The Butterfly Farm
Spend the day at a park like no other. Experience the beauty and charm of nature at its most astonishing at the Garden of Discoveries — that’s where you’ll find the famous Butterfly Farm, located just 58 kilometers, or a 55-minute drive, away from Camping les Bastets. For more than 25 years, the enchanting gardens are the perfect venue for visitors of all ages — so bring your family or come with friends. The exotic species of butterflies surrounding you is just the start of your adventure on the farm.
The Butterfly Farm, An Enchanting Interlude
Home to hundreds of exotic butterflies flying free in this sanctuary, the Butterfly Farm is a breeding and exhibition on 800 square-meters of beautifully landscaped greenhouse. It’s one of the most incredible ways to experience the world of butterflies. There’s nothing quite like being able to interact live with these unique creatures and this park is the ideal spot to discover all their little nuances. And this sweet little plantation sits against the backdrop of the stunning Vercors massif.
The Butterfly Farm is also a hatchery so one of the attractions is learning every aspect of a butterfly’s life cycle. Visitors can use their cameras to capture memorable photos and videos. Open the doors these gardens and so much more than greenery greets you. This is the world of butterflies and it’s an unparalleled experience for visitors who want to learn more about butterflies from all over the world. There are plenty of opportunities to embark on free tours but you can also book guided tours and view these special insects up close. Your guides for the day have more than six years of experience and they’ll walk you through the gardens as you visit and learn more about the chrysalis and cocooning process before opening into butterflies.
This family-friendly garden has special areas surrounded by serene waters that whisk you away for a moment of calm and relaxation. Grab a book or sit back and enjoy the view of the area all around as you’ll be immersed entirely into the world of butterflies for the day. The gardens feature plenty of plants for miles around. These are the species of flora that butterflies use to feed on as they grow through their various stages. The Butterfly Farm is the perfect way to spend your day as you visit a completely non-traditional park. Bring together entertainment, discovery, education, and learning all under one house with your family. The Butterfly Farm offers all this and more.
Practical Information and Prices
Ready for your visit? The Butterfly Farm, though open to the public and visitors, isn’t free. You’ll need to grab tickets for your visit. You can opt for guided and unguided tours and your ticket gives you access to every part of the park for the day. And if you know that these gardens and butterflies are your cup of tea, why not grab an annual pass? You can grab the VIP nominal card for 12 €, which gives visitors unlimited access to this experience for a year. The park is open from April to June and September from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and again from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. From July to August, however, the park is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You don’t need to book in advance — tickets are priced as follows:
- Adult: 8 €
- Child : 5 €
- Student: 6.50 €
- Job seeker: 6.50 €
- Disabled: 6.50 €
- Group adults: 6 €
- Group children : 5 €
There are a couple of exceptions that you should take note of before you book your ticket:
- Entry is free for children less than 4 years of age as well as for drivers.
- Children ages 4 to 12 can use the “child” rate
- There is also a group rate available if your party is greater than 25 people
Grab your family and bring some food and drink as the gardens also feature picnic areas for visitors so you can enjoy the beautiful weather during your visit.
Other Activities Around the Butterfly Farm
Your date of adventure doesn’t need to stop at one spot. The Butterfly Farm is located in Die — and, fortunately for you, the park is just one of the many attractions that Die offers for the day. These family-friendly options allow you to experience the natural beauty of hiking trails and cycling tracks entirely on your own time. And many of these, like the Col de Rousset bike track, are free. In fact, you can hit up Tripadvisor and find an experience that suits your desires. Die is part of the larger Drome department of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in France. There’s quite a few signature places to experience around the park, including sites like wineries and vineyards, trendy restaurants, and beautiful cathedrals. That’s not surprising because, for miles around you, the Drome area is full of picturesque trails that you can visit and either on foot or by bike.
The Cathedral Notre-Dame de Die is just one example of a fantastic site worth visiting. This beautiful, rustic church offers a spiritual respite from the hubbub of your trip. Or, if you’ve become inspired by the butterflies, you might want to visit the Miellerie l’abdille du Vercors. It offers visitors a chance to be whisked away into the world of bees and beekeepers instead. You can learn more about the nature of these curious, hardworking insects and purchase some of the locally-produced honey while you’re there.