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Butterfly Rainforest

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3215 Hull Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
+1 352-846-2000
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Gorgeous!!

There are TONS of butterflies in this lovely botanical walk-through. My husband and I were... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Victoria S
LOVE LOVE Blue Morpho Butterfiles

If you love butterflies this is a must see place to go. Have been to butterfly locations in a few... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Susanne S
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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. This living exhibit features hundreds of free-flying butterflies, typically 60-80 species at any given time, birds from around the world and an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand. 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.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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3215 Hull Rd, Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, FL 32611-2710
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Reviewed yesterday

There are TONS of butterflies in this lovely botanical walk-through. My husband and I were astonished at the number and different kinds that you could see! It is worth the price.

Thank Victoria S
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi Victoria S, Thank you for the compliments and we’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We typically display between 60-80 species at any given time in the exhibit. We hope to see you again soon! Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love butterflies this is a must see place to go. Have been to butterfly locations in a few places and this was is at the top of the list. I personally collect Blue Morpho butterflies and they had many beautiful examples. I enjoyed...More

Thank Susanne S
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Susanne S, We’re so glad you enjoyed your visit and thank you for the kind review! The fall and early winter when temperatures begin to fall is a great time to photograph the Blue Morpho. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards,...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you love butterflies, you’ll love your visit here. The butterfly enclosure may not be the biggest that I’ve visited, but it is very well laid out and inhabited by colorful creatures. We stopped in after a rain. That probably slowed some of the butterflies...More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi carolynf551, Thanks for your review and the compliments on the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, which is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History. We’re glad you enjoyed our mammoth and mastodon skeletons as well as the new large augmented reality screen in the Central...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Almost indescribable sanctuary/research facility. The butterfly garden was magical. A very unique facility on the campus of the University of Florida.

Thank Jeremiah C
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Jeremiah C, Thank you for the review and kind words. We’re so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reasonably priced, easy access and adequate parking making a visit hassle free. They have oodles of butterflies in a beautifully maintained and attractive enclosure. It is a walk through type venue where you get to see butterfly friendly habitat as well. Informative and educational hour...More

Thank jaybeeFL
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi jaybeeFL, Thanks for the review and compliments. We’re glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Just to clarify for those who may not be aware, parking is free on weekends and University of Florida and state holidays. During the week parking cost is $4...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spend about and hour watching the wide variety of beautiful butterflies, enjoying the garden area and fish in the pond, there were even a few birds. Afterwards we visited the Natural History Museum and were able to learn about the mastodons from one of...More

Thank KarenW5580GN
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello KarenW5580GN, Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. To clarify for those who may not be aware, the Rainforest exhibit is part of, and the entrance is located inside, the Florida Museum of Natural History. We also have a mammoth and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a beautiful rainforest and well worth the $11 entry. It’s outside screened so weather may be a factor. Birds, butterflies, and waterfalls are plentiful.

Thank WabashO
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello WabashO, Thanks for your sharing your thoughts. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting environment. Beautiful and strange butterflies. It’s fun to see as a group. Would be great for kids also.

Thank Grumo
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Grumo and thank you for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul R.

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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

It was so worth the three hour drive. We spent so much time with the butterflys that we didn't have time to visit the art museum. We are already planning our next trip there.

Thank floridaCat1966
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2018

Hello floridaCat1966, We're glad you enjoyed the Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, which is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 24 April 2018

All ages should plan a trip to the Butterfly Forest! A wonderful escape from the hustle and bustle of the world!More

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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2018

Hi singer58, Thanks for your review and compliment. It truly is an immersive, relaxing experience. Also just an FYI for anyone looking for the most relaxing experience, Monday is typically the slowest day. If you are able to visit then or another weekday I recommend...More

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Marie C
28 May 2018|
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Response from Paul R | Property representative |
Hi - The Butterfly Rainforest is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the address is 3215 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL 32611. Our hours and admission are listed on our website as others have mentioned. Yes, the... More
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Marty D
25 February 2018|
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Hi Marty D, Admission is $13 for adults ($11 for Fla residents and 62+), $6 for ages 3-17 and free for ages 2 and under, Museum members and UF students with a valid Gator 1 card. We hope to see you soon! Paul Ramey
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blazer2123
25 February 2018|
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Hello, I thought the question was specifically asking about Butterfly Rainforest admission so I provided pricing for that exhibit. General Museum admission is free, though donations are accepted. There is only a change for... More
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