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The Butterfly House

Experience our botanical oasis in your own backyard!  Our tropical Butterfly House is home to hundreds of flying butterflies with beautiful plantings that they love.

Admission to the Gardens on Spring Creek includes entry into our Butterfly House.  To visit the Butterfly House at the Gardens on Spring Creek, click here to purchase admission to The Gardens.  Then, when you arrive, please check in at Guest Services to reserve your entry time to the Butterfly House. 

Timed entry to the Butterfly House occurs approximately at :00 / :15 / :30 of each hour with the first entry of the day at 10:00 a.m. and the last at 4:15 p.m. (subject to change for evening events).

butterflies on plants

Year Opened:  2019

The Butterfly House is a year-round home to hundreds of North American butterflies and dozens of varieties of flowering plants, built and operated in partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion.

This warm and experiential sensory experience allows all ages to get “up close” to both butterflies and plants in a tropical environment.  The garden was carefully curated to provide nectar-rich plants for the butterflies, as well as locations for roosting, resting and basking.

Featuring:

  • 400 - 600 free-flying butterflies and moths, including Monarchs, Longwings, Swallowtails and more
  • A chrysalis window, allowing guests to watch butterflies emerge from their chrysalises 
  • Adult moth displays keep males and females separate due to their high egg laying capacity
  • Caterpillar displays, offering a deeper understanding of the complete life cycle
  • A 220-square-foot living wall with 2,200 annuals, ferns and foliage plants that provide roosting space for butterflies and moths
  • More than 100 varieties of tropical plants, specifically curated for our pollinator friends
  • Hanging sponge balls and sponge cups soaked in sugar water to provide extra nutrition for butterflies, as well as decaying fruit
  • Interpretation and education provided by staff and volunteers

Please Note:
Denver's Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo.  While The Gardens on Spring Creek enjoys a partnership with the Butterfly Pavilion, our organizations are separate.  To visit the Butterfly House at the Gardens on Spring Creek, click here to purchase admission to The Gardens.  Then, when you arrive, please check in at Guest Services to reserve your entry time to the Butterfly House.

The following protocols and procedures are in place to keep our volunteers, guests and staff healthy and safe:  

  • Capacity of the Butterfly House is limited to 15 guests per entry time
  • Volunteers or staff will provide instructions prior to entry
  • Visitation is limited to 15 minutes
  • No food for drink is allowed in the Butterfly House
  • Visitors are asked to follow verbal instructions and obey all signage
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the vestibule and lobby areas