lucky, you’ll see them creating their honey and pollinating the plants around Butterfly Wonderland. You may even catch a glimpse of the queen. Meet millipedes, walking sticks, moths, and other interesting insects throughout the whole park. Or take in a 3D film at the theater. The “Flight of the Butterflies” is a colorful and educational 15-minute film the whole family can enjoy. You can also visit reptiles and amphibians in the rainforest exhibit. See African cichlid and Amazon Pacu fish—among others—in the Amazon aquarium exhibit.
You can purchase gifts at the gift shop or find a snack at the café. And for the daring, you can even try eating chips made with cricket protein, chocolate-covered ants, coconut brittle mealworms, or scorpion lollipops from the Edible Insects Station.