St. Louis, Missouri
September 21, 2003
The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park in West St. Louis County and is home to as many as 60 different butterfly species and 150 tropical plants. You reach the building by walking past a 28 ft high sculpture of a Monarch butterfly and then a 30-foot caterpillar. You enter the main doors into the Grand Hall. On your left will be a nice gift shop with all kinds of butterfly related merchandise. On your right is an exhibit of preserved specimens called "Butterflies of the World." Further down the Grand Hall are cases holding a bearded lizard, ants and several caterpillar exhibits. On the far right side is a theater which shows a 17 min. film on butterfly behavior and anatomy.
But by far, the heart of the Butterfly House is the tropical, climate controlled "Fly Room". You step through one door, carefully letting it close behind you before opening the one in front of you, and then you are in . . . The enchanting scene before you will cause you to pause . . . Butterflies are flitting and flying everywhere! Bright colored wings circle your legs and arms, while in the background lush tropical greenery sports draping flowers of red, blue, yellow and purple -- food for the more than 1000 butterflies that are in flight at any given time. Stand very still and a butterfly might even land on you. To your left, a curling footpath begins and in the distance you hear the bright exclamation of a young child’s excitement. As I strolled the path, I discovered many different butterfly species as well as nooks and crannies where one may sit and enjoy the experience. One bright winged fellow landed on a flower right in front of me and promptly began to feed. I took his picture, which you can see below. What a wonderful place to visit and it’s close enough I can go back often!
Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, and $4 for children 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. The facility is open June to Aug. from 9am to 5pm. The rest of the year: 9am to 4pm and closed on Mondays. Directions: Take I-64/40 west to Clarkson/Olive Blvd. exit. Go east on Olive. Two miles ahead, Faust Park is on the left and you will see the butterfly house easily. Their phone is 636-530-0076. The website is www.buterflyhouse.org.
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