Summers are brutal in Florida. Each year summer rolls around, I fill our weekends with indoor activities. We love to fill up on popcorn at the movies, wander through art museums or just stay inside and watch Netflix all day but this year I wanted something a little more! With some quick research on fun things to do in Orlando, this little family-run nursery popped up and I immediately put it on our summer bucket list.
Tucked away in Ovideo, Florida hides a small gem called Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter. This little nursery is just under 45 minutes away from down town Orlando. The farm consists of two separate sections a the Butterfly Encounter Greenhouse and a larger farm house filled to the brim with pots and plants.
Pull into their gravel parking lot, park towards the butterfly sign pointing to the Butterfly Encounter and follow the signs into the gift shop. Just $12 for admission per person and you have access to two small greenhouses filled with butterflies and just-hatched quails.
(YES YOU HEARD ME – BABY QUAILS)
It’s kind of kitschy – There’s meditation music in the background, odd half-broken lawn ornaments and birds pecking at your feet. But it’s kind of beautiful in it’s own way too. In the second greenhouse, inside the small enclosure you can feed the small butterflies nectar. (TBH I was kind of creeped out by the butterflies, but my husband loved them)
After visiting with the butterflies and birds, we headed straight for the garden side of Lukas. Even if you are not here to purchase plants or pots, make sure to wander in and out of their farm! They have hidden statues throughout their property – like this big guy (the statue – not my husband).
If you are cacti obsessed like I am, take a look inside their even smaller green house out back. Even though the Florida Cactus Company has better prices on cacti, Lukas is not small on charm.
Overall, Lukas Nursery is a perfect on a warm summer weekend. You can spend hours wandering in their butterfly greenhouse or exploring their property taking Instagram worth selfies.
If you are looking for a cute weekend day trip, this is the place to go!