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Cockrell Butterfly Center

Address: 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX (The Museum District)
Phone Number: 713-639-4629
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Ranked #14 of 133 Attractions in Houston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a...
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Type: Science Museums, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot waterfall and exotic plants transport visitors.

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Houston, Texas
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82 reviews 82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of butterflies to see. The garden is very well done including waterfalls and an active bee hive (in glass).

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Houston,Texas
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31 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Parking can be a challenge but most of it is free, just drive around the streets of Hermann Park till you get one. The tour requires a medium amount of walking and takes about an hour to enjoy the trails, butterflies and lovely flowers in the atrium. It can be a bit warm, so be ready to shed your jacket... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Loved that one could walk around with the butterflies. There didn't seem to be a lot of different species on the day we were there and there was no docent to answer our questions on the day we went although we looked around for someone.

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Kent
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Lovely staff that were helpfull. Very disappointed with how many butterflies were Not there......saw very few that were on the handout that we were given to watch out for! .

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Lancaster, California
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55 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The butterfly center is designed to resemble a rainforest (3-story glass structure with a 50-foot waterfall). The day we visited was rainy outside and the butterflies didn’t seem too active even though the center is indoors, but we had a nice time seeing the ones that were out. Worth the cover charge: $6.00 with the CityPass.

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Perth, Australia
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

While living in Houston we visited the Butterfly house regularly. Great for kids and adults. If you are lucky the butterflies will land on you. The bees behind the glass windows entering and exiting are great too and the discovery area is educational and fun. Loved the exhibits of stick insects, spiders, bugs etc...very nice attraction in a great city.

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New Delhi, India
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Yes. That's how it felt walking around with so many butterflies flitting around you. Few even landed on my fingers and stayed there for quite a long while. First time in my life did I see a butterfly emerging from a pupa. It was an amazing experience.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

What a beautiful environment so lush with flora and fauna. Lovely flowers surround you and butterflies hover over you. Be prepared to have them land on you. Early in the morning if the sun is not shining yet, the butterflies will be scarce, but when the sun comes out they're all over the place. At the very bottom, near the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We brought our two kids on a Saturday morning, but that was an awesome experience for everyone! Be sure to book your tickets before as sometimes it gets busy with school-groups. Not the unique museum like this, but deserves a visit.

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Houston, Texas
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3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My family and I go to the butterfly center at least once a year. This visit was remarkable because there seemed to be more butterflies than ever, and they were very active, flying all over the place. Really a great visit. Check online for coupons.

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