The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

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The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House & Insect World
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the 1st of its kind in Michigan, and the 3rd oldest LIVE butterfly exhibit in the United States. The world-renowned facility has 1800 sq ft of tropical garden filled with hundreds of live butterflies from four continents. After a relaxing visit with the butterflies, take some time to check out Insect World, where you will be amazed at the size of the insects that live in the tropical regions of the world. On display are 14″ walking sticks and 6″ centipedes, along with giant beetles and spiders. The current record setter for the world’s “heaviest bug” is also found here. Regular Season Hours: 10 am – 7 pm Prior to Memorial Day, After Labor Day: 10 am – 6 pm *Last admittance is 30 min prior to close
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Carenjames C
Cumming, GA91 contributions
Love it
Sep 2021
Second time visiting and it was just as amazing as the first time. You have to be a nature lover to appreciate the beauty of these creatures. To have one perch on your hand or arm or in your hair is pure magic.
Written 24 September 2021
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maryfaithroell
Harrison, OH73 contributions
Small but mighty
Aug 2021 • Family
What a nice surprise!! The space is small but the impact is large. So many different types of butterflies. Something new caught your eye every second. The staff was helpful while not intrusive. I wish I had more words but you have to experyit yourself
Written 29 August 2021
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Wanderer818191
31 contributions
Must go for Hedgehog encounter.
Aug 2021 • Family
Beautiful butterflies, but we really loved the hedgehog and other creatures.

I thought it was nice and the cardboard brochure with different species was very informative. The only thing negative is no expert or educator to provide information to visitors. Not a single word was spoken by the guide in the butterfly room. We did have a butterfly land on family member and stayed on their arm the entire visit, it had to be whisked away by a brush provided by the guide, even then she offered no guidance or words. Kind of strange, I've never been to places without animal experts when the main event is the animals. Maybe all butterfly houses are like this? I don't know my very first visit to a butterfly house.

It's worth a visit if on the island.
Written 23 August 2021
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dmarine02
Glasgow, KY9 contributions
Overpriced and uneventful
Aug 2021 • Family
Just ok.
Visited the island earlier this week with our family. We decided to check out the butterfly house as an additional site with the kids. My son and I had visited a butterfly house with his friends during his school trip and thought it was pretty cool. What we didn't realize is that there were 2 butterfly houses on the island. This one didn't look familiar when we arrived, but figured my memory was just failing me. We got inside and it was much smaller than the one we had previously visited. Admission price seemed pretty high for what it was, and the butterflies weren't active because they were all on their feeding trays while we were there. We didn't spend hardly any time there because the butterflies weren't flying around much or landing on us. They didn't offer us any kind of "sweet stick" to attract the butterflies, and we were asked not to put our fingers in front of them while feeding, but to wait same "let them land on you". I understand wanting to protect them from people touching their wings, but it made for a very uneventful viewing.
The other butterfly house on Mackinac island was much more exciting, entertaining, and was much larger. Plus their prices were much better. For my family of 5 it would've saved us around $12 over the "original butterfly house" prices
Written 16 August 2021
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Elizabeth
Tennessee23 contributions
Relaxing and fascinating little stop
Aug 2021 • Couples
Honestly, I loved visiting this place. The atmosphere and butterflies were just what I needed. Very relaxing and I really enjoyed viewing the butterflies
Written 12 August 2021
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Chercan
Troy, MI226 contributions
Small but nice
Jul 2021 • Family
It was very crowded inside with no one wearing masks. The butterfly house at Dow Gardens in Midland is larger with more plants, trees, and butterflies. Less expensive too.
Written 21 July 2021
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Sphynxlovers
Dalton, GA83 contributions
The majesty of butterflies
Jul 2021
If you stop at the Wisconsin Vistor's Center in Mackinaw City, you can get a coupon for $1 off/pp for this attraction. The price for us was $11/pp. When you enter the facility, your first stop is the hatching and incubation room where you can see butterflies just coming out of their chrysalis and drying their wings. There are pictures of butterflies from all over the world.
The next room you go into is one large room where all the butterflies are. You can take pictures/videos but don't touch them. The room is warm in temperature for the butterflies, so be prepared for that. The landscaping in the room only enhances the butterfly experience. I say it's a large room but that is the whole butterfly exhibit.
After you leave the butterfly room, you go into a much smaller room where there are insect/reptile exhibits from scorpions, to beetles, bearded dragons, geckos, etc.
I would visit again.
Written 19 July 2021
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Geraldine T
3 contributions
Very small and crowded.
Jul 2021
This butterfly house was much smaller compared to other places. Too many people were allowed into the small space at once. It was difficult to get through at times. With 3 children under the age of 5, it was difficult to find space to take a picture other than the two butterfly seats. Other butterfly houses have offered nectar flowers so that butterflies can land on them, providing up close views of the butterflies, but this butterfly house did not offer anything like that.
Written 7 July 2021
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Cherie P
21 contributions
Great place to take kids
Jun 2021
We visited the butterfly house a couple of times there…..sitting and watching the butterflies and even having them land on us. Interesting also to see the other displays of insects and reptiles as well.
Written 23 June 2021
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ashley r
28 contributions
Fun time. not for small children
Jun 2021
This was really fun but we had a two year old with us so it was kind of stressful. Strollers are not allowed so you have to atch kid and make sure they are not accidently stepping on butterflies. It was amazing but if you have toddlers I would wait until they are a bit older. We went during Father's Day weekend so dads had free admission.
Written 22 June 2021
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