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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. 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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  • Found the experience very interesting. Children are very excited to share the beauty of flying butterflies  more »
  • If you go in the summer be prepared to sweat!!! Wear a bright colored shirt and the butterflies will land on you. Great for kids.  more »
  • This is a beautiful natural setting. It;s a geat hands on place for children to learn all about butterflies.  more »