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Butterfly Rainforest, Gainesville

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Must see · Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • If you want to experience nature up close, this is amazing. The butterflies landed on us and were brilliant in their coloration. Great colors and a good photo op as well. I would recommend this...  more »
  • Recently our Tampa Bay based car club visited the Butterfly Rainforest on the University of Florida campus. Our group visit was on a Saturday. Parking is free at the museums on Saturday. The...  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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