The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t-miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand.
$13 adults | $11 Fla. residents/college students | $11 seniors | $6 ages 3-17
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.
Magnificent Miniature Landscapes: A Chinese Penjing Display
For four weeks, from Sept. 30 through Oct. 29, visitors may enjoy this distinct form of garden art. These miniature landscapes capture the Chinese appreciation of natural environments. Penjing sculptures convey an artistic vision of nature, including mountains, water and small plants. This display is included in the Butterfly Rainforest admission price. Learn more
- Rich Tropical Environment
Wander through a unique and ever-changing living ecosystem showcasing butterflies, birds, turtles, fish, bromeliads, orchids and hundreds of other vibrant flowering plants.
- Butterfly Feeding Stations
View a variety of tropical butterflies up close as they feed on trays of fresh cut fruit.
- Garden Inspiration
Discover great design ideas and plant selections for your own landscape.
- The Butterfly Rainforest typically contains 60 to 80 butterfly and moth species at any given time.
- The continuous population is more than 1,000 butterflies.
- Butterflies in the exhibit typically live two to five weeks.
- Tropical butterflies generally begin flying when the air temperature reaches 60 degrees.
- Butterflies in the exhibit are raised on butterfly farms around the world. This form of sustainable agriculture helps protect natural forest habitats from destruction and promote local economic growth.
- 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.
- The flowering plants and butterflies in the exhibit change regularly, making each visit unique and full of new discoveries.
- William W. and Nadine M. McGuire