Over Memorial Day weekend my husband and I took a trip to Gainesville, and one of our first stops was the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The Butterfly Rainforest is an ongoing "exhibit" (it's much more than an exhibit) here, where you can see up to 80 species of butterflies and moths on any given day. The color array is astounding - I don't think there was a color we didn't see - and you'll be astonished at how truly tropical the landscape is! There's a live butterfly release every day at 2PM, and that was pretty neat to see - freshly-"hatched" butterflies instantly flying off into their new habitat.
Admission to the Florida Museum of Natural History is free; admission fees for Butterfly Rainforest are as follows:
$10.50 for adults
$9 for Florida residents, senior citizens and college students
$6 for children ages 3-17
The museum is open from 10AM to 5PM Monday through Saturday, and 1PM to 5PM on Sunday. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
There are other butterfly displays in the museum itself, mostly mounted specimens, so it's definitely worth it to see the Butterfly Ra
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