House of Hundreds of Butterflies Opens on Oregon Coast
(Newport, Oregon) - Butterfly Adventures is the new kid on the block for attractions in Newport’s Bayfront district, providing a unique opportunity to touch and interact with hundreds of free-flying butterflies, with these delicate creatures sitting on you and creating a memorable photo opportunity.
It joins Mariner Square’s Ripley’s Believe It or Not, The Wax Works, and Undersea Gardens on Newport’s Historic Bay Front for this summer season, Butterfly Adventures is a spectacular new eco- friendly entertainment and educational experience for both adults and children.
Butterfly Adventures is the only butterfly exhibit on the Oregon Coast showcasing free flying regional butterflies where visitors will learn the life cycle of the butterflies. It’s a 2000-square-foot walk through a butterfly house filled with colorful regional plants and flowers, providing the venue for visitors to see live examples of the amazing change from egg, to caterpillar, to pupae, to butterfly at the life cycle station. Professional butterfly handlers will provide a hands-on interaction with Monarch or Painted Lady butterflies for that special memory that lasts a lifetime.
Complimenting the live experience is a variety of “fun” facts on a professionally designed signage that underlines one of the components of the educational value of the butterfly experience. In Butterfly Alley, visitors will observe butterflies feasting on fruits, nectar and their nectar plants. And at the “Save the planet – Save a butterfly” station, visitors will see how their backyard gardens can make a difference in the life of a butterfly, their critical role in the ecosystem and learn the interdependency between nature and its inhabitants.
Butterfly Adventures is the brainchild of Peter and Lisa Noah, once local residents of Newport for 15 years. This idea came about during their travels in the Caribbean and throughout Asia, where butterfly houses are more common than in the United States.
“We’ve seen some spectacular butterfly exhibits and one of our favorite memories are of the butterflies landing on our arms, hands, head, legs, and even on my watch,” noted Peter Noah, owner of Butterfly Adventures. “We wanted to share this wonderful experience with other people who know and love butterflies but may not have had the opportunity to experience them in person. When we came back to Newport, we thought it was a perfect fit in the unused upper level space at Mariner Square.”
“The uniqueness of this exhibit and the extraordinary experience it gives our visitors adds an additional dimension to the Bayfront experience,” said Neal Henning, General Manager of Mariner Enterprises. “The sheer delight of having a butterfly land on you is an exciting memory that our visitors won’t forget.”
Butterflies are unique display creatures with less than 80 facilities worldwide that display butterflies. Butterfly Adventures, located at 250 SW Bay Boulevard, is open daily from 9 am to 8 pm until late September. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for children 3-11 years old, and under 3 years are free. Combo tickets are available for all four attractions. Adult Combo Tickets are $26.90, Children 3-11 are $15.90. (541) 265-2206
Peter Noah has 30 years of professional aquatic animal experience, including marine mammals, fish and invertebrates, sea birds, and sharks at such notable attractions as Sea World, Marineland of the Pacific, Indianapolis Zoo, Ocean Futures, the Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University Hatfield Marine Science Center. Mr. Noah's experience includes training of killer whales, pilot whales, dolphins, sea lions, and walruses; animal husbandry; life support systems; as well as training and supervision of animal husbandry personnel, strategic planning, budget preparation and financial management.
Noah also worked with Keiko at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in the 90’s, even following him to Iceland.
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