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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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I always take out-of-town visitors here. It's so great to get up close with the beautiful... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
junekid
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Time Fluttered by

It's a beautiful adventure on a nice paved path through a tropical jungle with happy colorful... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
altfrau
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
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

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 yesterday

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 1 week 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

Thank altfrau
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

What an enchanting place-this would be PERFECT for smaller weddings or maybe engagement dates. Staff is very friendly and the butterflies are in such a gorgeous habitat, it makes you want to find a meadow!

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

Hi PrestonPrince_9, Thank you for the compliments and review. We do host weddings, receptions and other rental events in the Butterfly Rainforest and main Museum. I'm not allowed to post a link here, but more information is available on our website. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place would appeal to a wide variety of people (different walks of life and different ages). This screen-enclosed structure replicates the tropical rain forest habitat that butterflies like. There is a wide-variety of tropical plants that serve as food plants for the butterflies. The...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for kids, with regular butterfly releases and short talks by experts who can answer questions. Beautiful landscaping. It is outside and can be quite hot in summer--but you can then re-enter the museum, which is air-conditioned, and has dinosaur skeletons and exhibits interesting...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here when our daughter visited and had a fantastic day! The varieties are beautiful and the talks were so informative. The exhibits are exceptional! Will be going back even though it’s quite a drive from where we live - we’ll worth the trip!!

Thank Dawn V C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit this place every year when we have guests visiting from out of state. Very relaxing and a great place to get beautiful photos of butterflies. They also have small quail/birds that hide in the bushes so make sure you look for them.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a truly amazing time. You have to be careful not to touch them because you could get them sick. However, it was amazing watching so many different species in one place. :)

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

Hi Jerry H, We’re glad you enjoyed the experience and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking in a rainforest and having the wonderful volunteers explain information about butterflies and to have butterflies flying all around - what an experience!

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

Hi MaryKit, We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 1 week ago

. . . but this one is top notch. This is a research facility as well as an attraction. Tons of butterflies and small tropical birds. Nice path through the facility. Be aware that everything closes at 5 and they eliminate access to the butterflies...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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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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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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