I don’t get excited about a lot of things, but nature is one of the exceptions. Rarely, does a zoon or something like that really grab me, and even though I had heard a lot of great things about the Butterfly Rainforest, I wasn’t exactly in a hurry to go. But I have discovered in life that the act of putting yourself in motion and going to someplace new is sometimes in and of itself, the best part of the trip. It was not, however, in this case.
Without the Butterfly Rainforest, the Florida Museum of Natural History is in and of itself worth the trip. I won’t go into detail here, but I recommend you do the research on the site and decide for yourself. But I love that sort of thing, myself.
I foresaw an enclosure with a few butterflies and plants and envisioned some giant hardware store’s garden section or something like that. I might have been more wrong, but it would have taken some effort. At this point, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. Click images to enlarge.
The place was incredible. The plants were magnificent. There was a manmade stream with a giant live turtle, some flightless birds running around the floor of the jungle, and more plants and more flowers than I can show. I very rarely plug any place I’ve been because usually, the hype doesn’t live up to the reality. But I really cannot do this place justice with the space allowed. Take your kids. Take your parents. Go with someone who loves nature and enjoy.