SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This summer, you can visit the rain forest without leaving the desert.
Located off the Loop 101 by the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, the new Butterfly Wonderland houses thousands of butterflies for people to see up close.
Its most popular feature is the butterfly pavilion, a large room simulating a tropical atmosphere for 2,000 butterflies to thrive. While they fly around the room freely, it's not uncommon for a few to get friendly, especially if you're wearing bright colors.
Cocoons hang behind glass next door, where people can watch new butterflies emerge. There's also a 3D theater to watch a short film, "Flight of the Butterflies," which is about their migration cycle.
Butterflies aren't the only wildlife to see. Insects like honey bees, scorpions and ants are on display (enclosed, of course!) in a separate room from the butterflies. You can also see colorful fish from the Amazon River and pet a sting ray in the middle of the room.
If you're making a trip, try to get there early. The parking lot is usually full even before they open their doors.
"There's always a line out the door," said Lindsey Gubler, a spokeswoman for Butterfly Wonderland.
The Wonderland will be hosting a workshop about how to build a butterfly garden in time for autumn on June 10 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. They also host birthday parties, group tours, and photo shoots.