Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale, Arizona
Opening: May 25, 2013
Perfectly scheduled for a springtime emergence, Arizona's new Butterfly Wonderland is slated to be the country's largest butterfly pavilion—so watch where you step. The stunning 10,000-square-foot glass atrium encloses a tropical-rainforest habitat where thousands of butterflies from around the world flit past waterfalls, draw nectar from exotic flowers, and land on visitors' fingers. There are museum-like components too, including educational labs and interactive exhibits. A 3-D theater features Flight of the Butterflies, the story of the epic migration of these expert navigators.
On five acres of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Butterfly Wonderland is part of the first phase of a multimillion-dollar entertainment complex set to include a massive aquarium as well as a culinary showcase.
If You Go: Kids get free butterfly caps on Father's Day. At Christmastime, see a special showing of white butterflies.