As part of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville‘s Butterfly Rainforest is truly one of the wonders in our Natural North Florida region. The immense screened-in facility, full of flowers and plants (and butterflies!) serves not only as a destination for nature lovers and photographers, but as an adjunct facility for the research team of lepidopterists on the staff of the museum.
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.
There are excellent (and free) exhibits to see just outside the Butterfly Rainforest enclosure.
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. You can also see a live video feed from the Rainforest’s Canopy Cam by clicking HERE.
While admission to the Museum of Natural History is free, there is a nominal charge to enter the Butterfly Rainforest.
$13 adults | $11 Fla. residents/college students | $11 seniors | $6 ages 3-17
Be sure to bring your camera. You never know what you’ll “catch” in your viewfinder!