Step inside Anna Maria Island’s butterfly conservatory to experience the natural delicacy of the plants and winged wonders that flutter around this lush vivarium.
The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park was created in 1999. Located just outside of Holmes Beach City Hall at 5801 Marina Drive, the garden was a joint effort of Holmes Beach’s Beautification Committee, the North American Butterfly Association’s Manasota Chapter, Island Veterans and others.
Stroll among the aesthetic landscaping, personalized pavers, and natural floral scents or take a seat in one of the benches and enjoy the water fountain and the butterflies. Butterflies are most active during the daytime and there is a variety of about 18,000 of them in the world. Their gorgeous wings are actually made up of individually colored scales which gives some of them their awesome iridescent coloring. Please remember even though the butterflies are beautiful one touch can ruin them forever-the same powdery scales that give them their pretty coloring will rub off with one touch and they will never be able to fly again (leaving them easy pray for hungry Island birds).
The Anna Maria Island Butterfly Park is a great place to smell the flowers or read a book and you may even get inspired to start your own garden back home after you return from your vacation.