Butterfly Gardens to Visit in Florida

Indian Leaf butterfly

Florida Museum of Natural History Butterfly Rainforest

Where: SW 34th St. and Hull Road. Gainesville, FL | 352-846-2000

There is a 6,400-square-feet screened, outdoor enclosure with tropical plants and hundreds of living butterflies that guests can walk through. Inside the museum, people can view thousands of Lepidoptera species on the "Wall of Wings" and learn about butterfly and moth biology. There are even scientists working in the Rearing Lab and other research areas.

Butterfly World

Where: 3600 W Sample Road. Coconut Creek, FL | 954-977-4400

Butterfly World is the result of Ronald Boender, founder and managing partner, having a butterfly hobby. The exibit is 10 acres of aviaries and botanical gardens, the butterfly farm and a research facility.

Clipper butterfly

Leu Gardens

Where: 1920 N Forest Ave. Orlando, FL | 407-246-2620

The Butterfly Garden at Harry P. Leu Gardens is located in the center of the garden. More than one hundred different plants have been incorporated into the design and attracts butterflies twelve months a year. There are two types of plants used in the butterfly garden; nectar and larval plants. Leu Gardens has been open for 50 years. this garden is closed during the month of July.

Miami Metro Zoo

Where:12400 SW 152 St. Miami, FL | 305-251-0400

The Miami Metro Zoo, which has the largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, features a year-round butterfly exhibit. It is also a founding member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Butterfly Conservation Initiative (BFCI). Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour through the butterfly garden to see hundreds of species of butterflies and moths flying around tropical plants, pollinating the flower and shade trees throughout the exhibit, and observe the different stages of development in the life of a butterfly up close.