If your little one (or ones) loves butterflies like mine does, it’s worth visiting the “Butterflies Alive!” exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The exhibit, which is open through September 11, features more than 1,000 free flying butterflies of many colors and varieties in a beautiful garden filled with flowers. It’s fascinating to watch the butterflies fly around, interact with each other and visitors (sometimes landing on your head or shoulder), drinking nectar from flowers, and just being beautiful.
The museum also features a 72-foot Blue Whale skeleton; exhibit halls about birds, insects, mammals, and more; a library; a nature trail; and space lab and planetarium. We brought our lunch, which we ate on a bench overlooking the trail and the soothing Mission Creek.
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located behind the Old Mission at 2559 Puesta del Sol. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (805) 682-4711 or visit http://www.sbnature.org/