On a recent trip with our play group we visited Lukas Nursery to check out their Butterfly Encounter. What a neat place to take the family (what kid doesn’t love butterflies?)! I wanted to make sure to share our experience with you since this is a bit of a hidden gem in Central Florida.
If you’ve never been to Lukas Nursery before, you should definitely check it out even if you’re not there for the butterflies. The plants are gorgeous and the people there are so helpful (this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like this place!). When you arrive at the Butterfly Encounter you walk through an area of butterfly-friendly plants and into their little gift shop where you pay for your admission.
It was really cool to see all the butterflies in a habitat where they could fly freely and lots of people could enjoy them. There are also several birds in the enclosure that hop and fly around, adding to the fun. Graham loved looking at the little photo card to see which birds and butterflies he could find.
There are all sorts of fun surprises like waterfalls, fairy gardens, and unusual plants along the way, but the highlight for me was definitely the area where you can feed the butterflies!
I actually thought Graham would be more excited to feed them, but it turned out that he kind of just freaked out after I dipped his hand in the little cup inside the feeding enclosure and one landed on him. I got to hold a butterfly though and that was awesome!
- Lukas Nursery is located at 1909 Slavia Rd., Oviedo, FL 32765
- The hours of operation are daily 9AM to 4PM and peak butterfly season is April through September.
- Admission is $6 +tax for ages 4 and up (3 and under are free).
- The Butterfly Encounter is very warm, even when the outside air temperature is comfortable, because that’s what the butterflies need to thrive. Make sure you dress yourself and your kiddos accordingly. I wore a light, sleeveless dress on a beautiful early spring day and I still got pretty sweaty by the end of our time there.
- Because of the temperature, I’d encourage you to go first thing in the morning so it doesn’t get too uncomfortable.
- There is plenty to do in Oviedo after you spend some time at the nursery. Check out this post about a really cool park with a splash pad where the kids can play or picnic when you’re done! Or this post about an awesome place to pick local blueberries and strawberries in Oviedo!
Have you taken your kids to see the butterflies at Lukas Nursery? I’d love to hear what you thought about it in the comments!