Butterfly Centers - Top Ten in the USA

1. Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, Pine Mountain, GA. Located in Callaway Gardens where 1,000 tropical butterflies, representing more than 50 different species, flutter freely through the air. Tropical plants and birds, reside peacefully with the colorful winged jewels in North America's largest, glass-enclosed tropical conservatory. The award-winning film, On Wings of Wonder, plays continuously on two wide-screen monitors in the center's multi-purpose room , explaining the life cycle of butterflies.
 
2. Cockrell Butterfly Center, Houston, TX. Houston Center of Natural Science.
The Cockrell Butterfly Center  is a stunning, living exhibit that showcases hundreds of live butterflies in a naturalistic rainforest setting.  The central conservatory is a dramatic three-story glass cone filled with tropical plants and exotic butterflies.  During a typical visit, one can expect to see 50 to 60 different species of the world’s largest and most colorful butterfly species, flying through the balmy air, hovering over flowers or sipping fruit juice.
 
3. Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory consist of a  large, glass atrium has been filled with lush tropical vegetation, colorful and exotic butterflies, and tropical birds. Flowering plants line the winding pathways as some 50 different types of butterflies enjoy the habitat.
 
4. Butterfly World, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Worlds largest live butterfly theme park.  Waterfalls, bridges, 5000 live butterflies, hummingbirds, botanical gardens, museum, cafe gift shop,  suspension bridge, plant shop, classical music. Absolute heaven in South Florida.
 
5. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens - Boston, MA. Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens, opened in October of 2000, consists of an 18,400-square foot facility that includes a 8,000-sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation.
 
6. The Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 W. 104th Ave. Westminster, CO.  The Butterfly Pavilion is home to thousands of butterflies from all parts of the globe. From finger-length zebra longwings to hand-sized paper kites, we have more than 50 different species at any given time.
 
7. Mackinac Island Butterfly House, Mackinac Island, MI.  Visitors walk through a greenhouse with more than 500 butterflies from all over the world in flight and over 1,000 flowers. This is one of the few nationwide educational displays that shows the life cycle of the butterflies and their role in our environment. Guest can watch an adult butterfly emerge from a pupa.
 
8. The Butterfly House - 15193 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, MO. The Butterfly House is a not-for-profit organization which was established in 1995 to foster a better understanding of butterflies and increase awareness of the natural habitat in which butterflies thrive. 
 
9. Allyn Museum of Entomology - 3621 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, FL. 
The Butterfly Rainforest is a living exhibit that supports hundreds of butterflies from around the world to experience first-hand. This screened enclosure is planted in subtropical and tropical trees with waterfalls and a walking path. Inside the Rainforest, exhibit stations help visitors understand various butterfly behaviors they will witness during their visit.
 
10. Butterfly People Cafe, Puerto Rico. Butterfly People is a gallery and cafe in a handsomely restored building in Old San Juan. Butterflies, sold here in artfully arranged boxes, range from $20 for a single mounting to thousands of dollars for whole-wall murals. The butterflies are preserved and will last forever.
 
Other Butterfly Websites
Butterflies of North America
 - US Geological Survey's guide to the butterflies of the US and northern Mexico, including a photographic identification guide, county checklists, and distribution maps.
North American Butterfly Association - A membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.
Butterfly Website - Extensive collection of butterfly information and links.
The Butterfly Site - Gardening, biology, breeding, conservation, fun facts, activities, photos, shopping, and links.
Greennature: Butterflies -Photos, identification guide, quiz, articles, and news.
WildlifeWebsite: Butterflies - Short articles of a few rare North American species, small photo gallery, and world butterfly and moth links.
Texas Butterfly Festival - Annual event held in October in Mission, Texas.
The Butterfly Digest - Recent messages from many different regional butterfly and odonate e-mail groups.