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.
|Biophilia Nature Center's Butterfly Garden||
Native butterflies in all stages of the life cycle. The Center consists of 20 acres that are being restored with native vegetation, including wildflower meadows of butterfly adult and larval plants. Elberta, AL. Phone 251-987-1200.
|Tucson Botanical Gardens||
This garden includes a variety of low-water-use plants that attract butterflies in both the larval and adult stages of their life cycles. Signs illustrate many of the butterflies that can be found in souther n Arizona gardens. 2150 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ. Phone 520-326-9686.
You'll be welcomed into a magnificent, lush, rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor's shoulder or finger. They also have a large live ant colony and bee hive to observe. 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256. Phone 480-800-3000.
|Pavilion of Wings||
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, CA. Where you can experience the beauty and fun of live free-flying butterflies. adults $15 children (ages 3-12) $6. Children age 2 and under are admitted free. 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Phone 213-763-DINO.
Butterfly Farms operates a 2000 Square foot butterfly free flight house open to the public showcasing native Southern California butterflies. We are a non profit and offer educational group tours, conduct research on native butterflies and promote conservation and habitat restoration. Vista, CA. Phone 760-613-5867.
|The Butterfly Pavilion||
The Butterfly Pavilion is a 16,000 square foot facility covering five acres Westminster, Colorado. Visitors to the facility find themselves surrounded by more than 1,200 free-flying butterflies. Westminster, CO. Phone 303-469-5441.
|Western Colorado Botanical Gardens & Butterfly House||
They have endless educational possibilities at the Butterfly Ho use. Self-guided tours or you can have a volunteer take you. This butterfly farm contains 24 native species. Grand Junction, CO. Phone 970-245-3288.
|Delaware Nature Society||
Discover the secret lives of a captive (and captivating!) group of insects while exploring the Delaware Nature Society's Butterfly House at Ashland Nature Center. From mid-June through August, this 18'x30' mesh greenhouse is home to about 15 species of butterflies and moths including great spangled fritillaries, monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies and cecropias. 3511 Barley Mill Rd Hockessin, DE 19707. Phone 302-239-2334.
Come face-to-face with exotic, vibrant butterflies fluttering atop a lush tropical canvas of foliage and flowers as you experience the Butterfly Rainforest, the Florida Museum of Natural History's newest permanent exhibit. SW 34th Street and Hull Road. Gainesville, FL 32611. Phone 352-846-2000.
A huge exhibit where you can walk among thousands of LIVE butterflies in all stages of life and enter their habitat. 3600 W. Sample Rd., Coconut Creek, FL. Phone 305-977-4400.
|Fairchild Botanic Garden||
Three thousand butterflies are on display every day in The Wings of the Tropics Exhibit in The Clinton Family Conservatory. These butterflies represent about forty different species at a time, creating a living rainbow for visitors to walk through. The Garden is capable of displaying up to two hundred different species at once, and will be continually rotating species for education, study and pure delight. 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. Phone: 305-667-1651
|Panhandle Butterfly House||
A small, friendly and educational facility open to the public mid April through Labor Day. Totally supported by donations and volunteers. Navarre, Florida. Located in Navarre Park on Hwy. 98 at the foot of the Navarre bridge.
|The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory||
There are about 30 to 50 species of butterflies in the conservatory. Some butterflies are always present but others are only available seasonally, so you might see many different butterflies each time you visit. Key West, Florida. Phone 305-296-2988.
|Day Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens||
Millions of visitors have strolled through the Callaway Gardens tropical house where butterflies fill the air with brilliant color. This 4 ?acre conservatory contains approximately 1,000 tropical butterflies representing 50 species from Malaysia, the Philippines, Tanzania and Costa Rica. Pine Mountain, GA. Phone 706-663-2281.
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