Ask people about the one place to visit when coming to Gainesville, and many will say the Butterfly Rainforest.
At the Florida Museum of Natural History’s Butterfly Rainforest exhibit, you’ll come face-to-face with exotic free-flying butterflies within a large screened enclosure. Visitors can stroll through tropical foliage and flowers to the sound of waterfalls. Between 60-80 species from all over the world reside here at any given time.
The Wall of Wings exhibit inside the museum showcases thousands of preserved and photographed butterfly and moth specimens. Visitors can get a close-up view of scientists working in the world’s largest butterfly research facility. The butterflies in the exhibit become active when temperatures are 60 degrees or higher.
On Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm you can witness live butterfly releases, weather permitting.