Butterfly Wonderland
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Kim
Boston, MA48 contributions
May 2021
While visiting Arizona, I spent a weekend in Scottsdale to experience some attractions at the Arizona Boardwalk. The Butterfly Garden was our first stop.

The attraction limits how many people can be in at one time. During the pandemic era, masks are required inside this attraction.

We started by entering a theatre - one seat must be left open between family pods. Not exactly 6 feet of distance, but masks are required, so the risk is still low.

We viewed a 14 minute 3D movie about the life cycle of the butterfly. It was really cool. My 6 year old daughter loves butterflies and loved this film. The 3D features are not scary at all - they're just butterflies that make you want to reach out and touch them.

After the video, we were ushered into the butterfly conservatory. It is hot (there are fans). But the butterflies are everywhere. Tons of them. One of them landed on my mom and hung out with her for a bit as we moved around the conservatory.

You are not allowed to touch the butterflies or try to catch them, but if they land on you, congrats! It's an awesome photo op! There are butterflies of all shapes and sizes here, and of many gorgeous colors. There are benches everywhere to sit and watch them flutter, wait for them to come land on you.

After the conservatory, you'll find a mini aquarium! Surprise! You'll find some gorgeous fish here local to the AZ lakes and rivers, as well as a dwarf caiman! There are also some tiny beautiful colored frogs, turtles, snakes, and other reptiles. You'll even find a few insect and arachnid species, including a tarantula.

All in all, this was a fantastic experience, and I highly recommend - especially for kids and butterfly lovers alike.
Written May 11, 2021
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donna s
12 contributions
Oct 2021
Wanted to just be somewhere we could enjoy our grandson and talk. So went here. Brochure said wear bright colors if you want butterflies to land on you! He was in black shirt and huge blue butterfly landed on him first thing and visited him for 5 minutes. Was a beautiful place to sit quietly and visit while watching the butterfly s. So many varieties. The koi pond was fascinating too! I caught a glimpse and then spent a significant amount of time locating the green butterfly back amongst the greenery. Wonderful place to visit and we had a wonderful visit with our young man!
Written November 17, 2021
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lost_bobcat
Newberg, OR556 contributions
Feb 2022
Great 14 minute film, followed by a huge solarium with hundreds of butterflys they have imported from all over. Very warm inside. There is another museum with cool stuff like sharks, reptiles that is worth seeing as well, that and a gift shop for $25 per adult, about an hour or so. There are other experiences for more addons that we did not try out. There is a area with shops and food/restaurants like an outdoor mall in a loop for two floors. Hard to get a good Uber pickup place. Tell the driver where to pick you up
Written February 8, 2022
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sdalfen
Glen Rock, NJ31 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
How does this place have such phenomenal reviews?? It's just OK. It is also insanely overpriced. $30 a person for essentially a room with butterflies. This should have been $10.

Based on the price I thought this was going to be many different rooms with different ecosystems of butterflies (i.e. an Amazon room with Amazon butterflies, or a southeast Asian room with butterflies from that location), but nope! Just one room with butterflies.

Don't get me wrong, the room was very whimsical and the staff were great, but please don't spend $30 on a room.

They threw in a tiny room with some reptiles and another tiny room with some fish...the aquarium next door will cover the fish and the zoo will cover the reptiles, don't waste your money here.
Written April 29, 2022
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davidfromwashington
Seattle, WA73 contributions
Apr 2022
We had a great time here, mostly, it's a nice little space with a koi pond even, however when you look at the butterflies many of them had wings in tatters, we think because so many people were trying to catch and/or handle them despite being told not to when entering the place. Lots of them were kids, of course, and kids are going to be kids, but then the parents or staff should step in and explain that handling a butterfly will damage it. A staff member did mention this when you enter, but beyond that nothing was said or done. One parent was even trying to catch a butterfly while her kids watched. It's part of an unfortunate notion among human beings that the natural world is just a playground for our entertainment. The ragged butterflies were a sad note to an otherwise beautiful experience. It's a real shame.
Written May 2, 2022
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VoixDuChocolat
Walla Walla, WA112 contributions
Oct 2022
The butterflies that have hatched have a very nice, spacious environment (those still pupating are kept in controlled temperature and humidity to encourage hatching, and that makes for an interesting display). Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for all of the residents here. When you first enter, you see two displays containing four tropical birds each. The birds can fly within the cages, but only for a few feet in any direction. There's just not enough room for them, and that was sad to see. I did like the fact that there were also arthropods, reptiles, and some aquatic animals here. I just realized that I did not see the honey bees, though I'm sure that was an oversight on my part. Very popular with families with young children.
Written October 18, 2022
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RICK B
BILLINGS278 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
My husband and I signed up for the Friday behind the scene tour and would not suggest that to other visitors. For the money spent, it does not offer that much more than a regular entrance, in fact several members that started with our group, left and just did their own walk through.
The positive things that you see are the 3-D film on Monarchs, the large indoor garden area with loads of butterfly’s, and the display in the incubation area. The reptile area has workers who give explanations on what to look for, which is also done in the small aquarium area. We did go in the reptile workroom, which was the only part that was truly different from a regular admission.
Written January 13, 2020
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Rick, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that you did not have a 5 star experience with us. The 3-D film is absolutely amazing, as are the other displays here at Butterfly Wonderland! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed them. We hope to see you again, and that we can give you the best experience possible. Thank you !
Written January 14, 2020
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Team Mumme
Eugene, OR22 contributions
Aug 2021
We had found Butterly Wonderland online while searching for fun things to do in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. What a treat this place is to visit! We thought it may be more of a "kids" place, and we are two adults. We were wrong 100%. We were greeted by a very friendly woman who sold us our tickets and chatted with us about where we were from. After entering, you see the tropical bird display and they take your picture for purchase later if you like. The 3D movie is incredibly informative, and we learned more about butterflies than we ever knew. The real magic was inside the "wonderland" for sure. Butterflies EVERYWHERE, zipping by you, landing on you, and just having a wonderful life. We thought we were finished when we left this area, but then we saw the area about the rainforest and aquarium area also. We spend about 2.5 hours overall here, and feel it is well worth the entry fee.
Written August 11, 2021
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Joan H
San Bernardino, CA1,027 contributions
Feb 2022
Butterfly Wonderland was an amazing place to visit on my 4 day trip to Phoenix/Scottsdale area. I have been to three other similar butterfly exhibits: two in Costa Rica and another in Palm Desert, California, and this exhibit is by far the best. Be sure to pick up the colorful "butterfly chart", when you buy your tickets. This handy chart shows 42 species of butterflies you will see. Be prepared to experience a delightful hour in this amazing wonderland filled with hundreds of butterflies. The most memorable species was the Blue Morpho which I have seen in the jungles of the Yucatan and Costa Rica. Even though it was a cool day outside, it was warm and humid inside the conservatory. If you are short on time, skip the 15 minute 3D show on the life of the Monarch Butterfly. It's educational but not worth it.
Written May 24, 2022
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Rachel C
1 contribution
Jan 2022 • Friends
This was my mom and I’s second time here and honestly it doesn’t get old! It’s just as magical and fun as it was the first time. With Covid it seems they aren’t showing their monarch migration video in the theatre but we were OK with that. This meant we could go right into the butterfly garden. It’s a little humid in there especially with a mask, but you quickly forget when you get to see all the beautiful butterflies fluttering around. It was great to go a weekday when there were less people. I wouldn’t hate if this was something we did every time I visited. It’s awesome if you’re a nature lover!
Written January 17, 2022
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