National Butterfly Center Mission
Where is it at?
National Butterfly Center
3333 Butterfly Park Drive
Tel: 956 583 5400
When you reach the entrance to Bentsen Rio Grande State Park turn left (east) on "old" Military Road (unmarked). Drive one mile and turn right (south) on Butterfly Park Drive.
You might find you have to use 800 South Schuerbach Road to find the location of the Butterfly Center in Mapquest or a GPS receiver.
Where are we going today?
So many butterflies! The 100 acre National Butterfly Center is a butterfly paradise! The center has created the ultimate haven for these incredible kaleidoscopically colored winged creatures that they thrive all around you as you walk through the exhibits.
They have planted thousands of beautiful plants which the butterflies need for the nectar and their caterpillar growth (now...can you remember the connection between a caterpillar and a butterfly?) which means that they can sustain a large population of these wild beauties.
They showcase live animals and plants, in both cultivated and wild settings, paired with educational exhibits to enhance the learning experience of everyone who visits. They really want future generations to enjoy the center as much as you do!
The gardens and trails are constantly growing, and everyday they try and make the center better. There are over 100 acres dedicated to the conservation and study of the butterfies, as well as observation areas and a plant nursey, so they really have created something wonderful to showcase the biodiversity of the natural world, and one that kids have always loved walking through. You may even get a little visitor on your every now and then - perched on your shoulder!
For those little critter lovers ages 7 - 12, they have Critter Camp which is where kids can connect with nature through fun experiences with animals and plants, outdoor adventure, arts and crafts and interactive experiences that allow them to understand conservation and disappearing habitats. Everyone who participates also gets an individual one year membership too! Pretty awesome!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (ages 5 - 12)
- Free Under: 5 years.
When can we go?
8am - 5pm September to March / 9am - 4pm April to August
Closed major holidays
They offer interactive and outdoor lessons for students to increase their appreciation in the natural world, and reinforce their learning. They can study birds, the park and trails through crafts, hands-on experiences, and tours. They also offer guide and scout trips too! .
Any Top Tips?
The admission fee for those entering the National Butterfly Center with camera tripods or professional video equipment is $50 so don't take it unless you really need it!.
What people are saying?
by M Moreno
Totally worth the $ #5ForAdults Kids under 5 are $2.50 there are acres and acres of butterflies. My kids had a blast!!! B sure to bring bug spray. Thank you Thank you Thank you ajajaj #Butterflies #Familyoriented
by Jared Rodriguez
Staff are really nice and willing to help. When I was there, the place looked like it needed a little lawn maintenance. Overall, I was satisfied and had some fun. The name of the place says it all. This place is totally dedicated to butterflies (there is also a designated area for birding), so, don't expect too much. Five dollars is a little pricey, but, as long as it helps run the place...I'm willing to pay. :) Will visit again.
by Charlie Ecks