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National Butterfly Center

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Closed Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A great place for many reasons

This is an exceptionally fine site. It is not a museum (although there are natural history... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Edge W
Columbia, Missouri
Lovely site may be impacted by border wall

The staff is fantastic. Grounds planted to encourage butterflies wintering. For docent hosted... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bainbridge Is WA
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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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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
3333 Butterfly Park, Mission, TX 78572-5091
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an exceptionally fine site. It is not a museum (although there are natural history displays about butterflies) and not for those who are not stimulated by being in a natural setting or require interactive electronic experiences. The grounds are natural south Texas vegetation...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Edge W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visit ever...... My kiddos couldn’t wait to leave. So much for the other reviews that say otherwise! Not much to do, very little interactive things. The grounds are not very beautiful, a great deal less than we expected.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff is fantastic. Grounds planted to encourage butterflies wintering. For docent hosted visits, reserve in advance. They may prefer groups of 25. During winters, I live fewer than 5 miles from this important site. Due to local news reports, I am so very concerned...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Tmac7303
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

I was very fortunate to get to experience going to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas during butterfly 🦋 🦋 migration. A very informative center about everything you want to know about butterflies & the plants/bushes that butterflies like to occupy. Lots of butterflies...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jgmiles
Reviewed 12 November 2018

The grounds are really great - lots of butterflies. Easy to walk around, with open areas and wooded areas. It's really too bad that the government is beginning to clear their land without authorization, destroying years worth of work to build a habitat for cross...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank v_heron
Reviewed 7 November 2018

Even if you are not a bird or butterfly fanatic, the national butterfly center is a beautiful place to go. It has a few walking trails that are well-kept and full of flowers and of course butterflies. They have a nice gift shop with reasonably...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 November 2018

Had wanted to visit for quite sometime and was in the area yesterday so mapped my way there. Not really hard to find but need to know where you are going and watch the signs. Not a really large place but doing a wonderful job...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beachguy43
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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank franciscaorozco32055
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

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

Date of experience: March 2018
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

Date of experience: February 2018
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Roy G
17 August 2018|
Response from jgmiles | Reviewed this property |
Call the center or go during butterfly migration.
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