Thanks to the rain, sometimes, it's easy to forget what the sun feels like in Emerald City. So, if escaping to a tropical zone without really getting on a plane sounds inviting, you're going to love knowing that there's a warm oasis in the heart of the city. We're talking about the butterfly house in Seattle

The Pacific Science Center is home to the Tropical Butterfly House where you'll be surrounded by hundreds of these magical creatures. Some of them are even transplanted from as far as Southeast Asia and South America.  

It costs $25.95 per adult to get some butterfly kisses. Entrance to the Tropical Butterfly House is included in general admission to the Center, so you can see other exhibits like this pretty ice installation as well.

The temperature in this paradise is always set to a balmy 80 degrees. There's everything from coffee, cocoa, and cinnamon plants to an exotic Voodoo Lily for the free-fluttering critters to get nectar from. 

While every week brings with it a fresh batch of at least 300 of these colorful creatures, what's constant is that they'll always find a spot on you to land. 

The stony pathways with beautiful flowers and light streaming in through gigantic glass windows make it the perfect spot to stroll with your boo.

Who knows? Maybe the popular blue-banded morpho butterfly will flutter on to you making for the perfect photo op too. It's all about getting close and personal at this spot. 

If you'd like to get geeky, there's a butterfly identification guide on hand that'll give you a list of the different species. 

At times, you might even get to see them emerging from their cocoons!

If you end up falling in love with them, you can also adopt them here — some perks include after-hours visits to the tropical paradise and free admission. Just make sure you don't carry an accidental-hitchhiker out of there. 

If you've worked up a good appetite after your stroll, we suggest you head to the Pike Place Market for a self-guided food tour. There's even a spot where you can see all of Washington on a Disney-style ride

Tropical Butterfly House @ Pacific Science Center

Price: $25.95 per person

Location: 200 2nd Ave N, Seattle, WA

Why you should go: This enchanting garden in the heart of Seattle features hundreds of butterflies from all over the world. 


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