Though late bloomers in the looks department, butterflies' flashy colors, penchant for flowers, and love 'em and leave 'em attitude has made them the sweet-talking scourge of the flora singles scene. Watch flighty Casanovas in action with today's Groupon to The Butterfly Estates. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get one adult annual membership (a $24 value).
- For $30, you get one family annual membership for up to seven individuals of your choice (a $59.99 value). Each person on your list will receive all the benefits of our regular annual members.
Serving as both a botanical garden and butterfly sanctuary, The Butterfly Estates hosts a lush collection of flora, fauna, and flight-based fancy from the confines of its 3,614-square-foot glazed glass conservatory. With free admission to The Butterfly Estates, members can enjoy endless tours of the cascading waterfalls and lush tropical nectar plants that dot the conservatory's verdant environs and listen to the tiny Sousa marches made each time a butterfly flaps its wings. Membership also grants pixie gazers advanced email notification of upcoming events, special early-hour access to individual guest speakers, and 10% off Mother Nature's Gift Store, Caterpillars Ice Cream & Fudge Factory, and Flutterby's Café.
Built in 1913, Flutterby's Café welcomes guests to its wraparound porch while doling out cups of their organic coffees and teas. Membership gives you countless afternoons to enjoy the estates' multitude of tropical flowers, plants, trees, and shrubs, all while supping up the sweet scents of homemade fudge, fresh ice cream, and lilac-tinged butterfly body odor.
Gardner's Park Tea House at The Shops at The Butterfly Estates
A 3,614-square-foot glass greenhouse dominates the landscape at The Butterfly Estates, where hundreds of butterflies flutter about. Monarchs, swallowtails, and rarer breeds flash their prismatic wings as they sip from tropical-nectar plants, alight on tree branches, and play proboscis patty-cake with their neighbors. Visitors soothe their souls with the peaceful sound of rushing waterfalls within the space, which is also punctuated with signs describing the insect residents and promoting environmental conservation. When sitting in the front yard dressed like a giant butterfly fails, the center can advise guests on how to attract butterflies to their gardens at home.
The Estates comprises more than just the glass conservatory, however; in adjacent refurbished homes from the early 20th century, the caretakers have installed a café, a gift shop, and a tea hours serving tea forte, frogurt and handmade fudge. At ZCrêpes Café, patrons recline on black leather booths in a modern space with chrome tabletops. Fresh breezes waft through the outdoor area as diners nibble sweet and savory crepes, or just-baked quiche.
1815 Fowler St.
Fort Myers, Florida 33901Get Directions