Beautiful butterflies take over

Butterfly Wonderland opens in Scottsdale

PHOENIX – The heat is on, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and have fun. Today’s list has a couple of things to help you avoid summer cabin fever.

First, we head to Scottsdale where Butterfly Wonderland has just opened. This attraction features a 10,000 square foot conservatory housing 36 to 50 different species of butterflies all under a giant glass roof.

Humidity and temperature are tightly controlled in the large room, where butterflies roam free and often land on guests. If you’d like them to land on you, here’s a tip: wear bright colors like orange or red.

The massive facility also sends guests through a room with large glass display cases. Inside the cases, butterflies emerge from their chrysalis. It should be noted that only moths emerge from cocoons.  

In addition to having the country’s largest butterfly conservatory, you’ll also find a giant ant colony and a bee hive.

Both the colony and the hive are encased in clear plastic and glass allowing you to see their inner workings. Cap all of that off with aquatic life displays, a café and a gift shop, and you’ll have an afternoon of family enjoyment.

You can purchase tickets online or at the ticket office.

Another “cool” activity takes place at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

Come out at night, bring a flashlight and see the gardens like you’ve never seen them before. The flashlight tour starts at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. A special tour highlight the gardens butterflies will take place on June 15.

Check out the Desert Botanical Gardens website for ticket information.

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