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.
|Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo's Berniece Grewcock Butterfly and Insect Pavilion||
This pavilion has glass enclosure where zoo goers can interact with various species of butterflies. It also supports the zoo's butterfly conservation efforts. Open till Oct 31. Phone: 402-733-8400.
|Four Seasons Butterfly House||
On any given day you can observe between nine and fifteen species flying, basking, nectaring, and laying eggs in their 1,200 square foot home. Camden, New Jersey. Phone 856-365-8733.
|Kate Gorrie Memorial Butterfly House||
The Butterfly House showcases native butterflies and the wildflowers with which they are associated. The garden inside simulates several typical habitats of central New Jersey – field, wetland, and wet meadow. Plants include those that are nectar sources for adults, and those that serve as food for caterpillars. 31 Titus Mill Rd, Pennington NJ 08534. Phone: 609-737-3735.
Experience natures beauty at its best when you visit the seasonal butterfly house in Clermont, New Jersey. Family fun exhibit. Provides valuable butterfly garden information. Phone: 888-365-4616.
|Adirondack Butterfly House||
Butterflies such as the eastern tiger swallowtails live among other species such as luna and cecropia moths. The 30-by-55-foot structure duplicates the natural environment of the region. It contains roadside wild flowers such as milkweed, garden-variety flowers, host plants and trees that are used by butterflies and moths. Phone 518-327-3000.
|Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden||
Enter a lush rain-forest environment and walk among approximately 800 brilliantly-colored, free-flying tropical and native butterflies that flutter about (and may even land on shoulders or hands). One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607. Phone 585-263-2700.
|Sweetbriar Nature Center||
Our 30’x50’ screened enclosure is home to over 20 species of native North American butterflies and moths complete with lush vegetation and flowers necessary for their survival. 62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, New York 11787. 631-979-6344.
|Magic Wings Butterfly House||
Encounter 1,000 exotic butterflies fluttering through rainforest trees, feeding on vibrant tropical flowers, and gliding over a flowing stream. The conservatory maintains a welcoming tropical climate of 80 degrees F (27C). Get a larger-than-life view of insects in the Aventis CropScience Insectarium. Durham, NC. Phone 919-220-5429.
|Butterfly House at Cox Arboretum and Gardens||
See up-close live butterflies and plants that are common to southwest Ohio. Dayton, OH. Fun butterfly farms.
|Whitehouse Butterfly House||
The Butterfly House contains over 1000 butterflies with many different species from North & South America and Asia. The facility was built with the idea of developing beautiful gardens in a controlled environment to exhibit butterflies to the general public. An opportunity to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and how to promote a healthy environment for these special insects will be provided as well.11455 Obee Rd, Whitehouse, OH 43571. Phone 419-877-2733.
|Oklahoma City Zoo's Butterfly Garden||
This 20,000 square foot open area is designed especially for butterflies. Oklahoma City, OK.
|Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary||
Experience wonder in this hands-on family attraction with live butterflies, interactive displays, children’s Art Space, watch a video, enjoy a fascinating mini-program, hand feed butterflies. 18 Church Rd., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229. Phone 570-325-4848.
|Butterfly House at Hershey Gardens||
Their splendor and amazing lifecycle make butterflies everyone's favorite insect. The Butterfly House at Hershey Gardens is home to more than 300 of these marvelous creatures. Representing nearly 25 butterfly varieties, the Butterfly House has nectar plants for food and host plants for egg-laying and caterpillar feeding. 170 Hotel Rd, Hershey, PA. Phone 717-534-3492.
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