Lisa and I went to the Butterfly House in Faust Park today. I've never been there before and it was very interesting. They have a little lobby filled with informative displays and a movie room where you can watch and learn about the lifecycle of a butterfly in 16 minutes. I learned quite a few new interesting things about the creatures and it allowed me to marvel a bit deeper at them when we actually made our way into the greenhouse room. It's a nice room, filled with lush plants and picnic benches to sit at and watch the winged creations flit from here to there. There's a nice little pond and waterfall which are an excellent spot to have your picture taken at.
The Butterfly House is actually only one building in Faust Park. There is an historic village of antiquated structures which are quite intriguing in and of themselves. One other cool thing in the park is an 80 year old carousel. They have it housed inside a nice air conditioned building, and for $1 you can let it take you for a spin. Old carousels are just plain neat, with the hand-carved wooden horses. The music that accompanied your ride was produced by a seperate automatic band machine, which I am guessing was at least 50 years old. The whole experience was relaxing and fun.
For lunch we had a nice little picnic on the grounds. What a fun afternoon trip! You can view some pictures of it here.