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.
You will witness the emergence of butterflies from the chrysalis case, one of the largest emergence cases in America. We have 300-500 butterfly chrysalis in our emergence case at all times. You will also find a large world map which locates butterflies from around the world.
Visit our fairy tale Butterfly Garden where beautiful butterflies of every imaginable size and color fly freely to classical music and the sound of falling water, fluttering and lighting on fragrant blossoms and the enchanting waterfall that centers the garden.
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. Kids of all ages will love the interactive displays and our "Nature Pond" filled with fish, turtles, and toads. Open mid-May through the beginning of October.