Butterfly Houses

North Carolina

Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC
Open seasonally May 15-October 15, the 2,700 sq ft. butterfly house features native butterflies of North Carolina. Summer butterfly releases are on Tuesdays at 2 pm from June 13 through August 22nd. Admission to the butterfly house is included with Garden entry fee.

All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm, High Point, NC
A unique experience of interacting and learning about Monarchs. Open seasonally from April through October. Family shows are offered on Saturdays only beginning at 10 am with admission fee. Special group rate for weekday program for 20 or more people.

Discovery Place, Charlotte
The Butterfly Pavilion is located on the Level 1 of the facility. Admission into the Pavilion is included with general admission fee. The exhibit features butterflies native to North Carolina.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC
Located in the Living Conservatory on the 4th Floor of the Nature Exploration Center. General admission is free. The exhibit has limited hours. Please see website for details.

Magic Wings Butterfly House , Durham, NC
The Museum of Life and Science’s year-round Magic Wings Butterfly House features over 1,000 exotic butterflies in open flight bringing the rare and enchanting species of Asia, Africa, and Central and South America to the heart of the Triangle. Daily butterfly releases at 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. A special viewing window of hanging chrysalises is a must-see feature–you might even catch a butterfly eclosing during your visit!

South Carolina

Boone Hall, Mt. Pleasant
The Butterfly Pavilion is open primarily during spring through the early fall. Admission into the Pavilion is included in the general admission fee. Fans of Gone With the Wind will appreciate the famous long driveway of live oaks featured in the movie as belonging to the 12 Oaks Plantation. The home and property has also been featured in other movies.

Coastal Discovery Museum, Hilton Head Island
Karen Wertheimer Butterfly Habitat is open seasonally May through October. It features native butterflies of South Carolina. Admission is free with a suggested donation.

Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner
Native butterflies flutter among hundreds of flowers, and birds fly above as you walk through the enchanting Cypress Gardens Butterfly House. The Butterfly House opened in the fall of 1997, and was the first to open year-round in South Carolina. The 2,500 square foot building features various species of butterflies, turtles and birds. There are several information signs to help visitors identify the butterflies, caterpillars and host plants.

EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia
Open seasonally May through September, this 2,500 sq ft exhibit features more than 20 native species of South Carolina. A general admission fee is charged. Hours are Monday – Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.

Roper Mountain Science Center, Greenville
A limited time special exhibit from June 1st through July 13th. Admission is charged for non-members and can be purchased in advanced. Please refer to the special FAQ webpage for more details.


Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond
Open seasonally April through October the butterfly house features tropical butterflies. Admission is included with general admission fee to the gardens.

Norfolk Botanical Garden, Norfolk
Open seasonally spring through fall the exhibit features native butterflies. Admission is included with general admission fee to the gardens.