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Get Up-Close and Personal with Gorgeous Tropical Butterflies at SOAR

(LA Trend) — Join the South Coast Botanic Garden for their most whimsical experience yet: SOAR, the Garden’s first exhibition showcasing the beauty and magic of tropical butterflies.

Guests will begin their adventure outside at their new garden area which features a variety of host and nectar plants that naturally attract butterflies and other pollinators, as well as an emergence chamber where they’ll have a chance to watch new butterflies and moths break out of their pupal cases. Then, guests will make their way into the South Coast Botanic Garden’s newly-built pavilion where they’ll see butterflies in every stage of their life cycle and be granted the opportunity to see them thrive and fly in their natural habitat. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a personal encounter with these majestic yet gentle creatures. Stunning painted ladies, blue morpho, and giant swallowtail are just a few of the tropical butterflies that have made South Coast Botanic Garden their home. Plus, the Garden will regularly receive new species of butterfly throughout the duration of the exhibition, so each visit will feature new surprises.

Here are some tips for you to get the most out of your time at this exhibition:

  • If you wear bright colors to the Garden (like those of a flower), you’ll increase your chances of attracting butterflies to approach you, and maybe even land on you.
  • While there are no strollers or wagons allowed in the pavilion itself, there is stroller parking behind the pavilion outside. Employees and volunteers will be on hand to assist you.
  • A variety of butterfly souvenirs will be available for purchase at their kiosk in the Palm Circle, including children’s butterfly wings, butterfly guidebooks, butterfly gardens, hats, visors, and more.
  • Butterflies will not be as active on cloudy days as they usually are on sunny days. The reason for this is because butterflies are similar to solar collectors, in that they use energy from the sun to provide them to keep function throughout the day. If you do arrive on a cloudy day, don’t worry—simply keep an eye on the undersides of trees and bushes for resting butterflies (this is also an effective way to get a closer look at them). Always feel free to ask a SOAR guide to help you find butterflies if you don’t see them right away.
  • It’s a good idea to bring along a small pair of binoculars on your trip to the Garden, as this will help you spot butterflies that are perched up high in the pavilion.
  • The SOAR exhibition will introduce the Garden’s Pollination Station, a part of their new Discovery Station cart program that rolled out in April 2021. Throughout the duration of SOAR, the Pollination Stations located in the Garden near the pavilion will be around to educate guests understand and appreciate the natural world around them, and their role in it, in a fun and engaging way.

Because the pavilion is a fragile and intricate home to these butterflies, here are some things to keep in mind to help ensure that you enjoy SOAR as much as possible without disrupting the lives of these pleasant insects:

  • It can sometimes take a while to spot butterflies, as they can be quite shy. Take your time – the wait will be worth it!
  • Because butterflies may often stay close to the ground for warmth, so be sure to watch your step.
  • Feeding stations and puddling areas offer ideal opportunities to get some up-close views of butterflies.
  • Photography is encouraged! With such an amazing and singular experience, South Coast Pacific Garden wants you to preserve these memories and share them with others.
  • Before you exit the pavilion, check yourself and the people in your party for any hitchhiking butterflies. Staff and volunteers will also be on hand to assist.
  • No outside food and drinks are allowed in the pavilion.
  • Please stick to the designated pathways and refrain from stepping on plant beds.
  • Touching plants and picking the flowers is prohibited.
  • Unless a staff member invites you to do so, please avoid picking up, handling, or touching the butterflies at all times.
  • Please keep your time inside the pavilion to a maximum of 30 minutes to allow others to enjoy the exhibition.


  • Adult (Ages 18 and up): $22.00
  • Child (Ages 5-12): $12.00
  • Senior (62+): $18.00
  • Student: $18.00
  • Toddler (2-4): $7.00
  • Member: $5

The price of admission includes entry into South Coast Botanic Garden and the butterfly pavilion.

Click here to order your tickets.


Now through July 31, 2021


26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274


Phone: (424) 452-0920

Visit the official SOAR page for more information.

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Joe Garza | Editor

Joe Garza is an LA-based writer and musician. With a deep passion for the arts, his interests include screenwriting, reading, composing, and playing guitar and piano.

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