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List of Butterfly Houses in the U.S.

Places to See Live Butterflies

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A newly emerged butterfly at a butterfly exhibit.

A newly emerged butterfly at a butterfly exhibit.

Photo: © Debbie Hadley, WILD Jersey

Butterfly houses offer enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to observe a variety of species in one indoor exhibit. Most butterfly houses mimic tropical environments, and showcase tropical species from Asia, South America, Australia, and other warm, humid locations. A few of the butterfly houses listed here feature species native to North America. Usually, you'll see some showy moths, such as luna moths or Atlas moths, perched on foliage as well.

Before you visit a butterfly house, you might want to learn the differences between butterflies and moths. Also, read about why butterflies drink from puddles, a behavior you will likely observe in the butterfly exhibit. Most butterfly houses have an area where you can see new adult butterflies emerge from their pupae, and some display larval food plants as well. I recommend you read my tips for observing and photographing butterflies before you visit your nearest butterfly house.

Some of the butterfly houses listed here are seasonal, meaning they are only open for a part of the year. Be sure to call before you visit to be sure the butterflies are on display. This is only a list of enclosed butterfly houses, not outdoor butterfly gardens.

Alabama

Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805
Phone: (256)-830-4447
Website: www.hsvbg.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Arizona

Desert Botanical Garden
Marshall Butterfly Pavilion
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (480) 941-1225
Website: www.desertbotanical.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

California

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Butterfly Pavilion
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO
Website: www.nhm.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Hidden Jungle
15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, California 92027
Phone: (760) 747-8702
Website: www.sdzsafaripark.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
Phone: (707) 643-6722
Website: www.sixflags.com/discoveryKingdom
Year round.

Colorado

Butterfly Pavilion
6252 West 104th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80020
Phone: (303) 469-5441
Website: www.butterflies.org
Year round.

Delaware

Delaware Nature Society
Barley Mill Road
Hockessin, DE 19707
Phone: (302) 239-2334
Website: www.delawarenaturesociety.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

District of Columbia

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Butterfly Pavilion
10th Street and Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
Phone: (202) 633-1000
Website: www.butterflies.si.edu/
Year round.

National Zoo
Pollinarium
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: (202) 633-4888
Website: nationalzoo.si.edu
Year round.

Florida

Butterfly World
3600 W. Sample Road
Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
Phone: (954) 977-4400
Website: www.butterflyworld.com
Year round.

Butterfly Rainforest
Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
SW 34th Street and Hull Road
Gainesville, FL 32611
Phone: (352) 846-2000
Website: www.flmnh.ufl.edu/butterflies
Year round.

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory
1316 Duval Street
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: (800) 839-4647
Website: www.keywestbutterfly.com/
Year round.

Panhandle Butterfly House
8581 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Phone: (850) 623-3868
Website: www.panhandlebutterflyhouse.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

BioWorks Butterfly Garden
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
4801 E. Fowler Ave
Tampa, Fl 33617
Phone: (800) 995-MOSI
Website: www.mosi.org
Year round.

Georgia

Callaway Gardens
Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
5887 Georgia Highway 354
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Phone: (800) CALLAWAY
Website: www.callawaygardens.com/
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Illinois

Brookfield Zoo
Chicago Zoological Society 8400 31st Street (1st Avenue and 31st Street)
Brookfield, IL 60513
Phone: (708) 688-8000
Website: www.czs.org/CZS/Brookfield/
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Chicago Academy of Sciences
The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Judy Istock Butterfly Haven
2430 N. Cannon Drive
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 755-5100
Website: www.naturemuseum.org
Year round.

Peck Farm Butterfly House
4038 Kaneville Road
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: (630) 262-8244
Website: www.genevaparks.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Iowa

Reiman Gardens
Iowa State University
1407 University Blvd.
Ames, Iowa 50011
Phone: (515) 294-2710
Website: www.reimangardens.iastate.edu
Year round.

Kansas

Butterfly/Pansy House
701 Amidon St
Wichita, KS 67203
Phone: (316) 264-0448
Website: www.botanica.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Louisiana

Audubon Insectarium
Butterflies in Flight
6500 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: (800) 774-7394
Website: www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/insectarium
Year round.

Maryland

Brookside Gardens South Conservatory
Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibit
1500 Glenallan Avenue
Wheaton, MD 20902
Phone: (301) 962-1453
Website: www.montgomeryparks.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Massachusetts

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
281 Greenfield Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
Phone: (413) 665-2805
Website: www.magicwings.com/
Year round.

The Butterfly Place
120 Tyngsboro Road
Westford, MA 01886
Phone: (978) 392-0955
Website: butterflyplace-ma.com
Year round.

Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 723-2500
Website: http://www.mos.org
Year round.

