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National Butterfly Center

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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School fieldtrip

This natural attraction was of the most educated field trip. The group of kids that we took were... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2018
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Visiting Family Outing

Excellent excursion for family. The children and adults enjoyed every minute there. The weather... read more

Reviewed 1 July 2018
Mission, Texas
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The National Butterfly Center is the pilot project of the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), a nonprofit organization committed to environmental conservation and education. It is located in Mission, Texas, because the Rio Grande Valley is...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572-5091
+1 956-583-5400
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Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

This natural attraction was of the most educated field trip. The group of kids that we took were amazed by the beauty of the colorful birds and butterflies. This center truly offered exactly what we expected and much more

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Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent excursion for family. The children and adults enjoyed every minute there. The weather was perfect

Thank maryln318
Reviewed 23 February 2018 via mobile

Went on an overcast day so no butterflies were around (I sort of expected this) but I found the visit worthwhile anyways. We arrived as they were feeding the birds so we decided to check it out. We ended up spending the majority of the...More

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Reviewed 28 November 2017

We happened to visit on Thanksgiving Day, and the center was officially closed except to members and volunteers, but the gate was open so we visited. We encountered two volunteers and they gave us a great education in all things butterfly. We saw and photographed...More

Thank deaconallan
Reviewed 28 November 2017

I love this place because of the different animals you can find here. It is never the same. It's usually quiet here, you can go for a walk, take pictures, donate food for the animals (bananas, bird seed, apples, oranges),watch them eat, meet other bird...More

1  Thank n0rmalyndaz
Reviewed 25 November 2017

The actual center was closed but we walked through the back area and there were so many butterflies floating around the plants. The volunteers were there to speak to us and if we want help they were available. This is not supposed to be pristine...More

Thank 829LynneUSA
Reviewed 12 November 2017

If you're a nature lover, this place is not to be missed. An outstanding experience for children of all ages (into their 60s and 70s too). The butterflies you will see here are simply unbelievable. The staff is very warm and welcoming, generous with their...More

Thank sarabseth
Reviewed 10 November 2017

My wife and I just returned from our first trip to the Texas Butterfly Festival and had an terrific time. The Festival is 3 days of guided trips to your choice of locations each day. The Butterfly Center itself is a wonderful garden full of...More

Thank jlangabee
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

A calm environment conserving the natural and delicate. I recommend a visit if you've ever been a sensitive person or believe in the Butterfly effect. Clean, friendly, and with free parking.

Thank YolandaManley
Reviewed 3 June 2017

They feed both butterflies and birds on a regular basis so that your chances of seeing a great diversity is enhanced. Nice visitor's center and everyone we met was very helpful.

Thank wpohley
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William B
7 February 2018|
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Response from Marianna W | Property representative |
Hi, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, they nest 13 - 20 ft in the air. Nesting behavior is different from regular flight, hunting and travel behavior. The Ferruginous pygmy owl is just one example of birds that... More