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You Really Need to Go to the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville

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The Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville is yet another excursion you should add to your things to do list while visiting the area. Although the exhibit is indoors, the tropical greenery, blooming flowers, and swirling butterflies create a whimsical experience with nature. Take the afternoon to stroll through the gorgeous greenery to get a feel for what makes this local museum so great.

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What to Expect at the Butterfly Rainforest in Gainesville

The Exhibit

This 6,400-square-foot screened in butterfly exhibit is part of the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. It has a population of over 1,000 butterflies which consists of at least 50 different species. The museum aims to diversify the butterflies by bringing them in from all around the world, just for you to see! But, although this is a butterfly museum, you can also expect to see many other animals throughout the exhibit.

As butterflies dance through the air, you’ll also see colorful birds taking flight through the trees. On land, look out for happy turtles also enjoying the serene environment, and in the water, you’ll also find fish gliding peacefully. If you’re looking for the best thing to do with kids, the best museums, or just fun outings in Gainesville, this place fulfills all your wishes!

Admission Details


Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ticket Pricing:

Adults = $14

Florida Residents/Students= $12

Seniors = $12

Kids 3-17 = $7

Stay Involved

If you love the butterfly museum, you’ll be happy to discover that two cameras cast a live feed of the exhibit. View the Canopy Cam placed high in the treetops for consistent sightings, or look at the Chrysalis Cam to view new butterflies emerging. This way, you can visit the museum any time you want and not miss a thing!

Learn even more about the delicate creatures in the exhibit by taking advantage of the Butterfly Rainforest ID Guide. This guide allows you to read up on each species and learn how to spot them yourself!

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The Aurora Room at Sweetwater Branch Inn

Sweetwater Branch Inn is just 15-minutes away from the butterfly rainforest in Gainesville. But, our location in the heart downtown also surrounds the Inn with so many more exciting things to do Gainesville.

Book a stay in Aurora’s Room to start your adventure in the area! You’ll love this second-floor accommodation colored in soothing aqua tones paired with rich, dark woods. When you choose the perfect room, it only makes your vacation that much better.

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