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Butterfly Wonderland

The Butterfly Wonderland entertains visitors of all ages in a marvelous conservatory that displays and dazzles with more than 3,000 fluttering butterflies. The conservation center is part of the larger OdySea in the Desert entertainment complex that includes the OdySea Aquarium, itself a superb place to visit. Moreover, the Butterfly Wonderland offers more than just butterflies; it also provides visitors with an up-and-close look at reptiles and giant lizards. Fortunately, the reptile exhibits are separate from the butterflies in their protective conservatory.

The Conservatory

Upon entering the conservatory, prepare to greet thousands of tropical rainforest butterflies as they flutter between plants and flowers. As you stroll along the paths, butterfly experts from the center can help you identify the different types. In addition to the butterflies flying around in their adult stage, guests can also visit the Chrysalis Emergence Gallery and see where the early stages of life begin for these magnificent creatures. Inside the 3D theater, learn about the monarch butterfly and its phenomenal journey away from the cold winters in the United States towards the mountains of Mexico. After the film, do not forget to visit the rainforest reptiles, giant insects and tropical waters filled with exotic aquatic wildlife.

Take a Break During Your Visit to the Butterfly Wonderland

Fortunately, the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale allows visitors to enter and exit the conservatory as long as they receive a stamp upon exit. In this case, take some time to visit a restaurant or pub located in the complex. A couple of options include Johnny Rocket’s for burgers or Pangaea Dinosaur Grill for delicious Mediterranean cuisine. To satisfy your sweet tooth, the Sugar Drop Candy Shop along with the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offer plenty of delectable treats. If you want to purchase a souvenir to remember the desert, check out the Arizona Territory Trading Post or the Four Peaks Mining Co.

The Whole Experience

In order to maximize your visit to OdySea in the Desert, visit the aquarium and the Butterfly Wonderland in a single day with a pass that allows for entry to both. In addition to the amazing exhibits throughout, visitors also have the chance to play in the Lazer + Mirror Maze or have a cocktail in the Polar Play Ice Bar. Both attractions only provide more fun when visiting this place where the “desert meets the sea,” especially if you bring the kids with you. Located at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale AZ, 85258, the Butterfly Wonderland is just the beginning of a wonderful day.

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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain is one of the most recognized area landmarks. With an elevation of 2,700 feet, it is an excellent venue for a hike or climb. In fact, hiking Camelback is considered one of the top 10 things to do in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. There are two main trails/climbs — Cholla and Echo Canyon. Please be advised that these hikes and climbs are not generally considered “easy” or beginner level.

Papago Park

Papago Park is a municipal park that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There is plenty to do in this gorgeous park including hiking, fishing and even golfing on the Papago Golf Course.
625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

Hole in the Rock

Hole in the Rock is a wonderful destination for those wanting to see a terrific example of Arizona Red Rock. This is a natural geological formation located in Papago Park. This formation is actually a series of openings eroded into a small red stone hill. The openings and main chamber are accessible via a smoothly ascending path that passes behind the hill.

Taliesin West

Taliesin West was the winter home and school of Frank Lloyd Wright from 1937 until his death in 1959. Currently, it is the main campus of The School of Architecture at Taliesin and also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. It is open to the public for tours, where you’ll be taken through indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as Wright’s private quarters, the gracious “Garden Room”, the drafting room and more.
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is one of the Southwest’s most vibrant and unique downtown areas. It offers pedestrian-friendly streets lines with world-class galleries, museums, restaurants and shops, plus an exciting nightlife scene.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is the gateway to the Sonoran Desert and has one of the most diverse environments on earth. Located on more than 30,000 acres along the eastern edge of the city, the Preserve offers more than 100 miles of trails with six trailheads. Enjoy an array of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, wildlife and bird watching, and guided rock climbing and off-roading tours. Each trailhead provides expansive views of Pinnacle Peak and the Valley, and the Bajada Nature Trail offers a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages.
18333 N. Thompson Peak Rd, Scottsdale