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.
|Cypress Gardens Butterfly House||
Native butterflies flutter among hundreds of flowers, and birds fly above as you walk through the enchanting Cypress Gardens Butterfly House. The 2,500 square foot building features various species of butterflies, turtles and birds. There are several information signs to help visitors identify the butterflies, caterpillars and host plants. Cypress Gardens Road, SC. Phone 843-553-0515.
|Roper Mountain Butterfly Garden||
The Greater Greenville Master Gardeners maintain the butterfly garden at Roper Mountain Science Center. In 2002, it was certified a National Wildlife Federation Schoolyard Habitat. Greenville, SC. Phone 864-281-1188.
|Butterfly Garden at The Outdoor Campus||
Perennials and annuals, carefully researched for their food value, virtually covered a garden 110’ by 55’. The garden boasts both host plants for the caterpillars as well as nectar sources for the butterflies. 4500 S. Oxbow Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57106. Phone 605-362-2777.
|Sertoma Butterfly House||
By the Noon Sertoma Club, an international service organization. All of our hundreds of butterflies roam free in our flight room so if you are lucky and are wearing an attractive color of clothing you too might have a close encounter with one of our butterflies! Sioux Falls, SD 605-334-9466.
|Butterfly Garden at TN Aquarium||
Imagine an indoor rainforest filled with hundreds of jewel-colored butterflies that hover over flowers, sip nectar from feeding stations and even alight on charmed guests. These exotic and beautiful butterflies delight the senses, and visitors to the Butterfly Garden in the Tennessee Aquarium’s Ocean Journey building will discover other reasons to appreciate these whimsical creatures. One Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37401. Phone 800-262-0695.
|South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center||
The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is one of Corpus Christi’s five major attractions, and a leading South Texas nature tourism destination. Venture into the delightful 2600 square-foot screened Butterfly House, and new Bromeliad Conservatory. 8545 S. Staples Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78413. 361-852-2100.
|Butterfly Haus at Wildseed Farms||
Thrill to the miracle of live butterflies native to Texas at the newest Butterfly exhibit in the state! Walk amongst butterflies feeding and flying in the 3,000 square foot exhibit. seven miles east of Fredericksburg Texas. Phone 800-848-0078.
|The Cockerell Butterfly Center||
The Cockerell Butterfly Center at the Houston Museum of Natural Science is a stunning, living exhibit that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a naturalistic rainforest setting. Housed in a three-story glass structured rain forest that is home to exotic live butterflies, insects and plants. One Herman Circle Drive, Houston, TX. Phone 713-639-4678.
|San Antonio Zoo 'Caterpillar Flight School'||
Visitors experience a spectacular butterfly garden where they are immersed in a lush butterfly habitat surrounded by hundreds of butterflies moving freely throughout the exhibit. Fifteen to 20 species of butterflies delight guests through intimate interaction. 3903 N. St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, TX 78212. Phone 210-734-7184.
|Texas Discovery Gardens||
A two story organic tropical butterfly house features a Canopy Level entry and hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies. Outside, our 7.5 acres feature native and adapted plants that attract all stages of the butterfly lifecycle. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75210. Phone 214-428-7476.
|Zilker Butterfly Trail and Garden||
The butterfly open-air hatchery garden has been filled with local flowers and plants that attract numerous butterflies, providing visitors with a view of many of Austin's attractive species as well as migrating varieties. Guided tours feature the interaction between insects and plants in an ecosystem . 2220 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78746. Phone 512-477-8672.
|Bristow Butterfly Garden||
The 2-acre Bristow Butterfly Garden provides a habitat to attract and support butterflies and moths during all stages of their life cycle. Within the garden you will find a swallowtail and monarch nursery, nectar garden, moonlight garden and butterfly bush collection. 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, Virginia 23518. 757-441-5830.
The Bug Museum is fun for the whole family. See live butterflies and other exotic live bugs. Have the opportunity to discover all about life cycles and insect parts with our microscopes and displays; see a wall sized ant farm where the ants travel between tubes to each gallery. Visit the gift store where you can buy live caterpillars and other fun creatures. 1118 Charleston Beach RD W, Bremerton, WA 98312. Phone 800-870-4BUG.
|Anna Smith Garden Butterfly House||
This magical garden was the very first Demo Garden for the WSU Kitsap County Master Gardener Program and is lovingly tended by a volunteer crew. Master gardeners are duty Wed mornings from 9-12. Bremerton, WA on Tracyton Blvd. at Fairgrounds Rd. Parking is on the road and the park is down hill toward the water. Just follow the path. The park is always open.
|Butterflies and Blooms||
At the Woodland Park Zoo. The exhibit offers nearly 1,000 butterflies in flight, representing at least 15 North American species; an opportunity to discover each of four distinct life stages of a butterfly; and an outdoor Conservation Garden to demonstrate how to attract wild butterflies to your own backyard. 5500 Phinney Ave. Seattle, WA. Phone 206-548-2599.
|Tropical Butterfly House and Insect Village||
Even if the weather outside is frightful, you will find it delightful inside the Tropical Butterfly House where temperatures are always a balmy 80 degrees and the humidity near 80 percent. Surrounded by tropical flora, stroll down a garden path while nearly 1,000 colorful butterflies flutter freely around you. Seattle, WA, Pacific Science Center.
|The Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden||
The Butterfly Garden at the Smithsonian was installed in the summer of 1995. Once a typical strip of urban land this space has been transformed into a beautiful urban habitat for butterflies as well as many other creatures. Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History, Tenth and Constitution Avenues, NW, Washington, DC. Phone 202-673-4717.
|Beaver Creek Reserve||
The Butterfly House lets you walk among and interact with a variety of native Wisconsin butterflies in their natural environment. Don't be surprised if you discover that a butterfly has gently landed on your shoulder or arm. Different species are prevalent at different times throughout the summer, so you'll want to return often to experience the beauty and magic of butterflies. Cty Hwy K, Fall Creek, WI 54742. Phone 715-877-2212.
|Milwaukee Public Museum||
The Milwaukee Public Museum has a permanent butterfly farm exhibit filled with live butterflies. Come and visit and get lost in a tropical forest. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Phone 414-278-2700.
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