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Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville

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Wildlife Area
Perfectly mimicking a lush, tropical ecosystem, Butterfly Rainforest is one of the main attractions of the Florida Museum of Natural History. The large outdoor enclosure is adjacent to the main building and houses hundreds of butterflies from around the world, as well as tropical birds, fish, and turtles. Admire the free-flying butterflies as you wander the habitat, featuring trees, flowering plants, waterfalls, and a pond. You might have the pleasant surprise of a butterfly landing on you. The releases of newly-hatched butterflies occurs daily, weather permitting. While general admission to the museum is free, you have to purchase a ticket to enter the rainforest. Plan your Butterfly Rainforest visit and explore what else you can see and do in Gainesville using our Gainesville itinerary builder.
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  • The Florida Museum of Natural History has one of the largest butterfly collections in the World-that's right THE WORLD! Great place to go alone, or even take out of town guests. Walking through the Ra...  more »
  • this is a very beautiful, relaxing garden with butterflies all around you , tropical forest feeling. This is a part of the Florida Museum of NaturalHistory whinch changes topices often. Worth going to...  more »
  • This was one of the main reasons for my impromptu trip to Gainesville. The Butterfly Rainforest is attached to a museum with all things butterflies as well as 2 gift shops. I had such a wonderful time...  more »