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“Lots of butterflies, lots of information before and after you walk through, and an iguana”

Cockrell Butterfly Center
Ranked #8 of 272 things to do in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the glass-enclosed butterfly habitat includes a simulated rainforest and thousands of colorful butterflies. A dramatic 50-foot waterfall and exotic plants transport visitors.
Reviewed 28 June 2018

Hard to say what the best part was. We enjoyed the butterflies, of course - walking through and either seeing them flit in front of you or searching where there was no movement to find them perfectly camouflaged - both fun. There was an iguana in a cage who was worth a chuckle when we first passed through on the top level, but as we started down and came upon the back of his cage, we got a really good look at him - his tongue lolling out of his mouth while he sat on top of an iguana stuffed animal - with its tongue lolling out of its mouth! He didn't say, but he sure looked fat, dumb, and happy!

There was information to read and exhibits to see before you entered the area with the butterflies, which I sort of skipped over, but after we were through, you walked through another informational area, and I spent a good bit of time there. I enjoyed seeing the foods made with insects or insects marketed as food (no lollipop around a cricket - just the crickets themselves!)

We enjoyed ourselves so much at both the Cockrell Butterfly Center and the Houston Museum of Natural Science that we bought the membership - despite not living in the Texas area! We hope to be back the next time we pass through Houston.

As a note in regards to another reviewers' $20 parking fee for one hour in the garage, we arrived as the museum was opening on a Sunday morning and got free street parking just in front of the museum. Also there were few other people in the museum for the first couple of hours, which was nice.

Thank travelmakesUrich
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"beautiful butterflies"
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"tropical rainforest"
in 15 reviews
"butterflies flying"
in 11 reviews
"wear bright colors"
in 9 reviews
"glass dome"
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"live butterflies"
in 12 reviews
"museum of natural science"
in 28 reviews
"different species"
in 10 reviews
"bring your camera"
in 6 reviews
"all ages"
in 25 reviews
"take your time"
in 9 reviews
"walk around"
in 6 reviews
"whole family"
in 8 reviews
"on display"
in 8 reviews
"hermann park"
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

This exhibit was amazing! My daughter and I really enjoyed the feeling of being out in the wild with thousands of butterflies fluttering around us. So many different and beautiful butterflies to see! An absolute must for kids to see...

Thank sduncan762
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Reviewed 27 June 2018

This is a multi-story rainforest-like structure with butterflies *everywhere*. Staff is very knowledgeable. It’s just a marvelous place; probably the highlight of my entire trip to Houston.

Thank jde1953
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Really well done and interactive insect exhibit culminating in the 3 story butterfly dome. Spent an hour here easy. Could use some more benches, but saw every butterfly on the guide and a few more. Would do this one again on another trip.

Thank Itsnotatumor
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

Very reasonable ticket price ($9), two sections (static displays and live exhibit), plus some bonuses. First of all I was amazed how many butterflies there are; thought I would have to hunt them out but the air was full. Warning: the glasshouse is very humid but worth the minor discomfort. Bonus iguana and in June 2018 flowering corpse plant. Ticket can be used for same day re-entry so I went twice. Just wonderful.

Thank Tina S
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