Flights of fancy await you in the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center, where typically 1,000 or more butterflies flutter freely about in one of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories. The Day Butterfly Center is a living, dynamic, glass-enclosed environment in which a variety of tropical plants nourish the residents and new arrivals emerge from their chrysalides, dry their wings, and begin their very first wing-beats.
Become a butterfly expert! Learn all about butterflies with this in-depth look at the fascinating details of these incredible creatures that hold captive our hearts as much as our eyes.
Take a walk through the outdoor Butterfly Garden and use hints and clues to discover native butterflies and butterfly host plants. Learn about native butterflies and their host plants with a butterfly scavenger hunt! Weather dependent. Prizes included.
Add flight to your garden! You can make your garden even more beautiful by planting the correct plants and creating the perfect environment to attract and support butterflies.
Become an insect wrangler outside the Day Butterfly Center! You will learn interesting facts about the critters you capture with one of our Entomologists.
Learn how to capture and tag monarchs outside the Day Butterfly Center! Weather and monarch availability dependent.
Your visit to Callaway Resort & Gardens and the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center supports the conservation of some of the world’s most threatened natural habitats. Our butterflies are purchased in the chrysalis stage from family-run butterfly farms in economically-challenged, tropical countries.
Butterfly farms are dependent on healthy, undisturbed, natural ecosystems. As these small farms grow, their local economies grow and it becomes necessary to protect the rainforest. Without this demand, the alternative would be for the local residents to possibly cut down the rainforest in search of other means to support their livelihood.
Thank you for your continued visitation and support.
Enjoy our month-long display of nature at its finest! Each September, marvel at the Blue Morpho as hundreds of these tropical butterflies fill the Day Butterfly Center with their iridescent-blue splendor. Visitors to the Day Butterfly Center will witness the largest display of Blue Morpho Butterflies on the planet during September!Learn More