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Butterfly Rainforest
Ranked #1 of 53 things to do in Gainesville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Butterfly Rainforest is a 6,400-square-foot screened exhibit exposed to typical Florida weather conditions, resulting in a more natural environment for the butterflies and plants. This living exhibit features hundreds of free-flying butterflies, typically 60-80 species at any given time, birds from around the world and an assortment of other animals including turtles and fish to experience firsthand. The lush landscape is planted in tropical trees and colorful flowering plants amid waterfalls and a walking path. Skilled interpretive staff are available to help answer questions and provide visitors with a personal and highly engaging experience. View live butterfly releases Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., weather permitting.
Reviewed 27 March 2018

The Butterfly Rain Forest is a great place to spend a few hours. Don't forget a camera and try to make it when they do the butterfly release as they give you some nice information. These are incredibly beautiful insects from around the world and a lovely place to spend the day.

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"beautiful butterflies"
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"beautiful experience"
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Reviewed 26 March 2018

The butterfly's where just so beautiful to see them up close was even better the kids where in aww over it. It was breath taken to get to see these beautiful creatures up close. They come fly and land on you if your lucky.

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Reviewed 26 March 2018 via mobile

Barely any butterflies. Not much to see. Small exhibit. I have been to Much Better butterfly exhibits.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018

Amazing how much they crammed into this space. The butterflies are beautiful & so is the assortment of plants.

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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

The university has a terrific place here. I took my sister and husband and we saw some very beautiful butterflies. Took video. I would recommend bringing people here if you are trying to recruit them. They will be totally impressed.

1  Thank Linda C
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Paul R, Public Relations Manager at Butterfly Rainforest, responded to this reviewResponded 30 March 2018

Hi Linda C,
Thanks for your review, compliment and suggestion. We of course agree, and hope to see you again soon!
Kind regards,
Paul R.

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