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Original Butterfly House – Mackinac Island

The Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House is the first of it’s kind in Michigan, and the third 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.

Visit this fairy tale garden where beautiful butterflies of every imaginable size and color “dance” 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 Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House and Insect World exhibit is THE attraction to see on Mackinac Island every summer. So don’t be left out of the fun! Join the thousands of visitors that take their turn enjoying this marvelous exhibit every season.

Our Visitors Tell Us We’re The “Best Family Value on the Island.” Truly A “MUST SEE” family experience! See nature’s most beautiful insects so close you could reach out and touch them, but please remember not to! Photography encouraged.

(Above) Original Butterfly House – Click on photos to enlarge.

Original Butterfly House
P.O. Box 296
Mackinac Island, MI 49757

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The Butterfly House is always on my to-do list when I go the the Island. I love it. Watch where you step and check for hitch-hikers before you leave! Fabulous.

The butterfly house on Mackinac Island is a wonderful place to visit. My youngest son went there for a field trip in 6th grade and we all had a blast not only in the butterfly house, but on the island itself. Hope to get back up there soon…..

I have a wonderful picture of my husband from the eyes up with a beautiful butterfly perched on his head. 🙂 We love the Butterfly House!

Love that place, the butterflies tried to go home with me. 🙂 Not just butterflies, loved the lizards and frogs and snakes. 🙂

I love the butterfly house! Just watching them and all their beautiful colors is so mesmerizing. I go every year.

It’s “Enchanting!” Love the music too:o)


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