The Butterfly Rainforest will be closed due to weather Jan 17-18. Behind-the-scenes tours available on Thursday. More Info

The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit will be closed due to weather Jan. 17-18. Behind-the-scenes tours will be offered Thursday. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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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.

Observe the Butterfly Rainforest any day of the week through the exhibit’s live web cams:

  • 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.

More Butterfly Q&A

  • William W. and Nadine M. McGuire