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Address: 3215 Hull Road, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Phone Number: +1 352-846-2000
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The many gorgeous butterflies were a delight to watch in this tropical rainforest setting. There are benches to sit and contemplate the flight of these intensely coloured... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Humboldt, Canada
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Humboldt, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The many gorgeous butterflies were a delight to watch in this tropical rainforest setting. There are benches to sit and contemplate the flight of these intensely coloured creatures. Staff was helpful and always willing to answer questions.

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Orlando, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I had been to a butterfly garden in Key West, so I somewhat knew what to expect. But seeing hundreds of butterflies frolicking around you just never gets old. The butterflies were so close and would land us. The diversity of butterflies was amazing. Just a wonderful experience, and you can go at your own pace. There are guides there... More 

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North Carolina mountains
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The rainforest butterfly exhibit is serene, beautiful. I could spend 2 hours in this alone, if I didn’t have a bored 6 year old with me. The butterfly “release” was hardly that. It was an information talk about some species that are let go during the talk. It is interesting, and I am glad I went, but it was a... More 

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great place to see butterflies of all kinds. Also see butterflies before they are released. Several times a day they release more and an employee provides interesting information about each type of butterfly and explains where they come from, etc. This is a must see in Gainesville. Have been several times and I could spend hours in there looking at... More 

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

It's a must do and the museum too! After seeing the awesome Butterfly's, my teenager had a blast taking pictures of the t-rex as though it was chasing her. It's a great doable museum for the entire family, old grandparents too:)

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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a special part of the museum and requires an additional fee. It was worth it. It's a lovely meandering little path in a rainforest like setting. We saw lots of butterflies and birds. The staff was very helpful when answering questions. The entire butterfly exhibit is very interesting.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Saw that this was rated #1 by Trip Advisor - went there last Saturday and can definitely see why it is #1. The large number and variety of butterflies was very impressive. Several butterflies actually landed on members of our party. This would be a great place to spend hours watching the butterflies, but the Florida Museum of Natural History... More 

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Unbelievable amount and variety of butterfly species. There are plenty of volunteers to answer questions, and they even have butterfly/moth releases throughout the day. Bring lots of film, and plan to be there for a while.

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Naples, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The family had a great time seeing the butterflies. So many different types and LOTS of them! It was fun seeing them eat from flowers and even land on us! I would recommend this to all ages. My boys are ages 8, 5 and 10 months. I will have to say it was a bit crowded. But well worth it!

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Mcalpin, Fl
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Even my youngest grandchildren loved the beautiful butterflies and amazing plants and streams. They really love the family of tiny little birds that nest in the wall areas near the rocks. Stand still for a few minutes and one or more butterflies will rest on your head, shoulders and arms. If you wear colorful clothing and/or perfumes, you are guaranteed... More 

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