Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville

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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. Arrange your visit to Butterfly Rainforest and discover more family-friendly attractions in Gainesville using our Gainesville trip itinerary maker website .
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  • October 2, 2017
    There are many kinds of butterflies and small birds..... Very beautiful They prepare bananas and apple chips for them. You can see they stay there and eat. Butterflies sometimes stay on your shoulder....  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Don't be in a hurry. Eat before you take the kids. This is a magic place. You have to slow down and let it come to you. It is as close to the rain forest as you will get.  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I visited after seeing #1 on Trip Advisor. (9/30/17). Despite rain shower, it was fun to see many exotic butterflies. High recommendation for family visit. Please instruct children not to grab the but...  more »

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