Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale

4.3
#2 of 8 in Zoos & Aquariums in Arizona
Surround yourself with some of the world's most popular and colorful insects at Butterfly Wonderland, where you can get an up-close, interactive look at the winged wonders. Wander the rainforest-inspired pavilion--one of the largest in the country--and you'll see thousands of butterflies flitting around. If you're lucky, you may even have one land on you for a quick rest. Don't miss the emergence gallery, displaying chrysalises in the process of metamorphosis. In addition to butterflies, the center has several other types of residents. Stop by the honeybee exhibits to see a cross-sectioned, working hive of the industrious creatures, or marvel at exotic fish at the aquarium that features denizens of the Amazon River. Use our Scottsdale trip itinerary planner to visit Butterfly Wonderland on your trip to Scottsdale, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 14, 2017
    A trip for the whole Familie.Zu only is a 3D film about "the monarch" shown the from Texas to Mexico travel. Then enters a room in which the different stages of the pupal stage can be seen. Then comes the most beautiful a free flight Hall with hundreds of butterflies just just nice. Especially for children
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  • August 13, 2017
    We visited in a group of 3 adults, 2 12y.o. and a 5y.o. All of us enjoyed the experience! The place is not huge and overwhelming, but comfortable, informative and relaxing. We could've spend hours jus...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    The 3D video that they show prior to going in the butterfly habitat is really informative and helps you understand how neat they really are! It was a great experience, especially for my girlfriend. I ...  more »
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  • June 19, 2017
    We went here for my wife's birthday, she loved it. The 3d movie when you first come I'm is very educational and I couldn't believe how many varieties of butterflies they have. Totally with the price. There are usually coupons on their site as well. Not for little kids really , but it's nice if you have kids 7 or older maybe. We spent a few hours here and took a TON of pictures! Very fun.
  • June 20, 2017
    What a great place! I've been to another butterfly sanctuary and I didn't think this would be that much different. I was wrong - there were so many butterflies! They land all over you, your arms, your shirt, your pants, and one spent some time hanging out on my 5 month old baby's ear. It was really impressive from the very beginning. The 3D video was neat, seeing all the cocoons and chyrsalis, the pretty flowers, the coy pond, and seating areas were really nice and relaxing. Very impressive, I highly recommend you visit!
  • June 18, 2017
    We went to this aquarium with high expectations. We were well disappointed. It is overpriced for what it is. Customer service there sucked. The workers were very rude to us and almost every single worker had an attitude. Poor customer service. The only positive was the guys at the valet. Very respectful and quick to get the car. We will not return for another visit.
  • July 9, 2017
    Good little place for kids and adults. At most you can get 2 hours here. More than just butterfly's, they have a a small aquarium and reptile section as well. Cons The butterfly part is really hot and humid in the summer. I could not spend more than 30 min in there, as I needed to go inside to cool off.
  • July 8, 2017
    The butterflies were fantastic! The stinky toddlers were definitely the most abundant feature. I think the stench may have permanently penetrated the carpet. If you can manage to keep your nose plugged throughout your visit, it might end up being a pleasant experience. Also, the photo guy is a little aggressive. Imagine a used car dealership trying to shove you in front of a green screen, so you can get your photo transposed onto a butterfly-filled meadow. Awkward.

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