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“Don't waste yourtime or money!” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Butterfly Palace

The Butterfly Palace
Ranked #22 of 167 things to do in Branson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Walk among over 1,000 live tropical butterflies! At The Butterfly Palace & Rainforest Adventure, guests can walk among thousands of live butterflies from around the world! Each journey also includes a 3-D movie about the incredible life of a butterfly, a chance to check out some amazing creatures in the Rainforest Critter Center, and a chance to get lost in the Emerald Forest Mirror Maze. This is an interactive, educational, and entertaining adventure the whole family will love!
Escatawpa, MS Gulf Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Don't waste yourtime or money!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2008

I've been in the butterfly house at the Chattanooga Aquarium and really enjoyed it, so after reading the brochure for Butterfly Palace, it seemed it would be an awesome place for a family to visit. I was so wrong. It was so pathetic and so expensive. We even had coupons and saved $15, paying $45 total for 4 and still feel we wasted our money. They didn't even want to honor their coupons until I insisted it was false advertising if they didn't.

The people working the registers were so slow, and you had to stand in line with people buying stuff from the huge pricey gift store (that takes up the bulk of the "palace") just to pay your admission. We visited on a Wednesday in the middle of October, 2008.

My daughter loves butterflies, and of all the great things we had planned for our vacation in Branson, she was looking forward to seeing this the most. She was really disappointed. The butterfly "Palace" turned out to be a small butterfly habitat with one area closed off for maintenance. There were some live butterflies, and a lot of dead ones laying around. Where were the "thousands?" We saw a few dozen, maybe a hundred at the most in the whole place. And there were only a few varieties- most were all the same of 4 or 5 species.

The environment was not very nice, either. A lot of the plants looked unhealthy, the feeders looked like they had not been cleaned lately, and we even smelled one that was fermented.

The environment where the butterflies are kept was very crowded, also, and this was on a rainy Wednesday in October! That is to say, it was crowded because it was so small, that a few families filled it up.

The "Insect Zoo" was a huge let-down as well. My son is really into insects and spiders and all creepy-crawlies. And he loves to learn about the rainforest, so according to the brochure he would love it and never want to leave. Well, they had a few aquariums with a few frogs, lizards, milipedes and roaches. There was no rainforest environment. Most of the aquariums appeared to have nothing alive in them. My son was totally bored.

The most "enjoyable" things about the place were the 3-D movie (only about 15 minutes, and the star of the show, a butterfly, gets eaten by a preying mantiss at the end), and the mirror maze. The kids had fun in the maze.

It's just a shame, because it really could have been great. If you ever get to Chattanooga, go to the aquarium and visit the butterfly house. You'll get more than your money's worth by the time you visit both buildings - so plan to spend plenty of time there!

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Texas City Texas
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“Absolutely Love it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2008

I have read some of the reviews and just don't understand the negative comments. We visited the Butterfly Palace last September (2007) and was the first place I wanted to go in Branson when we came back this October (2008). There is a very large abundance of butterflies and flowers in the rain forest plus a very nice display of reptiles in another room. This is a photographers dream world.
Pricey? Yes! However, everything is pricey in Branson and there are lots of place to get free discount coupons.
I know of no other place where you can view close up such a varitey of beautiful butterflies and Orchids.
I don't know when we will come back to Branson but when we do, The Butterfly Palace will be one of our first stops.

Thank bhall07
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South Jersey
1 review
“A nice change of pace”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2008

Of course it is at the top of a hill, isn't everything in Branson. It is an inviting building, the staff is friendly. The 3-D movie intro is high quality. You feel your could just reach out and touch the butterflies. Then you go and intermingle with the real butterflies. Beautiful varieties. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed it. A must do is the Emerald Forest maze and a visit to the rainforest critter area which are wide-eyed wonders for both the adults and the children of the families who toured with us.

Thank LBseabear
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“60 dollar butterfly palace”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2008

We recently visited the Butterfly Palace and were kind of dissapointed it was kind of downhill when we found out how much it would cost for 2 adults and 2 small children i think we were in shock that it was $60. But we paid and thought boy this must be really good. The movie was ok for the adults but the children could really care less. We saw the butterflies yeah they were pretty but i just could not get over the 60 dollars. The whole critter section was a big joke,there was like 5 critters we still were not impressed. The highlight of the whole place was the maze! we liked it so much we went through it twice! The maze was pretty much the only thing that my kids got excited about, but not worth 60 dollars!

1 Thank mjponge
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
“Keep Driving - Expensive and very few butterflies”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2008

My 10 year old daughter loves butterflies so we thought this would be a great place to take her. We were there 7/21/08 and it was a huge disappointment. It was expensive and very boring. I agree with one of the other reviews...where's the butterflies? We saw so many more butterflies visiting the Tulsa zoo at a small traveling exhibit. Don't waste you time and money here. It really felt like a tourist trap.

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