Butterflies n’ Blooms Exhibit

Open May 15 – Sept. 18, 2021!

Brought to you in partnership with Idlewild Butterfly Farm.

Back by popular demand! 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 important pollinators —  plus, learn 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:

  • Please wear a mask while inside the exhibit and waiting in line.
  • 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!


Saturday, September 18 from 9 –10 a.m.
$10 per registration (up to 4 people)
Join us before the Zoo opens for this special family-focused class about pollinator gardens. Our experts will be on hand to share gardening tips including which plants to select, what type of garden is best for your space and how to identify where to begin your garden. You can even learn more about which pollinators and other critters you might spot living in your new backyard habitat. Each group of 4 will receive one milkweed plant to start their own garden at home!

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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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