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Cockrell Butterfly Center

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Address: 1 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, TX
Phone Number: 713-639-4629
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed...
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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Truly Inspiring!

You will be in awe of these marvelous creatures and the beauty of Nature. Enter the bio- sphere and let all kinds of butterflies fly above and around you. They even land on you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

You will be in awe of these marvelous creatures and the beauty of Nature. Enter the bio- sphere and let all kinds of butterflies fly above and around you. They even land on you if you stand still.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

this is a very cool place, though not a museum exactly, but be prepared to have some gorgeous butterflies land on your shoulder!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We have always taken visitors there and it was funny to discover that some children react to butterflies as unwelcome insects! Serene and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Who wouldn't love to wander through beautiful and exotic plants while rare and stunning butterflies flutter past. It's a beautiful place where children are easily entertained (keep them on the path) and adults can enjoy some high humidity and clean air and all will learn something. Great place any time!

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Youngstown, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The butterflies were beautiful and plentiful, although I was unable to find all that were listed. Seemed to be a lot of the same. Cost can be prohibitive. Purchased through a Groupon voucher which was great!

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College Station, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It was interesting to learn about where the butterflies come from. There are many, many plants and many kinds of butterflies. You can pick a spot and sit and watch, then move and watch someplace else for a while. It is a bit warm and humid, but not intolerable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

It is a delightful place and it is magical. Seeing the variety of butterflies is so exciting. I love that this place exists and is supported by Houston.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is inside the Houston museum of natural science. Try wearing a bright colored dresses and you will be sure experience some butterflies trying to come closer to you...there are 1000s of butterflies inside the artificial rain forest and a waterfall. immense yourself for few minutes inside the butterfly center. dont miss out the insects collections inside the exhibit to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

To really enjoy this experience takes time and patience. My son knelt to observe some butterflies and eventually others landed on and near him. He was transfixed. By summer afternoons the humidity and heat are stifling so try to go early and when it's less crowded so you can move at your own pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Interesting and educational! Butterflies light on your shoulder as you learn about them. Exhibit is located in the Museum of Natural Science.

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