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Butterfly Rainforest

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3215 Hull Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
+1 352-846-2000
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So cool

When I was a little girl my school would take us to this place as a field trip. I used to think it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mxriainc
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Gainesville, Florida
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Great time in a great place.

You Are There! Such a fine time to be immersed in a world of butterflies 🦋. They’re so close and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Randolph D
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The Butterfly Rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot screened exhibit exposed to typical Florida weather conditions, resulting in a more natural environment for the butterflies and plants. This living exhibit features hundreds of free-flying butterflies, typically 60-80 species at any given time, birds from around the world and an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand. The lush landscape is planted in tropical trees and colorful flowering plants amid waterfalls and a walking path. Skilled interpretive staff are available to help answer questions and provide visitors with a personal and highly engaging experience. View live butterfly releases Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3215 Hull Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

When I was a little girl my school would take us to this place as a field trip. I used to think it was so cool to be able to enter a place where all these amazing little butterflies are. It’s still such a neat...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You Are There! Such a fine time to be immersed in a world of butterflies 🦋. They’re so close and so beautiful. A special place.

Thank Randolph D
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Randolph D, Thank you for the review and compliments. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a top stop if you're in Gainesville. So beautiful and peaceful. Family setting, and good price.

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Dear Ligia P, Thanks for your review and compliments. We’re pleased you enjoyed your experience and hope you have the opportunity to visit again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Imagine a scenario under the sound of pouring water, leaves waving under the wind and where the tall trees will keep continuous shade... then place the most beautiful tropical plants, flowers of every color and add the sudden movements of colorful butterflies. Many butterflies, many...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Haradja T, Thank you for the review and compliments. We’te pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a decent close encounter with butterflies. The rainforest is rather small, don't expect to be able to spend more than 15-20 minutes over there. but it is a lush and beautiful site. Kids will have the opportunity to become close enough to non-disturbed...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Maha E, Thank you for your review. To clarify for those who may not be aware, guests are welcome to come back inside the Museum to cool off, use the restroom or visit the other exhibits, and may reenter the Butterfly Rainforest. The fall,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently went to a butterfly exhibit in the National History Museum. It had nothing on the Butterfly Rainforest here in Gainesville. I believe the one here is the best in the country

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi 544school, Thanks so much for the compliment and review. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and hope you will have the opportunity to visit again. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve had the Privilege of viewing several University Lepidoptera facilities-this is very impressive to me. If you’re in the Gainesville area this would be on a must see list.More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello and thanks for your comments and review. We are the world's largest Lepidoptera research facility overall, though the Rainforest exhibit is not the largest and only a small part of the Florid Museum's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. We hope you have an...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inexpensive afternoon diversion. Plan it with something else for a full afternoon since it does not take a lot of time.

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi David, Thanks for taking the time to comment. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always take out-of-town visitors here. It's so great to get up close with the beautiful butterflies. There are so many varieties. The flora is gorgeous as well. The only drawback is that it's so hot and stuffy on a warm day.More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello junekid, Thanks for the review and we're pleased to hear you enjoy the Butterfly Rainforest. Unfortunately, with the exhibit being an outdoor screened enclosure, it is subject to weather conditions. If possible, we recommend trying to visit in the fall or spring when temperatures...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It's a beautiful adventure on a nice paved path through a tropical jungle with happy colorful butterflies everywhere. The staff could even tell me about plants. Very scenic for being indoors.More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi altfrau, We’re pleased you enjoyed the Butterfly Rainforest. To clarify, the exhibit is an outdoor screened enclosure. But we do have many guests who are as interested in the variety of plants as they are the butterflies. Thanks for the review and we hope...More

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28 June 2018|
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Lucian B's answer is correct: "The Florida Museum of Natural History allows the use of trained service animals by individuals with disabilities in public Museum areas. Comfort animals, emotional support animals and pets are... More
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Marie C
27 May 2018|
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Hi - The Butterfly Rainforest is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the address is 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611. Our hours and admission are listed on our website as others have mentioned. Yes, the... More
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Marty D
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Hi Marty D, Admission is $13 for adults ($11 for Fla residents and 62+), $6 for ages 3-17 and free for ages 2 and under, Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. We hope to see you soon! Paul Ramey
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