Working on research for Exploring Florida’s Botanical Wonders while in Broward County, I had the opportunity to visit Butterfly World for the first time.
I’ve seen numerous butterfly conservatories, but Butterfly World is rather different: it’s not just butterflies under glass, but a complex of natural wonders. After you wander through two domes where butterflies glide beneath the sun amid tropical plantings, you exit outdoors to a series of gardens surrounding a large pond.
My favorite: a maze of passion flowers leading to a small aviary. There’s a conservatory filled with colorful tropical birds, an insect museum, rose garden, lorikeet interaction area, arbors dripping with more colorful flora, and a nifty swinging bridge – a reproduction of one found in a rainforest in South America – to tie it all together.
After reading that they billed themselves as the “first and largest” butterfly complex in the United States, I had my skeptic’s hat on. But I’m impressed! It’s certainly worth a day of your explorations of South Florida.