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.
$14 adults | $12.50 Fla. residents/college students | $12.50 seniors | $7.50 ages 3-17 | FREE for ages 0-2, UF students & Museum members
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. Ticket sales and exhibit entrance close at 4:30 p.m.
View the LIVE butterfly spotlight Monday through Friday at 2 p.m., weather permitting.
Know Before You Go
The Butterfly Rainforest exhibit is a USDA containment facility that requires special visitor rules. To protect our rainforest residents all guests are required to:
- Only observe with your eyes. Please do not touch or disturb the butterflies or plants.
- Please remove food, beverage, gum and candy before entering.
- Please check-in strollers, large bags, umbrellas, tripods and monopods.
- Please wait for the first door to close before you open the second door as you enter and exit.
To ensure a safe environment for guests, please visit our COVID-19 guidelines page for more details.
- 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 more than 50 butterfly and moth species at any given time.
- The continuous population is more than 700 butterflies.
- Butterflies in the exhibit typically live two to three weeks.
- Tropical butterflies generally begin flying when the air temperature reaches 65 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. Learn more about how butterflies make the journey to the exhibit.
- 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
- The CBS Butterfly Endowment supports Butterfly Rainforest operations. Make a gift today.
Exhibit Blog Spotlight
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