Beautiful Butterflies!

An Up-Close Experience!

Open now through the end of summer
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week

Butterflies are in flight at the Lake Superior Zoo! Come and see our new Butterfly House and get up-close looks at hundreds of butterflies along with a beautiful garden of blooming plants.

The attraction will showcase six species of butterflies, all of which are native to North America: monarch, painted lady, eastern black swallowtail, giant swallowtail, mourning cloak and gulf fritillary. Each week, the zoo will receive 200 new butterfly pupae that will be added to the exhibit. The butterflies are nourished by plants placed in the exhibit.

This seasonal exhibit (located within the zoo below the snow leopard & lynx exhibits) will be open until the first frost. Once you step through the doors of the Butterfly House, you will be amazed at the experience of butterflies flying and resting just a few feet from you.

Staff members are on duty to answer your questions and help you have a great experience. Don’t miss the emergence cabinet, where butterflies are emerging from pupae, in preparation for flight within the House.

Be sure to plan enough time for your visit—the butterflies are mesmerizing, and of course, they aren’t the only fascinating animals at the Lake Superior Zoo!

The exhibit is made possible by: