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Butterfly World

Region: South Florida

Coconut Creek, FL

Contact Information:
3600 W. Sample Rd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Local Phone: 954-977-4400
Fax: 954-977-4501

I-95 exit at Sample Rd., then west.4 miles.
Those who wish to visit Butterfly World should look for it in Tradewinds Park, ten miles to the north of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It may be easily reached via the Florida Turnpike or Interstate I-95, at its address of 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073. Simply exit at Sample Road and head west. Enter into Tradewinds Park on the south side of Sample Road, only a quarter of a mile west of the Florida Turnpike. Our butterfly house is inside the park, straight ahead about a third of a mile.

You can also reach Butterfly World from the Sawgrass Expressway, using the Lyons Road exit and driving south to Sample Road. Head east from there and you will see Tradewinds Park on the south side of the road.

Hours of Operation:

Butterfly World is open to the public 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday. Because butterflies are "solar-powered", we are forced to close our admission gate at 4 pm. The butterflies are best in the morning until about 3 pm, so make sure you arrive early!

Description and Activities:
Butterfly World opened its doors to the public in March 1988, making it the first and largest butterfly house in the United States. The $1.2 million facility was built by partners Ronald Boender of Ft. Lauderdale and Clive P.Farrell of England. The facility was built on 2.8 acres of leased county land at no cost to taxpayers. It provides visitors with a beautifully-landscaped, unique scientific and educational showplace that has become one of the landmark attractions of South Florida.

Butterfly World's butterfly house and aviaries were designed in consultation with the famed professional designer, James Gardner of London. The architecture is the perfect highlight to Florida's temperate climate and subtropical setting. This allows butterflies to be "outside" on live exhibition year-round.

Amidst thousands of flowers, tropical plants, waterfalls, gardens, and classical music, Butterfly World is a unique, breath-taking site that is one of Florida's leading tourist attractions. It is also a popular "field trip" for tens of thousands of school children yearly.

The Tropical Rain Forest Aviary is one of Butterfly World's finest attractions. This mammoth 8,000 square foot screened enclosure is a marvelous, open air environment within which to enjoy the flight of thousands of live butterflies. It is also the largest single butterfly habitat in the world, soaring to 30 feet in height and enclosing 240,000 cubic feet of space. Inside, over 5,000 butterflies enjoy a natural rain forest environment, complete with flowers, trees, a waterfall, a cave and a cooling tropical mist.

As many as 80 butterfly species from South and Central America, the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, and other Asian nations are typically found within our aviaries. Some of the favorites include the Owl butterfly, and the brilliant Blue Morpho.

As you leave the Tropical Rain will enter our extensive outdoor gardens, beginning with the Lakeside Garden walk and continuing on to the English Rose Garden and Secret Garden. Hundreds of native Florida species live and fly freely outside in these gardens, and feed on the native nectar and caterpillar food sources that have been planted just for them. Cross the Tinalandia suspension bridge to explore the Jewels of the Sky Hummingbird Aviary. New for 1998, is the Lorikeet Encounter where visitors may interact with the "clowns of the bird world" and feed them by hand.

Admission Price:

Our admission rates are $14.95 for adults and senior citizens, $9.95 for children (ages 4-12). Children ages 3 and younger are free. Group rates are available as well.

Payment Options:
American Express, MasterCard, Visa