Summertime Fun continued

Are you looking for another indoor activity to beat the Florida heat?  We have a great one for you.  This is definitely a can’t-miss event here in Gainesville Florida.  The Butterfly Rainforest is a live butterfly exhibit located with the Florida Museum of Natural History.


This exhibit features live butterflies and birds from around the world flying around in a rainforest climate with lush vegetation, soothing waterfalls, and various fish.  You will love seeing this beautiful display as well as learning about the various species of butterflies in the exhibit.  They typically have over 50 specifies of butterflies and moths at any one time with a continuous population of 1000 butterflies.   The flowering plants and butterflies are changed out regularly which means you will be able to discover and see something new each time you visit.

The cost of the exhibit is only $12 for Florida residents or $14 for non-residents.  Children ages 3-17 are $7.  They also have ticket combination packages where you can visit both the Butterfly Rainforest as well as the Museum of Natural History.

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The Butterfly Rainforest

If you enjoy long walks out in nature, you can be sure to find plenty of parks and outdoor activities in Gainesville. However, one attraction in particular stands out for its beautiful atmosphere and unique experience. The Butterfly Rainforest at the University of Florida is free for UF students and only $9 for non-UF students, seniors, and Florida residents, $10.50 for adults who are non-Florida residents and only $6 for children aged 17 and younger. At any given moment there are 60 to 80 buttery and moth species fluttering around and throughout the year there are over 1,000 butterflies. This 6,400 square-foot exhibit is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Monday through Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, so please be sure to stop by to watch live releases of butterflies, stroll through the tropical environment with hundreds of flowers and even watch butterfly feeding stations up close as beautiful butterflies feed on fresh cut fruit. The Butterfly Rainforest is a great place for an educational trip for kids, a nice stroll for you and your loved one and just a fun day for you and your friends.  (Ashley Mondesir)