National Butterfly Center

Mission, TX

Where are we going?

National Butterfly Center
3333 Butterfly Park Drive
Mission
TX
78572

956 583 5400

What is there to do?

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?

Adults: $10

Children: $5 (ages 5 - 12)

Discount: Local residents / week passes and yearly memberships available

Free Under: 5 years.

LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

8am - 5pm September to March / 9am - 4pm April to August

Closed major holidays

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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!

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