Opened in March 1988, Butterfly World encompasses 3 acres of butterfly aviaries and botanical gardens along with a butterfly farm and research center. The park includes two aviaries for tropical birds and an interactive lorikeet space. The World has a team of skilled care and research staff to take care of everything. Butterfly World has been key in saving the Schaus Swallowtail, a species that is becoming stronger in South Florida, and may be taken off of the endangered species list.
The 205-foot neo-Gothic and art deco Singing Tower carillon. Designed by architect Milton B. Medary and crafted by stone sculptor Lee Lawrie, the Tower is one of the world’s finest carillons, with a 60-bell carillon concert daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Founder’s Room Main floor fireplace with antique furniture and ceramic tile flooring, the start of a 211-step wrought-iron staircase, or use the original Otis electric elevator
Chao Research Center Archival room stores historic objects of the Gardens, includes a guest register signed by President Coolidge and Edward Bok in 1929.
Storage & Mechanical Equipment The large tanks found on this level were used to irrigate the Gardens with the water that would flow from the roof.
Maintenance Workshop This workshop is still used by our Facilities & Operations team for various tasks including polishing the Great Brass Door, maintaining the carillon, and servicing the elevator.
Anton Brees Carillon Library A collection of many of Edward Bok’s writings and also the largest collection of carillon history and music (wiki) in the world.
Carillonneur’s Office & Studio Equipment and recordings are stored here, and below is a practice carillon allowing for rehearsals without being heard in the Gardens.
Carillon Bells & Playing Cabinet Home of the 60-bell carillon and a soundproof playing cabinet. Four balconies overlook the Gardens, a catwalk staircase leads to the roof.
Parapet & Finials At the top of the Tower, 205-feet above the base, are eight marble heron statues. Several modern necessities have been installed on the roof including lightning rods and HVAC units. A platform allows access for maintenance.
* typical vacation, family of three (3) for seventeen (17) nights x $126 (StatsCan) in winter, hotel. food, fuel, misc., Approx. $5,750 CDN