Butterfly Wonderland, the largest butterfly pavilion in America, opened in Scottsdale on May 25, 2013.
Spanning a 5-acre parcel of land, this state-of-the art new facility, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, will entertain and enchant as it educates visitors of all ages on the wonders of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures. It will feature a magnificent glass atrium that brings a tropical rainforest environment to the Arizona desert, as well as educational laboratories and interactive exhibits, a 3D movie theater, gift shop, and a café-style dining area.
Butterfly Wonderland is the first phase of a planned “Odysea in the Desert,” 522,000 sq. ft. entertainment complex that will eventually include the largest aquarium in the southwest, an IMAX theatre and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.
In an era in which children and adults alike increasingly turn to the virtual world for entertainment and education, Butterfly Wonderland will provide an opportunity to reconnect with the natural world and learn about its splendors in a tangible and engaging way. The self-guided tour will begin with a 3D theater experience, followed by a Chrysalis Lab. Visitors then will be welcomed into a magnificent, lush, rainforest atrium where thousands of butterflies from around the world will fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants – from sweet almond verbena to plumeria, and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor’s shoulder or finger. From the atrium, visitors will continue on to several interactive exhibits about other natural wonders, from honey bees to aquatic life. The interactive nature of the exhibits means that no two visits will be the same.
For more information, visit butterflywonderland.com.
9500 East Vía de Ventura
Scottsdale, Arizona 85258