$10.50 adults | $9 Fla. residents | $9 seniors/college students | $6 ages 3-17
The Butterfly Rainforest is a can’t miss living exhibit that features hundreds of free-flying butterflies and birds from around the world along with an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience first-hand. 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.
NEW! Live Critter Cams
Observe the Butterfly Rainforest any day of the week through the exhibit’s live web cams. Get a bird’s eye view from above the canopy, an up-close look at a butterfly feeding station, or see new butterflies emerge in the Rearing Lab.
- Rich Tropical Environment
Wander through a unique and ever-changing living ecosystem showcasing butterflies, birds, turtles, fish, bromeliads, orchids and hundreds of other vibrant flowering plants.
- Butterfly Releases
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.
- Butterfly Feeding Stations
View a variety of tropical butterflies up close as they feed on trays of fresh cut fruit.
- Garden Inspiration
Discover great design ideas and plant selections for your own landscape.
Did you know?
- The Butterfly Rainforest typically contains 60 to 80 butterfly and moth species at any one given time.
- The continuous population is more than 1,000 butterflies.
- Butterflies in the exhibit typically live two to five weeks.
- Tropical butterflies generally begin flying when the air temperature reaches 60 degrees.
- Butterflies in the exhibit are raised on butterfly farms around the world. This form of sustainable agriculture helps protect natural forest habitats from destruction and promote local economic growth.
- 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.
- The flowering plants and butterflies in the exhibit change regularly, making each visit unique and full of new discoveries.
- Butterfly Q&A
- Butterfly Plant Sales
- Butterfly Rainforest ID Guide
- McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity
- Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies Brochure - Side 1: Butterflies (PDF)
- Florida Wildflowers & Butterflies Brochure - Side 2: Wildflowers
- Monarchs and Milkweeds Brochure - Side 1: Monarchs & Milkweeds (PDF)
- Monarchs and Milkweeds Brochure - Side 2: Butterfly Larvae & Host Plants (PDF)
- Monarchs - Eastern United States (PDF)
- Join the Monarch Society
- Donate to the Butterfly Connection
We thank our sponsors!
- William W. and Nadine M. McGuire