Leaving rainy Miami, we headed North on the Turnpike, taking the #69 exit to BW, which sits pretty much adjacent to the road. During our visit I knew not a whole lot about how it came to be, however, now that I've read the info, in the link above, I'm even more impressed. Arriving just after 10 AM, the weather was still chilly, and if you know anything about butterflies, you already know that sort of weather is not conducive to flying around. However, I am happy to say it did not stop the birds from doing so.
Oh my goodness!
Here's a beauty, high up in a tree:
We loved all the little finches, none more so than this "owl finch."
This was one of the first times that I've ever seen birds eating flowers,
Finally, there was the bug museum and zoo. I'm sparing you the cockroach exhibit. Good grief, the minute we walked in the door, I exclaimed, are those roaches? Bruce, on the other hand, got quite close to watch the hundred or so, gigantic roaches, crawling all over themselves. I'm known for taking photographs of just about anything, however, I draw the line at roaches. In the museum portion there were some of the most fascinating bugs you would never want to run into!
This area was quite well done, with case after case of mounted butterflies from around the world. The colors! The iridescence! The intricate patterns! Well, you decide....
It is quite the drive from Orlando, but if you are anywhere near Fort Lauderdale, I'd say you should pony up the $25 admission and see for yourself some of the wonders of our beautiful world.