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Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale

4.3
#1 of 9 in Parks in Scottsdale
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • The most attractive aspect of the Butterfly Wonderland is the time spent in the butterfly garden with thousands of butterflies of all kinds. They land on you and fly around you. Some great photo ops w...  more »
  • Especially during the highest heat part of one's day in lovely Scottsdale, this nature wonderland is an awe inspiring destination. It is part of an enormous complex also featuring a dolphin park and s...  more »
  • Enjoyable stop. The short film was interesting. Then the quantity and variety of butterflies in the large exhibit area was breathtaking. Wear a brightly colored shirt & a few are sure to land on you a...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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