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Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville

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Garden · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Perfectly mimicking a lush, tropical ecosystem, Butterfly Rainforest is one of the main attractions of Florida Museum of Natural History. The large outdoor enclosure is adjacent to the main building and houses hundreds of butterflies from around the world, as well as tropical birds, fish, and turtles. Admire the free-flying butterflies as you wander the habitat, featuring trees, flowering plants, waterfalls, and a pond. You might have the pleasant surprise of a butterfly landing on you. The releases of newly-hatched butterflies occurs daily, weather permitting. Arrange your visit to Butterfly Rainforest and discover more family-friendly attractions in Gainesville using our Gainesville trip itinerary maker website.
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  • Our 7yr old boy was fascinated with all the butterfly’s, and various exhibits. LOL especially all the bugs & watching the scientist work. Very enjoyable for us all.  more »
  • Loved it! Walking among the butterflies and exotic plants is a real treat. Well designed and informative exhibit.  more »
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  • Love it! My husband and I go as often as we can! I particularly like that once you pay your admission you are free to go in again and and again if you have the time. I always recommend it when I can! We'll be back again!

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