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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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  • I had heard so many good things about Butterfly Rainforest and deceided to check it out. My first impression was that the exhibit itself is VERY small. The Butterfly Rainforest looks like a small plex...  more »
  • What an amazing and wonderful place. My daughter and granddaughter loved the butterflies flying all around and landing on you. Many colorful ones too  more »
  • The exhibits, butterflies and frogs were absolutely fantastic to see and watch!! We thoroughly enjoyed the butterfly rainforest and saw so many different species flying so close to us. Everywhere you ...  more »

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