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“Great attraction”

Butterfly Rainforest
Ranked #1 of 75 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

This is always a special place to visit, and well worth the price of admission. Even if you’re just curious about butterflies, don’t miss it. Excellent for children, and so fascinating to them as well. The labs, and collections of all types are very interesting too. The rest of the museum is available at no charge, and this is the only part that requires an admission fee.

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"beautiful butterflies"
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"small birds"
in 10 reviews
"butterflies flying"
in 18 reviews
"museum of natural history"
in 37 reviews
"beautiful experience"
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"magical place"
in 12 reviews
"all ages"
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"different species"
in 21 reviews
"sunny day"
in 14 reviews
"answer questions"
in 15 reviews
"live butterflies"
in 10 reviews
"bring your camera"
in 15 reviews
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"take your time"
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"great for kids"
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"great place to visit"
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

Several different types of (mostly) colorful butterflies are free to fly around and feed on flowers or fruit left out for them. If you smell good (sweet, no cigarette smoke), they might land on you, too. Fun for all ages, except maybe jaded teenagers.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this so much the butterflies are so beautiful I just love them. We will be back here to visit again.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We went in December which is not the ideal time of year to see butterflies. I would suggest a visit in spring or summer to get the best show.

Thank sanray1935
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Hello sanray1935,
Thanks for your comments. We're having an unusually cold winter this year. But normally anytime the temperature is at least 65 degrees and sunny, there will be butterfly activity, regardless of the time of year. We currently have the plants covered to protect them from the freezing temperatures, and are offering behind-the-scenes tours through Jan. 6. But we hope you'll come back and visit when the weather warms up to see the butterflies in action.
Kind regards,
Paul Ramey

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Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

The butterfly rain forest is absolutely beautiful. It transports you to a dreamland. It is serene. Children will love it. Butterflies land on your arms

Thank Leslie B
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