Michigan

Detroit Zoo
Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road (I-696)
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone: (248) 541-5717
Website: www.detroitzoo.org
Year round.

Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House
McGulpin Street
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Phone: (906) 847-3972
Website: www.originalbutterflyhouse.com/
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Wings of Mackinac
At the Surrey Hills Carriage Museum
Mackinac Island, MI 49757
Phone: (906) 847-9464 (WING)
Website: www.wingsofmackinac.com
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Dow Gardens
1809 Eastman Avenue
Midland, MI 48640
Phone: (800) 362-4874
Website: http://www.dowgardens.org
Seasonal.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Lena Meijer Tropical Conservatory
1000 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Phone: (888) 957-1580
Website: www.meijergardens.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Missouri

Sophie B. Sachs Butterfly House
Faust Park
15193 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 530-0076
Website: www.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Year round.

St. Louis Zoo
Mary Ann Lee Butterfly Wing
Monsanto Insectarium
1 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (800) 966-8877
Website: www.stlzoo.org
Year round.

Butterfly Palace and Rainforest Adventure
4106 West Highway 76
Branson, Missouri 65616
Phone: (417) 332-2231
Website: www.thebutterflypalace.com
Year round.

New Jersey

Camden Children's Garden
Philadelphia Eagles Four Season Butterfly House 3 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: (856)-365-8733
Website: www.camdenchildrensgarden.org
Year round.

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association
Kate Gorrie Butterfly House
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington NJ 08534
Phone: (609) 737-3735
Website: www.thewatershed.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Imagine Butterflies
1943 N Route 9
Clermont, NJ 08210
Phone: (609)624-0909
Website: www.imaginebutterfliesnj.com
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

New York

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, New York 10460
Phone: (718) 220-5100
Website: www.bronxzoo.com
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

American Museum of Natural History
Butterfly Conservatory
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY, 10024
Phone:
Website: www.amnh.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

National Museum of Play
One Manhattan Square
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 263-2700
Website: www.museumofplay.org
Year round.

Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive
Smithtown, New York 11787
Phone: (631) 949-6344
Website: www.sweetbriarnc.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of Life & Science
433 Murray Avenue
Durham, NC 27704
Phone: (919) 220-5429
Website: www.ncmls.org
Year round.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Living Conservatory 11 West Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-7450
Website: naturalsciences.org
Year round.

Ohio

Krohn Observatory
1501 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Phone: (513) 421-4086
Website: www.butterflyshow.com/
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Cox Arboretum Metro Park
6733 Springboro Pike
Dayton, Ohio 45449
Phone: (937) 434-9005
Website: www.metroparks.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

The Butterfly House
Obee Road
Whitehouse, Ohio 43571
Phone: (419) 877-2733
Website: butterfly-house.com
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Pennsylvania


Academy of Natural Sciences
Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 299-1000
Website: www.ansp.org
Year round.

Hershey Gardens
170 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: (717) 534-3492
Website: www.hersheygardens.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Phipps Conservatory
One Schenley Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 441-4442
Website: phipps.conservatory.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

South Carolina

Cypress Gardens
3030 Cypress Gardens Rd.
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: (843) 553-0515
Website: www.cypressgardens.info
Year round.

South Dakota

Sertoma Butterfly House
4320 Oxbow Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
Phone: (605) 334-9466
Website: sertomabutterflyhouse.org
Year round.

Tennessee

Tennessee Aquarium
One Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Phone: (800) 262-0695
Website: www.tnaqua.org
Year round.

Texas

Moody Gardens
1 Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77554
Phone: (800) 582-4673
Website: www.moodygardens.com
Year round.

The Houston Museum of Natural Science
Cockrell Butterfly Center
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston,Texas 77030
Phone: (713) 639-4629
Website: www.hmns.org
Year round.

San Antonio Zoo
Caterpillar Flight School
3903 North St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas 78212
Phone: (210) 734-7184
Website: www.sazoo-aq.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Texas Discovery Gardens
Rosine Smith Sammons Butterfly House & Insectarium
3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Gate 6 at Fair Park
Dallas, Texas 75210
Phone: (214) 428-7476
Website: texasdiscoverygardens.org
Year round.

Virgin Islands

Washington

Pacific Science Center
Tropical Butterfly House
200 Second Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 443-2001
Website: www.pacificsciencecenter.org
Year round.

Wisconsin

Beaver Creek Reserve
S1 County Highway K
Fall Creek, WI 54742
Phone: (715) 877-2212
Website: www.beavercreekreserve.org
Seasonal. Call before you visit.

Milwaukee Public Museum
Puelicher Butterfly Wing
800 West Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Phone: (888) 700-9069
Website: www.mpm.edu
Year round.

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