Butterfly houses in Georgia include seasonal outdoor exhibits and glass-enclosed houses filled with tropical plants and colorful butterflies. Some of Georgia’s famed tourist attractions include a butterfly house where you can see hundreds of colorful butterflies up close.
Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center
17800 US Hwy 27
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Callaway Gardens website
HOURS: 9 am to 5 pm Daily
The Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center is an octagonal, glass-enclosed conservatory filled with tropical plants, birds, and more than 50 species of butterflies. A 12-foot waterfall is a feature in the design.
In the summer, a talk about “Gardening with Butterflies” is given at 11 a.m. each Thursday. On Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., staff talk about the life cycle of the butterfly and monarch migration.
The Conservatory’s structure is LEED-certified, meaning the building is green – saving energy and resources. There is a gift shop with plant seeds and butterfly-related gifts. The conservatory is surrounded by 1.5 acres of landscaping designed to attract butterflies and birds.
ACCESSIBILITY: Pathways are paved and a lift is available.
A Garden With Wings Exhibit
2382 Pine Mountain Road
Kennesaw, Georgia 30152
Butterfly exhibit web page
Each June, the “A Garden with Wings” exhibit opens at the Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw. This open-air, screened garden includes many native butterflies as well as their host and food plants.
Butterflies in all stages of their life cycle can be found in the exhibit – from larval stages to the full-grown butterfly.
By visiting the exhibit, you can learn what native plants to grow in your garden to help feed butterflies and which plants are host for their caterpillars.
The exhibit is only open in the summer. Be sure to check the garden’s website for specific dates and times.
ACCESSIBILITY: The exhibit has gravel walkways and may not be suitable for those with difficulty walking or those in wheelchairs.
Stone Mountain Park
HOURS: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in June through July
During the Summer at the Rock at Stone Mountain Park, a temporary butterfly exhibit opens up where visitors can view up to 1,000 butterflies.
Visitors get a nectar stick to attract and feed butterflies and get the perfect photo. You can also see caterpillars as they undergo metamorphosis, turning into butterflies.
The exhibit is open only in the summer, generally from early June to late July. Check the park’s website for more details.
ACCESSIBILITY: The floor inside the exhibit is hard surface, but the width of entryways and the possibility of other obstacles are unknown.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Rd.
Roswell GA 30075
Chattahoochee Nature Center website
HOURS: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibit is open in June – July only.
The annual exhibit of butterflies at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell features hundreds of native butterflies and the colorful nectar plants that they feed on.
Get a paintbrush soaked in nectar for a chance to feed a butterfly and get a close photo with one.
The enclosure is outdoor air and may close during bad weather. Information on each butterfly can be found on a printed card available in the enclosure.
Visitors can purchase butterfly host and food plants directly from the Center after their visit.
The Center also holds a Flying Colors Butterfly Festival each year in June with butterfly releases, pollinator games, food, the butterfly encounter, live entertainment, and a plant sale.
ACCESSIBILITY: The enclosure is set up over bare ground and the rows are narrow.