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Butterfly World

Escape to a peaceful sanctuary of butterflies, birds and exotic plants.  

Butterfly World is the largest butterfly park in the world, with more than 20,000 winged creatures in aviaries and gardens covering 10 acres (four hectares). Walk among over 50 species as they fly freely and feed on exotic plants and flowers. There are other animals on display, including lorikeets and hummingbirds. As well as being a visitor attraction, this is an important center for butterfly research and education.

This haven for man and butterflies alike is located within Tradewinds Park at Coconut Creek, just over 20 minutes’ drive north of Fort Lauderdale. It was started in 1988 by electrical engineer Robert Boender, who grew up on a farm in Illinois and developed a passion for butterflies and silk moths. 

Soft classical music is played throughout the park, creating a relaxing atmosphere. Wander along winding paths through themed aviaries and exhibits. At the Butterfly Farm and Lab Encounter, watch caterpillars grow and hatch. One of the most popular areas is the 30-foot (nine-meter) high Tropical Rainforest Aviary, with waterfalls and observation decks. At the Lorikeet Encounter, purchase a cup of juice and wait for the bright green birds to perch on your arm to sip their favorite food. Admire hummingbirds in the Jewels of the Sky enclosure, and live bugs in a Bug Zoo exhibit. 

Stop to take a rest on one of many benches throughout the enclosures, or purchase refreshments at the Lakeside Cafe.

There’s a butterfly-themed gift shop, which sells seeds and caterpillar cocoons to take home. Pick up books and brochures on how to grow butterfly-friendly gardens.

Butterfly World is open every day of the year except Christmas Day. Note that there is a small fee to enter Tradewinds Park on weekends and holidays. Avoid coming in wet weather – many of the aviaries are outdoors, and will close if it’s raining. If it starts raining after you’ve entered, the park will give you a rain check to come back on another day. Also, butterflies are most active when there’s plenty of sunlight.


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Motel 6 Pompano Beach

Motel 6 Pompano Beach

1201 NW 31st Avenue, Pompano Beach
2.8
of 5, from 252 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pompano Beach, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Palm-Aire Country Club, Festival Flea Market and Butterfly World. Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Tradewinds Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

£46
Budgetel Pompano Beach

Budgetel Pompano Beach

1411 NW 31st Ave, Pompano Beach
1.8
of 5, from 323 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pompano Beach, this motel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Palm-Aire Country Club, Festival Flea Market and Butterfly World. Tradewinds Park is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

£108
Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach Central

Residence Inn Fort Lauderdale Pompano Beach Central

2880 Center Port Circle, Pompano Beach
4.6
of 5, from 5 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Crystal Lake Golf Club, Planet Air Sports and Festival Flea Market. Tradewinds Park and Butterfly World are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Cozy House in Pompano. 4 Miles From Beach

Cozy House in Pompano. 4 Miles From Beach

701 NW 16th Ave, Pompano Beach
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pompano Beach, this holiday home is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Palm-Aire Country Club and within 6 miles (10 km) of Fort Lauderdale Stadium and Crystal Lake Golf Club. Pompano Beach Amphitheatre and Pompano Beach Municipal Golf Course are also within 6 miles (10 km).

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Hampton Inn & Suites Coconut Creek

Hampton Inn & Suites Coconut Creek

5740 State Road 7, Coconut Creek
4.7
of 5, from 451 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Coconut Creek, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Promenade at Coconut Creek. Tradewinds Park and Xtreme Indoor Karting are also within 6 miles (10 km).

W-Palm Aire 1 Bedroom (Royal Palm & Queen Palm) by RedAwning

W-Palm Aire 1 Bedroom (Royal Palm & Queen Palm) by RedAwning

2601 N Palm Aire Dr, Pompano Beach
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pompano Beach, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palm-Aire Country Club and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Festival Flea Market and Pompano Beach Amphitheatre are also within 6 miles (10 km).

W-Palm Aire 1 Bedroom Deluxe (Areca Palm) by RedAwning

W-Palm Aire 1 Bedroom Deluxe (Areca Palm) by RedAwning

2601 N Palm Aire Dr, Pompano Beach
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Pompano Beach, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palm-Aire Country Club and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Festival Flea Market and Pompano Beach Amphitheatre are also within 6 miles (10 km).

W-Palm Aire 1 Bedroom Deluxe (Royal Palm & Queen Palm) by RedAwning

W-Palm Aire 1 Bedroom Deluxe (Royal Palm & Queen Palm) by RedAwning

2601 N Palm Aire Dr, Pompano Beach
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Pompano Beach, this condo is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Palm-Aire Country Club and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Festival Flea Market and Pompano Beach Amphitheatre are also within 6 miles (10 km).