It may feel like summer year-round in South Florida, but that’s really an illusion. The seasons here come and go just like anywhere else. And if you want to bask in the beauty of butterflies, late summer is the best time. At the Deering Estate at Cutler’s Summer Butterfly Walk, you can spend a September morning ambling across the grounds in search of several rare, elegant species of former caterpillars. Guests will walk with a Deering Estate naturalist through various habitats in search of Dina Yellow, Dingy Purplewing, and Atala butterflies, as well as others of the nearly 40 species that are onsite.
The walk takes place Saturday, September 26 (aka THIS WEEKEND!) from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Deering Estate at Cutler (16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay). It’s free with regular estate admission: $12 for adults, $7 for children (ages 4 to 14), and free for Deering Estate Foundation members.
Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archaeological and historic preserve that offers unique opportunities to experience Florida’s natural resources. Visitors enjoy daily tours of historic homes, hikes through the lush natural areas, opportunities to examine fossils and tools left behind by pre-historic humans, and much more. The Deering Estate is a cultural and educational facility that offers classes and programs for children and adults, as well as rental space for special social functions. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, which manages the property on behalf of the State of Florida.