Visit Butterflies LIVE!
April 17 – October 11, 2015
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Experience the wonderful world of butterflies! Tropical beauties– fascinating and showy– transform the Conservatory’s North Wing into a wonderland of vibrant colors, captivating sights and extraordinary discoveries. The exhibit is ever-changing, so every time you visit, you’re likely to see something new.
Butterflies LIVE! is an indoor exhibit filled with fun family activities for all ages. Get up close and personal as hundreds of tropical butterflies feed, flutter and take flight all around you. Explore their origins, preferred habitats and lifecycles. Photos are permitted, but we ask those taking photos to be respectful of other guests.
Planning Your Visit With the Butterflies
Check out our Top 10 Tips for Visiting Butterflies LIVE! with Children.
Butterflies like to hitchhike! That’s why large objects (backpacks, oversized totes and pocketbooks) are discouraged inside the exhibit. There is a place to leave belongings inside the staffed entry, however, the Garden is not responsible for them.
For the same reason, strollers are discouraged inside the exhibit. There is a place to park strollers in front of the Conservatory. Wheelchairs are permitted.
Peek inside this special box in the display where native butterfly species will emerge from their chrysalides.
Butterfly Release Times:
Daily at 10 a.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Visit during these scheduled times to see newly emerged butterflies released into the exhibit. Please note the number of butterflies being released may range from several to a dozen.
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Butterflies LIVE! Instagram Contest
Get social with the butterflies! Share your favorite photos from Butterflies LIVE!, tag them #Bflies and you’ll be entered to win a prize package that includes 12 passes to the Garden.
More Butterfly Events
Butterflies LIVE! in the Conservatory is only part of the fun. We’ve planted nectar and host plants for butterflies all over the Garden! Plus, join us for these other butterfly activities in the Garden.
Celebrate National Pollinators Week
June 14 – 21
Children’s Garden, self-directed activity
A major initiative of the National Pollinator Partnership, National Pollinators Week recognizes the importance of pollinators to ecosystem health and agriculture in the United States. Join us for fun family activities in the Children’s Garden where you can learn how to do the bee dance and participate in the “Who’s Pollinating the Garden?” activity.
Plants for Pollinators
June 11, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday Walk and Talk: Monarchs in the Garden
September 16, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
See The Butterflies All Year!
One low price allows you unlimited visits to the butterflies (and the Garden) for an entire year.