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“Butterflies all around like a dream”

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 6 October 2011

So , there it was one of the most fascinating places with butterflies all around you like your imagination come alive. though only a small park, covered with nets , Its quite a spectacular place to visit for anyone especially the kids, who will just love the place. So, if you happen to be crossing Gainesville, do give this place a visit for just maybe an hour.
timings are: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Do carry your Cameras & encourage kids to read a little bit about butterflies on way to this place & see around, especially the exhibit area for an everlasting impression that will sum up a great fun plus educational family visit.

Cons: nothing much to eat in the complex so do keep something if you plan to stay longer.

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Reviewed 2 October 2011

As part of our visit to the Natural History Museum at University of Florida we had to experience the Butterfly Rainforest. It was so much better than I would have imagined. Hundreds if not thousands of butterflies everywhere I looked. Took so many pictures and video. Saw a bunch of baby quails that the staff gathered to help raise in their lab with the butterflies. Their collection and labs are so top notch. It was beyond my expectations. Keep up the good work and hope many more can come see the Butterfly Rainforest. We were there earlier in the day and not sure if the activity diminishes with the heat of the day inside that giant screened environment.

Thank scoutdreams
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

Not as big as Butterfly World in Coconut Creek, although many of the same exotic species (Morphos, Daggerwings, etc). It is beautifully landscaped, and filled with butterflies, finches and quail. Plenty of benches to sit and enjoy the butterflies, and the docents keep a watchful eye to ensure no one is touching or otherwise molesting the butterflies.

Easy to find and access, attached to the Museum of Natural History on campus, where there are some superlative displays of a Mammoth and a Mastadon skeleton as well. Prices was reasonable, and they are open every day but Christmas.

Thank Carolyn H
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

Also part of the Museum of Natural History. Def worth a trip.

Thank oceanblue535
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Reviewed 15 November 2010

This place is cool if your into photography, nature or a small child. One time every ten years is more than enough.

Thank floridawaxer
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 13 March 2018

Hi floridawaxer,
In reviewing our account I see I never responded to your review, and I apologize for not doing so sooner. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, I don't agree with "one time every 10 years is more than enough." The exhibit constantly changes, both with the numbers and different species of butterflies displayed, as well as the plants. I suggest visiting in the spring and fall when temperatures are normally not as high. But there will be butterfly activity anytime it is sunny and the temperature is 65 degrees or higher. And different species may be viewed during each season.
If I can provide more information, please contact me directly at museuminfo@flmnh.ufl.edu.
Kind regards,
Paul Ramey

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