Butterfly Pavilion


There are four indoor exhibit halls and acres of outdoor gardens here. Fluttering with over 1600 butterflies from all the rainforests of the world – not to mention furry tarantulas, armored scorpions and fuzzy millipedes – this spot is a whirl of color, excitement and joy for the kids (and big kids too). It's located in Westminster, 20 miles south on Hwy 36.

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