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National Butterfly Center

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3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572-5091
+1 956-583-5400
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Excellent excursion for family. The children and adults enjoyed every minute there. The weather... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
maryln318
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Mission, Texas
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Great all around

Went on an overcast day so no butterflies were around (I sort of expected this) but I found the... read more

Reviewed February 22, 2018
mattmurphy85
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Austin, Texas
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The National Butterfly Center is the pilot project of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), a nonprofit organization committed to environmental conservation and education. It is located in Mission, Texas, because the Rio Grande Valley is home to the greatest volume and variety of butterflies species in the United States. Just 10 years ago, this 100-acre parcel of land along the banks of the Rio Grande River was a commercial onion field. Today, it is the largest botanical garden in the United States focused on propagating native plants for pollinators in formal gardens and wildscapes. This nature preserve contains a Hackberry Forest and several species of endangered plants and animals. Expect season variations and changes subject to rainfall, temperatures, etc. THE NATIONAL BUTTERFLY CENTER IS NOT A BUTTERFLY HOUSE. All wildlife found in the NABA Section of the Lower Rio Grande Wildlife Conservation Area, which includes a National Wildlife Refuge tract and Bentsen-RGV State Park, is free-roaming. The National Butterfly Center features walking trails and two birding areas, as well as a photography blind. Our butterfly and bird lists may be found on our website. PLEASE NOTE: Butterflies prefer sunny days, with temperatures above 70 degrees, so days like this are the best for enjoying the wild, free-flying butterflies. The peak of butterfly season normally occurs in late October/early November, and may continue until the first prolonged cold snap. To see what's happening now, check our Facebook page for photos, programs, and other announcements, or look under the tab 'IN THE NEWS' on our website. Handicapped parking available, with many accessible areas.
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3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572-5091
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent excursion for family. The children and adults enjoyed every minute there. The weather was perfect

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Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

Went on an overcast day so no butterflies were around (I sort of expected this) but I found the visit worthwhile anyways. We arrived as they were feeding the birds so we decided to check it out. We ended up spending the majority of the...More

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Reviewed November 28, 2017

We happened to visit on Thanksgiving Day, and the center was officially closed except to members and volunteers, but the gate was open so we visited. We encountered two volunteers and they gave us a great education in all things butterfly. We saw and photographed...More

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Reviewed November 27, 2017

I love this place because of the different animals you can find here. It is never the same. It's usually quiet here, you can go for a walk, take pictures, donate food for the animals (bananas, bird seed, apples, oranges),watch them eat, meet other bird...More

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Reviewed November 25, 2017

The actual center was closed but we walked through the back area and there were so many butterflies floating around the plants. The volunteers were there to speak to us and if we want help they were available. This is not supposed to be pristine...More

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Reviewed November 11, 2017

If you're a nature lover, this place is not to be missed. An outstanding experience for children of all ages (into their 60s and 70s too). The butterflies you will see here are simply unbelievable. The staff is very warm and welcoming, generous with their...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017

My wife and I just returned from our first trip to the Texas Butterfly Festival and had an terrific time. The Festival is 3 days of guided trips to your choice of locations each day. The Butterfly Center itself is a wonderful garden full of...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

A calm environment conserving the natural and delicate. I recommend a visit if you've ever been a sensitive person or believe in the Butterfly effect. Clean, friendly, and with free parking.

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Reviewed June 3, 2017

They feed both butterflies and birds on a regular basis so that your chances of seeing a great diversity is enhanced. Nice visitor's center and everyone we met was very helpful.

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Reviewed May 10, 2017 via mobile

We visited the National Butterfly Center with anticipation for a few sightings! Wow all I can say is that butterflies were everywhere! Be prepared to walk, trails are stone or dirt as well as uneven. So for those with mobility issues be careful. The facility...More

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Marianna W, Manager at National Butterfly Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 12, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review! And yes, we suffered a microburst event (similar to a tornado) last Memorial Day weekend, and continue to clean up dead and fallen trees and other losses from the impact of the event. Fortunately, fallen trees and organic debris...More

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Hi, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, they nest 13 - 20 ft in the air. Nesting behavior is different from regular flight, hunting and travel behavior. The Ferruginous pygmy owl is just one example of birds that... More
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