February 28th thru April 20th, 2014, 10:00AM - 4:00PM
$5.00 for adults
$1.00 for ages 6-17
5 & Under FREE
No admission for pass holders! Annual passes are available online and in person for just $10.00!
This interactive exhibit features thousands of brilliantly-colored butterflies, from countries around the world, emerging from their chrysalis, feeding, and flying all within the tropical environment of The Dow Gardens conservatory.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to see the butterflies?
Butterflies are available 10AM - 4PM all week long. Wednesdays, beginning March 12th, are late nights (10AM until 7:30PM.) They are the most active on warm, sunny, days. This is when you're the most likely to see them in flight. On cloudy, cooler days the butterflies are restful. You're more likely to see them resting on a visitor's palm or clustering with their own species. This creates a wonderful photo opportunity!
At what time do you have the most butterflies?
The butterflies have been emerging for weeks at the time the exhibit opens. Chrysalis continue to arrive, and butterflies will emerge into the conservatory, throughout the length of the exhibit.
What is the charge to see the butterflies?
There is no additional charge to see the butterflies beyond the regular admission cost of the garden. Annual admission passes are available for $10.00 per person.
What about those who might have trouble walking to the conservatory?
Please visit our accessibility page for information about the options available to guests with mobility issues.
Is photography permitted?
Photography is allowed and encouraged. Please be mindful of tripods and other equipment as some walkways are narrower than others.
Late Nights with the
Butterflies are available to view
from 10:00AM until 4:00PM seven
days a week. Our hours will extend
on (Wednesday evenings) to 7:30PM for later viewing! Late nights begin March 12th.
The craft barn will be all week long
April 1st thru April 6th during
Spring Break. Enjoy an array
of fun activities at no additional
Weekend Activities in the
Dow Garden's Barn
Join us every weekend for crafts in
the barn. Be sure to check our Facebook page to find out what weekend days face painting and glittery butterfly tattoos will be offered!
Glass Butterflies with
Join artist Tim Drier as he creates
glass butterflies right before your
eyes. The event takes place on
April 12th. A limited number will be
available for purchase.
Incredible Insects with
Entomologist Elly Maxwell
April 4th 1PM - 2PM $3.00 per child. Kids will discover how insects cope with frigid temps and which insects we can expect to see as spring unfolds. Learn which insects have found a way into your Easter basket! Call (989) 631-2677 to register!