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Butterfly Rainforest

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3215 Hull Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
+1 352-846-2000
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Very well put together exhibit worth spending a couple hours in. We paid for the butterfly release... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Charlie C
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Cedar Point, North Carolina
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Excellent place! Kids and adults will love it!

After graduation, we brought the entire family here, kids to grandparents and great uncles and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
mzbh2016
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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The Butterfly Rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot screened exhibit exposed to typical Florida weather conditions, resulting in a more natural environment for the butterflies and plants. This living exhibit features hundreds of free-flying butterflies, typically 60-80 species at any given time, birds from around the world and an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand. The lush landscape is planted in tropical trees and colorful flowering plants amid waterfalls and a walking path. Skilled interpretive staff are available to help answer questions and provide visitors with a personal and highly engaging experience. View live butterfly releases Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.
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3215 Hull Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very well put together exhibit worth spending a couple hours in. We paid for the butterfly release (goes every hour) and to be honest, I would of been ok with just walking through. Only a few butterflies get released. The museum is larger than expected...More

Thank Charlie C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

After graduation, we brought the entire family here, kids to grandparents and great uncles and aunts. My parents loved the butterfly that were everywhere. The environment was relaxing and super organized.

Thank mzbh2016
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi mzbh2016, Thank you for taking the time to comment and we’re pleased to hear your entire family enjoyed the exhibit. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I took my one year old daughter and she was in owe. Absolutely loved it. Must see in Gainesville. Plus the museum is top notch.

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Colinclif, Thanks for the kind words. We’re glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 6 days ago

$5 entry. Really cool. Some of the older volunteers are a little close so to speak. Overall really cool thing to see. The butterflies will even land on you.More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi 712mildred, Thanks for the review and we’re glad you enjoyed your visit. To clarify, Butterfly Rainforest exhibit admission is $13, or $11 for Florida residents and seniors, and $6 for ages 3-17. Value admission that also includes the current featured exhibit is a little...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Going to the butterfly rainforest was a unique experience. Whoever designed it did a great job as it is alive with waterfalls, small ponds, beautiful foliage and flowers and lots of butterflies!!! They must have over a thousand butterflies or so it seems. And not...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi briantallman3, We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. You're correct, there often are more than 1,000 butterflies in the exhibit, and typically between 60-80 species at any given time. In addition to the 2 p.m. releases, we also offer additional weekend releases...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

There are a lot of exotic, colorful butterflies flying around, from all over the world. Butterflies are more active when it is sunny and warm. The garden itself is pretty and well kept, the staff/volunteers inside have a lot of information to share and they...More

Thank lucianb906
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi lucianb906, Thank you for the review and compliments. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 6 days ago

Learned more about butterflies and the different types. There were a lot of species to see. The habitat was extensive. A good place to visit if you want to see something interesting and relaxing.

Thank Phantomphi
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Phantomphi, Thank you for taking the time to review the exhibit and we're glad you enjoyed your visit. Please visit again when you have the opportunity. The exhibit changes throughout the year with the types of plants and butterflies displayed. Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a lovely indoor walk through a magical garden like environment with all kinds of beautiful butterflies. They will lightly land on you and give you a close up look at them. Even my boys were calmed by the experience. There is some cool...More

Thank Emily W
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Emily W, I'm glad to hear you and your boys enjoyed your visit and thank you so much for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul R

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Reviewed 1 week ago

There are TONS of butterflies in this lovely botanical walk-through. My husband and I were astonished at the number and different kinds that you could see! It is worth the price.

Thank Victoria S
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Victoria S, Thank you for the compliments and we’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We typically display between 60-80 species at any given time in the exhibit. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love butterflies this is a must see place to go. Have been to butterfly locations in a few places and this was is at the top of the list. I personally collect Blue Morpho butterflies and they had many beautiful examples. I enjoyed...More

Thank Susanne S
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Susanne S, We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the kind review! The fall and early winter when temperatures begin to fall is a great time to photograph the Blue Morpho. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards,...More

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Marie C
May 27, 2018|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hi - The Butterfly Rainforest is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the address is 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611. Our hours and admission are listed on our website as others have mentioned. Yes, the... More
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Marty D
February 24, 2018|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hi Marty D, Admission is $13 for adults ($11 for Fla residents and 62+), $6 for ages 3-17 and free for ages 2 and under, Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. We hope to see you soon! Paul Ramey
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blazer2123
February 24, 2018|
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Hello, I thought the question was specifically asking about Butterfly Rainforest admission so I provided pricing for that exhibit. General Museum admission is free, though donations are accepted. There is only a change for... More
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