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“Lots to do nearby”

Butterfly Rainforest
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

The Butterfly Rainforest is an amazing place - beautiful exotic butterflies and flowers with meandering paths and attractive water features - but you probably won't need more than an hour to tour it. Fortunately, there's lots more to do nearby. In the same building is the Florida State Museum with excellent displays of fossils, Florida's history, rotating exhibits and many activities for children. Right next door is the Harn Museum of Art with it's new Asian Wing and Japanese Garden. Adnission is free, but you can make a donation if you like. We love to eat lunch or snacks downstairs in their cafe.
Even many locals don't realize that right behind the Butterfly Rainforest is a Native Plant Butterfly Garden that is also quite interesting, demonstrating what can be planted in North Florida to attract our native butterflies. If you time it right, you can attend a cultural event in the same complex at the Performing Arts Center. Touring Broadway shows, dance group like Alvin Ailey, and big name performers such as Dolly Parton, David Copperfield and the Beach Boys can be seen there. And if you're still in the neighborhood as night falls, you can witness tens of thousands of bats flying out of the nearby Bat House and heading out over Lake Alice.

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Reviewed 27 May 2012

Love butterflies Love the Rainforest beautiful tropical plants enjoyed alot

Thank Brenda K
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We spent a good 30 minutes just chasing this one spectacularly beautiful blue butterfly trying to get pictures of it. Some landed on us.

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Reviewed 25 May 2012

This was a joy to experience. If you are in Gainesville for any reason, I suggest taking the time to visit. You will be happy you did!

Thank 986Diana
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Informative and beautiful for all ages. The staff is great and the garden is picturesque,

Thank travelinggirl094
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