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Butterfly Rainforest

Address: SW 34th St. and Hull Road, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
Phone Number: 352 846-2000
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Gainesville, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Beautiful foliage, waterfall, pathway around the foliage, and small ground quail and butterflies everywhere.

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Wisconsin
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17 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This place was one of the highlights of a recent trip to Gainesville. Very interesting display of butterfly species on the wall before you go into the rainforest. Also be sure to walk past the desk at the entrance to view the butterfly pupa that show live butterflies developing. The garden itself is small and lovely. The butterflies are everywhere.... More 

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Gainesville, Florida
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33 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Much smaller than I expected. You do see a decent variety of butterflys but honestly it's not worth the entry price. If your extremely into butterflys it may be worth it, but if your not its not going to "blow you away".

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Ocala, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

When you go , make sure it is a SUNNY day. You will see many more butterflies. The sun and warm weather brings everything to life...

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Maitland, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

What a gorgeous place! I have never seen such a variety of butterflies in my life (apparently over 80 species of butterfly and moth at any given time). There was also an educational butterfly release that was very interesting. In addition, there were beautiful plants, birds, and other creatures. This place is a must-see!

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Find out when they release the new butterflies, that is the best time to go! Also, be able to take some time and enjoy. this is not an attraction where you just run through it.

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Tampa, Florida
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There are printed handbooks and staff onsite to help you identify butterlies. A couple times a day they do a butterfly release, which is fun to watch. The flowers and plants are also lovely.

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Orange, TX
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We have visited here often with our grandson and family and enjoy each visit. The butterflies are in a climate controlled enclosure similar to a rainforest. Before entering, there is a very interesting educational area dedicated to archeological items indigenous to Florida. This is a fun and educational attraction for all ages.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was fun looking for butterflies hiding in the plants. Every time we found one, it was like finding a treasure. Amazing foliage, fav place in Gainesville. In warm weather, they fly all over and often land on people.

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Sarasota, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Magical and peaceful to watch the butterflies and listen to the trickling of the stream/waterfalls. They also have areas where you can watch the butterflies emerge from their chrysalis. Great learning experience for children and adults.

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