Butterflies n’ Blooms Exhibit

Open May 18 – Sept. 22, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  and  2 – 4:30 p.m.

FREE with the Zoo admission. Open daily until 4:30 pm weather permitting.

Brought to you in partnership with Idlewild Butterfly Farm. Experience hundreds of graceful native butterflies sipping nectar from colorful flowers, basking in the sunlight and flying freely as you wander through our 1,000 sq. ft. outdoor flight house located in the Africa Zone across from the bongo exhibit.

Bring a camera to capture your encounters with these delicate, brilliantly colored creatures. You’ll emerge with a sense of awe and a better understanding of the environment and protections needed for the survival of these beautiful animals —  plus ways to help them thrive in your own backyard.

To help protect the butterflies and all guests, we ask that you abide by the following guidelines:

  • Do supervise children at all times.
  • Do make sure the entry/exit curtain closes behind you.
  • Butterflies may land on you – please don’t touch them! Butterflies are very fragile and their wings are easily damaged.
  • Please don’t pick up any caterpillars or butterflies from the plants.
  • Do stay on the path and watch your step — butterflies may be on the path with you!
  • Don’t pick any flowers from the exhibit. The flowers are food for the butterflies.
  • Do have a great time and enjoy learning about butterflies!


Discover your butterfly IQ. See if you can identify monarchs, swallowtails and painted ladies from amongst over 500 winged beauties representing a dozen native species.

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Explore our list of host and nectar plants that you may see in the butterfly exhibit and Monarch Waystation.

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Learn about the lifecycle of butterflies and download a fun coloring sheet.

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The Louisville Zoo is a certified Monarch WayStation. Learn how you can create your own!

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See all the things you can do to help the butterflies and other important pollinators that live right in your own back yard!

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Butterflies are the only beneficial insect. Learn more about beneficial bugs in your own backyard.

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Still have questions? Get your answers here.

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Flutter by the Zoo on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019 for a day of unique hands-on fun celebrating the annual Monarch Butterfly migration.

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Bring the outdoors indoors with our enchanting butterfly screensaver.

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Open starting October 1, 2019

Come view the intricate and beautiful webs these beneficial insects weave. This popular 1,000 sq. ft. walk-through spider house lets you stroll alongside the spiders and their webs without any barriers. Free during regular Zoo hours.

During the Halloween Party, a special guided tour will introduce you to these artful arachnids ($2 ticket).

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