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Butterfly Houses and Farms

Visit a Butterfly House - listed here by state

Where can you go to learn more about butterflies? A great place to observe and study Lepidoptera is at a butterfly house, where live butterflies are in an enclosure and you can walk through their habitat. Or you can visit a public butterfly garden to see live butterflies visiting native plants. These exhibits educate and encourage people to support the creation and preservation of native butterfly habitats. The following places to visit are arranged alphabetically by state.

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Indiana

Indianapolis Zoo

The Indianapolis Zoo has a Butterfly house at the Hilbert conservatory.  As you walk through the warm, aromatic indoor garden, 40 species of butterflies will flit nearby — and one might even land on you!   317-630-2001 | 1200 W. Washington St. Indpls., IN 46222 |9am-4pm, Wednesday-Sunday

Illinois

Chicago Zoo

Every week in summer, hundreds of butterflies emerge. And, when they are ready to take wing, keepers release them—infusing a rainbow of colors into the zoo's outdoor garden exhibit. 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513. Phone 708-688-8000.

Geneva Park Butterfly House

Enclosed butterfly house open May through September. There's a room attached to the house where you can watch the butterfly pupa. 38W199 Kaneville Road, Geneva IL 60134. Phone 630-262-8244.

Judy Istock Butterfly Haven

Visit the 2,700 square foot Judy Istock Butterfly Haven that includes a 28-foot tall greenhouse aflutter with live butterflies! Over 500 butterflies representing a dozen species native to the Midwest. Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, IL. Phone 773-549-0606.

Iowa

Reiman Gardens

The 2 ,500 square foot Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing at Reiman Gardens features nearly 1,000 exotic and native butterflies among tropical plants. Group tours are available, and handicapped accessible. Ames, Iowa. 515-294-2710.

Kansas

Botanica - The Wichita Gardens

Visit Botanica's Butterfly House and stroll among hundreds of free-flight butterflies. 701 Amidon, Wichita, KS. Phone 316-264-0448.

Kansas State University Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden is located on the south east side of the Historic Conservatory. It is home to hundreds of native butterflies which gather during the hot calm days of summer. 1500 Denison Avenue, Manhattan, KS 66506. Phone 785-532-3271.

Louisiana

New Orleans Audubon Insectarium

Located in the historic U.S. Custom House on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans, Audubon Insectarium will delight you with ‘up close and personal’ live insect encounters, the indelible story of the Crescent City and insects, and “Life Underground,” where you’ll be shrunk to insect size. Phone 504-861-2537

Maryland

Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly Exhibit

Asian, Costa Rican and North American butterflies take flight in our international exhibit celebrating its 12th season. Be surrounded by butterflies flying freely among the tropical flowering nectar plants. 1500 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902. Phone 301-962-1453.

Massachusetts

The Butterfly Place

The Butterfly Place is an indoor living environment which has been carefully designed for the propagation and development of butterflies. A 3,100 sq. ft. glass atrium towers to a height of over 27 ft. and contains up to 500 butterflies representing as many as 50 different species. Westford, MA. 978-392-0955.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens

Educates and encourages individuals to support the creation and preservation of native butterfly and moth habitats throughout the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. South Deerfield, MA. Phone 413-665-2805.

Michigan

Mackinac Island Butterfly House

At the Butterfly House you can walk through their garden while 500 - 700 butterflies from all over the world are in flight. You are welcome to spend as long as you like enjoying the beauty and tranquillity. Sawyers Greenhouse, 1308 McGaulpin, Mackinac Island, MI. Phone 906-847-3972.

Missouri

Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

Rekindle your sense of wonder at this huge butterfly house! Faust Park, Chesterfield, MO. Phone 314-530-0076.

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