Butterfly World, Fort Lauderdale
Butterfly World is one of my personal favorite places in the Fort Lauderdale area. It is easily the most relaxing day you'll spend here off the beach. It is a visual feast with thousands of butterflies fluttering around you in an atrium filled with exotic plants and beautiful flowers all the while soft classical music pipes in around you. Bring your camera with lots of film because the butterflies do pose and watch out for hitchhikers because they do land on you as well.
Kids love the place and school groups are there often so time your visit accordingly: schools are out by 3 so kids are gone by then. Also remember that butterflies are most active in bright sunshine (luckily for us we have plenty) but this is not a cloudy day trip.
Be sure to have a seat in the hummingbird aviary too. I can sit there for quite awhile with the little birds flying past now and again. This is a "look sharp" area because the birds are really good at hiding and there are sometimes nests with the tiniest of heads poking out of them.
Well worth the short drive north on Interstate 95 or the Florida Turnpike to Sample Road in Coconut Creek.
This place is pretty cool. The Tropical Rain Forest is amazing. The butterflies are everywhere and are so used to people in their environment that they will land on you as you walk around. There is also a hummingbird aviary as well as many gardens and pond with plants and habitats native to Florida.
My neice couldn't get enough of this place. She loved being able to touch the butterfies. There is also an area for lorikeets, which are similar to parakeets. The bug display is not too great, but Butterfly World is not about the bugs, after all.
There is a snack bar with shaded seating by the pond as well as clean restrooms and a gift shop.
Butterfly World is located in Tradewinds Park on Sample Road, just off of I-95.
There's a neat tropical room to wander through at Butterfly World. But make sure when you leave this area that you don't have any passengers on you. The butterflies will land on you and they have to stay in this area. You go through a door to go in and out of here.
At this place you walk around inside while thousands of butterflies flit and fly around you. I’ll admit I got a little freaked out by them being so close to me but I persevered and made it through in one piece. There’s also a few areas for birds, I can’t believe I went in them as I’m scared of birds (I’m such a sissy) but I found it really cool. Especially the hummingbirds.
3600 W. Sample Rd.,
in Tradewinds Park
More Butterfly World Here's some of the butterflies from this place. These were huge, about 6 inches across!