I went to Huntsville specifically to see the butterfly exhibit at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. Photography is a hobby of mine, and it was recomended by another photographer as being a large and impressive exhibit. In fact, according to the local brochure it's the nation's largest seasonal butterfly exhibit. So I was rather disappointed that though the venue was large and attractive, they only seemed to have three species of butterflies when I went, and the most common ones at that (Monarch, Zebra Longwing, and Julia). As far as butterfly exhibits go, I think the one at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is much better.
But while I was disappointed in the butterflies, I thought the Children's Garden was delightful, full of imaginative touches in small themed gardens ranging from dinosaurs with misting rocks, to space with a pod to walk through, to a small maze by my favorite--the storybook garden. At the center is a giant board game laid out with colorful path stones where you're the pawn. My four-year-old nephew would love it!
They had a seasonal exhibit of giant insects throughout the grounds, and it does require a bit of walking to see everything. The water garden was particularly impressive and worth the walk. I had a wonderful, fresh salad at the cafe at the entrance, and they also have a gift shop.
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