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Butterfly Encounter in Central Florida

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There are many things we will never grow too old for, and one of those, is butterflies!! We certainly love nature, and the butterfly life cycle is one of the most naturally beautiful processes. The variety and diversity of the butterfly world is surely a marvelous sight. So, if you are looking for a butterfly encounter in Central Florida, Lukas Nursery is the place to visit.

Central Florida Butterfly Encounter

Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

At Lukas Nursery, you can do the just butterfly encounter, or you can also do a guided field trip around the nursery grounds, with the butterfly encounter.  We did the guided tour with our homeschool group.

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Grounds Tour at Lukas Nursery

Our tour started off with some chicken talk. We owned our own chickens a couple years ago, therefore we knew most of what was being taught. The one thing we did learn…..did you know you can tell the color of eggs the hen will lay by looking at the color of skin on her ear?  Crazy huh??? As much as you think you know, there is always more to learn. 

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As we walked over to the cows and donkeys, there were large majestic oaks. Oaks are like snowflakes. No two are alike, and their uniqueness makes them so beautiful. Also, pictures never do them justice. 

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We learned all about Thor, the bull, and his girlfriends. The cows are like mascots for the nursery.  

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As we headed back around the side of the pasture, we walked a gravel road with a cute little pond. 

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We learned about some of the local trees we have in Florida. There were a couple interesting things, like this one here is a cinnamon tree. 

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Did you know that a banana tree only harvests fruit one time? Once it produces fruit, there becomes a separate tree that grows from the original, then the cycle repeats. 

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Butterfly Presentation

After we walked around the pond, we headed indoors for a short talk about the life of a butterfly. They have a little classroom area inside the gift shop where they play a short video, and allow kids to ask questions.

Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

Finally, we entered the area of butterflies and birds. 

The Butterfly Encounter

Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

We got to walk around and see all the birds and butterflies. Even saw a set of butterflies mating. 

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Others were just flying around, eating the nectar from the flowers. 

Lukas Nursery Butterfly Encounter

There was an enclosed area where they put Powerade on the kids’ fingers. As a result, the butterflies would land and eat. 

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When the kids were all done, we were free to wander the gift shop and head out. It makes me happy to see my girls enjoy nature as much as I do. 

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Butterflies hold a special place in all our hearts because of my grandma, and their great-grandma. She has loved butterflies for as long as I can remember, and used to have them on her clothing, plus make crafts to highlight them.

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About Lukas Nursery in Central Florida

Lukas Nursery is a 4th generation, family owned and operated business, and is over 100 years old. You can find more information about all they have to offer, and their field trips HERE

Would you visit a butterfly encounter in Central Florida?

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If you have visited other butterfly encounters, please share them with us, because we would love to add them to our list. Plus, we have several more we can share with you too.

For more nature experiences in Central Florida:

Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive

Snorkeling Salt Springs in Ocala National Forest

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Julie Gazdecki

Julie is owner and founder of How We Find Happy. As an optimist, the name is perfect as we share the ways we find happy living in Florida, visiting breweries, spending time with our adult children, and getting away on some couples trips. As previous residents of Michigan, we still spend lots of time each year visiting our family up there, along with new and favorite places. My hope is to encourage others to spend time exploring this beautiful world, and finding happy in unexpected places.

23 thoughts on “Butterfly Encounter in Central Florida

  • What a cool experience! Our local zoo does a butterfly garden once a year – it is so fun to walk through it.

  • Vessy

    Awww, what an awesome place. My kids went on a school field trip to a butterfly garden a few years ago, and they still talk about it! I would LOVE to take them here someday! 🙂

  • Karie

    Beautiful! These are the memories one remembers as kids.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    The Best field trips are the ones you never forget.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    We used to live outside of Detroit, and the zoo there had a butterfly experience. Every time we went to the zoo, we would always go in.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Our hope is that they never forget. 🙂

  • Shirley

    That is so cool! I’ve never heard of this before and now that I have, I want to do this!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Yay!! Exactly what we hope to be doing. Helping people find some of the hidden treasures here in Florida!

  • Very cool experience and interesting fact about the banana plant!

  • Missy Debnar

    We have not been to a butterfly house. It looks lovely. I am going to add it to our list of places to experience.

  • alison

    That is a great place for a visit. My kids would have never left the chickens. We are bit chicken obsessed. Butterflies are amazing and fun to visit. Looks like a great day

  • Dominique

    I really love your pictures. That’s crazy the fact about how you can tell the color of the hen’s egg!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    Thank you! I thought that was really crazy myself. Especially since we used to have our own chickens, and I read quite a lot about them.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    I couldn’t believe it either. Seems like they would be tough to keep taking care of.

  • Julie Gazdecki

    You definitely should visit one. They really are magical!!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    We love chickens too. If they offered to hold them, mine surely would have. We miss having our own.

  • Dean Besares

    Wow that was unusual. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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  • I love taking my kids to see Butterfly encounter but have not been to this one yet! Thank you!

  • Julie Gazdecki

    We love them too. Check out our Apopka Wildlife post too. In the spring and summer, they have a butterfly garden also. We cannot wait to see it.

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