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Butterfly Rainforest

SW 34th St. and Hull Road, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
352 846-2000
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is such a fun and beautiful place to go. It's a different experience every time you visit. We managed to catch a butterfly release which was very informative. The staff member talked about each type of butterfly that she was releasing. It really added to the experience.

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Wichita, Kansas
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8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I had seen billboards on the highway for the Butterfly Rainforest and we drive through Gainesville on our way from Kansas to Central Florida, so we decided to stop this trip. What a beautiful Butterfly House! Hundreds of butterflies flittering about... benches available for you to just sit and enjoy watching them go by! After leaving that area, you can... More

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Poinciana, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great visit. Allow about 3 hours to see all. Lots of butterflies, many varieties and colors. Really enjoyed seeing all of them flying around.

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Gainesville, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

You can watch just hatched butterflies dry their wings. The garden area has 100s/1000s of the most amazing butterflies. There is Koi pond that dissects the entire garden.

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a pleasant visit to a beautiful museum! We had new cameras and wanted to test them. The guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. We went at opening (10AM) and it was quiet and already WARM. Be sure to take a bottle of water. Also, lucky for us, there is an exhibit RE "The evolution of the dog" - very... More

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Doha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A small space but an amazing amount of butterflies of all shapes and sizes. Worth a visit, especially if you have toddlers or older children.

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Williston, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Butterfly Museum is a neat place to visit. There are lots of beautiful things to see from the butterflies and the unusual trees and greenery. I suggest you go during the cooler months.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

chilled out place. informative about butterflies and how they grow. theres an outdoor area where they release some butterflies and one of them landed on my feet which was a unique experience. one of the staff was very unfriendly and told me off for touching the butterfly although i didn't! entrance is free if you have a gator one ID... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

You need to see this. Except for the beaches, it is probably the most beautiful thing you will see in Florida. The sound of rushing water takes your mind to a easier more relaxing state of existence. It is difficult to tell just how pretty the butterflies and birds are that live inside the garden.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Great staging of the rainforest with a little trail running through it. Plenty of butterflies to ooh and ahh at. Fun to spot the butterflies that are camouflaged. Doesn't take very long to do the exhibit, so great if you are limited on time. As a bonus, you might get to see the quail living in the forest!

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