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The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

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Address: 6750 McGulpin Street, Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Phone Number: 906-847-3972
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We enjoyed learning names of butterflies and the gift shop is full of scientific learning toys! The list of butterfly names and pictures made it fun to look for the different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
cadillacandchevy
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I use a wheelchair and was pleased with the design as it was worth the push up the hill. The house takes less than a half hour to go through and the insect world portion is underwhelming. However, if you've never been in a room with hundreds of butterflies flying all around you, it's worth the experience.

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Thank Jimwolf19
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We are constantly adding to and improving insect world, it is a continuing process, maintaining live exhibits. The bee hive was a new addition last year. We are constantly looking for new exhibits that help to create a fun, educational experience for those of all ages. We are always looking... More 

Davison, Michigan
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You dont really see alot of butterfly's. The ones you do see you have to squint your eyes thru all the flowers and trees.

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Thank wwwbmw3504
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

We are sorry that you weren't pleased with your visit to the Butterfly House & Insect World. Did you see our insect world? We have an observation bee hive, giant leaf insects, tarantula's and various reptiles on display that are often taken our for hands on opportunities. On the day you visited was the weather bad? We have over 800... More 

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed learning names of butterflies and the gift shop is full of scientific learning toys! The list of butterfly names and pictures made it fun to look for the different butterflies. The hatching chrysalis room was so neat to see!

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Thank cadillacandchevy
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

Thank you so much for all of your positive feedback. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Were able to see a butterfly emerge? It truly is a magical thing to witness. We try to focus on education at the butterfly house and we aim to provide a fun learning experience that can be continued at... More 

Carlyle, Illinois, United States
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15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We weren't expecting to find such a treasure on the island. It was a little pricey, but well worth the experience. The staff was knowledgeable and appeared to be enthusiastic to share their knowledge.

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Thank JoAnn S
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

We are so glad that you enjoyed your time with us! Our staff is very passionate about all of our animals and environmental conservation, we love being able to share our love with all of our guests. Thank you so much for your feedback, please come see us again soon. More 

Bowler, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time to the butterfly house. They have a display showing butterflies hatching from their cocoons. The actual butterfly house was smaller than I anticipated, but it was really neat and they had a large variety of butterflies. The kids also really enjoyed the experience

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Thank Stetzomatic
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are a smaller facility, but it is a wonderful environment to see the butterflies up close and to have the full experience of 800 butterflies in flight. We are very happy that you enjoyed your time with us. Please come visit us again soon, we also give out wristbands so that... More 

Beloit, Ohio, United States
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62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this butterfly house instead of the other one basically because it had other creepy crawly things in frames. The butterflies are flying everywhere. Some will land and you can get a chance to take a picture or just look at them closely. Some never seem to stop at all. They will land on you if you are... More 

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Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your time with us. The walk from the ferry lines is about five blocks, past the marina and yes, quite a few beautiful estates, it usually takes about ten minutes. Please come visit us again soon! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed touring the Butterfly House behind St. Ann's Catholic Church. It is amazing to see so many beautiful butterflies in one area. They fly all around you and even land on you if you are still. You can go back as many times as you want while you are visiting the Island.

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Thank Patzplayce
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

Yes, we do offer wristbands so you can return as many times as you'd like while on the island. And you, know it is good luck when a butterfly lands on you! We are very happy that you enjoyed your visit with us. Thank you for your feedback, please come visit us again soon! More 

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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While somewhat small, there are lots of beautiful butterflies flying right past and sometimes even landing on people! Lots of varieties and beautiful colors, and a printed guide you can look at (and take home) to identify the kinds. After the butterflies, there is a room with some other critters. We were looking at some when a young lady who... More 

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Thank Stephanie S
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! That's great that you were able to meet Falcore and handle some of our giant cave cockroaches. Our staff is extremely passionate about our insects and various animals. We strive to create a fun, educational, hands-on experience for those of all ages. For next time, if you are on the island for multiple... More 

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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place to visit. We were greeted by a very friendly young woman at the entrance, she explained the facility to us, and sent us on our way. Once inside we were greeted by a man that you know is a teacher, before he tells you. The kind of teacher that you are blessed to have. The... More 

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Thank dominique7412
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your time with us! The man you talked to is also the owner of the butterfly house, since he has taken over, the educational aspect as greatly increased. Our staff is very passionate about our butterflies and we love being able to share our love for... More 

Little Rock, Arkansas
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113 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was only my second butterfly house to visit, but it was as good as the one in Key West. Lots and lots of butterflies. One even landed on my hand while I was talking to my husband and it stayed there examining me! A bonus is the last room where they have many other creatures from honeybees to lizards... More 

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Thank Deborah W
Butterfly H, Manager at The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World, responded to this review

We are extremely happy that you enjoyed your visit with us, and that a butterfly landed on you! It's good luck when that happens! Thank you so much for all of your positive feedback. We look forward to your next visit :) More 

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