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Visitors Guide: Butterfly World

Butterfly World is located in Coconut Creek, Florida. Coconut Creek is located in the famous Broward County, Florida situated between Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton in the southern part of the state. Sunny south Florida is home to many beautiful things including Butterfly World.

Butterfly World is home to around 20,000 live butterflies making it the largest butterfly park in the world. In addition to being the first of its kind. Opening the doors on March 28, 1988 offering 3 acres of butterfly aviaries and expanding throughout the years. Butterfly World was opened by Ronald Boender. Son of two Dutch immigrants and growing up in Illinois, he always loved butterflies. He began to raise butterflies upon his relocation to Florida in 1968. He started raising local butterflies and butterfly food plants in his home.

As he began researching, he learned that there was a market to “farm” butterflies to sell to zoos or universities around the nation. In 1984, he established MetaScience Co, a commercial butterfly farm. Around this time, he discovered that “butterfly houses” were being opened in the United Kingdom. So he made a trip to England, the year after and met with the owner of the London Butterfly House, Clive Farrell. The product of their friendship was a partnership in opening Butterfly World, the first of its kind in the United State of America.

Shortly after in 1988, co-founder Boender and Butterfly World created the “Bring Back the Butterflies” campaign in 1988. The campaign was established to educate and supply free butterfly gardening materials for every region of the county to anyone interested. It was extremely successful and became a well-known to thousands. The “Bring Back the Butterflies” created thousands of new butterfly habitats and an increase in the butterfly populations across the county.

Boender has participated in an enormous amount of research surrounding the butterflies and has even helped to save an endangered species of butterflies.

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Once you arrive to Butterfly World, you will be required to purchase your admission if not pre-ordered through their website, https://www.butterflyworld.com/. Per their website, an adult admission ticket is $29.95, children (ages 3-11) are $21.95 and children (2 and under) are free. They often provide admission coupons on their website from time to time for a discounted admission price; however, they offer discounts that are available all year. A military discount will provide your entire party with a 25% off discount with a valid military ID. Being a member of AAA will provide you with a discount of 15% off the entire party with your valid AAA card. Butterfly World also offers Group Rates and Educational Tours. They accept the following forms of payment: cash, Amex, Mastercard and Visa. They do not accept personal checks. In addition to the above admission rates and discounts, Butterfly World offers an annual membership that ranges from $50.00 for children, ages 3-11 to $60.00 for adults and seniors.

Once you enter Butterfly World, you are able to walk through tropical gardens in 6 different huge screened aviaries filled with 20,000 live and exotic butterflies; in addition to some of the world’s most amazing birds. In the Lorikeet encounter, you are even able to hand feed the small parrots! Many people that have visited Butterfly World before have said that the butterflies will even land on them from time to time! You can spend hours in the exhibits seeing so many different butterflies.

In addition to the butterfly and bird areas, Butterfly World also offers an inside crawlers exhibition that shows many different species. This exhibit can be fairly busy in the summer time as it is located in side an air-conditioned building while many of the other exhibits in Butterfly World are located outside. Depending on the season that you plan your visit, South Florida can be very hot in the summer months, with average temperatures in the high 80’s.

Throughout Butterfly World, there is an immense amount of educational information regarding the butterflies. The highly trained staff is knowledgeable and able to answer any questions that you may have while in Butterfly World.

In one of the exhibits that Butterfly World offers, it informs their visitors of their current research and science missions. It allows the visitors to learn about the work that Butterfly World does behind the scenes and how they can help Butterfly World’s goals in the future.

Butterfly World also offers a gift shop for its visitors and also open to the public. The gift shop offers souvenirs such as gifts, cd’s, gift cards, seeds and educational books. Make sure to stop by and see what they have to offer!

Butterfly World’s hours of operation are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday; however, admission closes at 4pm daily. They are closed on Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. Also, Butterfly World is also 100% wheelchair accessible.

Visiting Butterfly World can be a wonderful vacation for families. It provides a wonderful attraction to visit in South Florida! It allows you to enjoy beautiful scenery, 20,000 live butterflies and the sunny weather of the Sunshine State. Butterfly World will provide your family with an unforgettable experience of seeing the beautiful butterflies in their habitats.