The Largest Butterfly Conservatory In The U.S. Is In Arizona, And It's Magical
You don’t have to travel to the rainforest to be surrounded by beautiful butterflies. There’s a butterfly house in Arizona where thousands of colorful winged creatures roam free: Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale. It’s the largest butterfly conservatory in the nation, and your visit promises to be an unforgettable one.
In the meantime, be sure to check out this video of Butterfly Wonderland:
Have you ever been to this magical butterfly house in Arizona? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Tell us in the comments! Don’t forget to check out our previous article for another family-friendly destination at the Arizona Boardwalk.
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Where are the best places to see butterflies in Arizona?
One of the best parts about Arizona living is being surrounded by nature wherever we go. If you're as enchanted by butterflies as we are, you'll want to visit the following magical places in Arizona:
- Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden is a beautiful oasis comprised of 323 acres approximately an hour to the east of Phoenix. A splendor in any season, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is a must-do day trip in Arizona. While some elaborate gardens found in Arizona are polished and manicured, Boyce Thompson Arboretum is more of a natural habitat.
- Loews Ventana Canyon Resort. Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Catalina Mountains, the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort sits on 100 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape. Despite being within Tucson city limits, the resort is completely surrounded by and immersed in natural beauty. In addition to glorious onsite amenities like a pool and waterfall, guests can also enjoy the Window Walk Nature Trail, an easy, half-mile stroll that meanders around the property. Like something from a fairytale, the trail features babbling brooks, stone bridges, and even an enchanting butterfly garden!
- Desert Botanical Garden. A surprising oasis tucked away in the Southwest, Desert Botanical Garden is so beautiful, it almost seems like a mirage. Luckily, it's as real as it gets, and home to an abundance of native flora and fauna that will give you a whole new appreciation for this striking region. This Arizona treasure boasts 140 acres flush with over 50,000 plants representing 4,000 different species, nearly 400 of which are rare or endangered. Five scenic trails wind through the lovely landscape, each offering a unique and scenic perspective. Whether you like wildflowers or cacti, there's a hike here for everyone; though, with all five (paved) hikes totaling just over a mile, this is a wholly accessible and immersive adventure that's a quintessential part of the Desert Botanical Garden experience.
When can I see butterflies migrate through Arizona?
Twice a year, once in the spring and again during fall, monarch butterflies set off on the arduous journey of migration to and from Mexico. Monarchs often stop in Arizona to fuel up before pushing across the border. If you want to attract monarchs right into your backyard and simultaneously help bolster their longevity as a species, the Arizona Game & Fish Department suggests planting milkweed. This is the only plant monarchs will lay eggs on, and it also serves as food for larvae. You can read more about when to see butterflies migrate through Arizona in this article.