Closing on October 15th so hurry in to visit these great exhibits.
Fall Hours! Open Daily 10am to 5pm. The tropical garden is in full bloom and hundreds of butterflies are waiting to meet you!
This garden is filled with plants and flowers that best showcase the hundreds of butterflies flying all around you. Enjoy the tranquil water features, and take in the tropical setting.
Butterflies are from all over the planet and will amaze you as they emerge from their chrysalis in our viewing area, and then make their way into our garden to be enjoyed.
There is no handling/grabbing/catching/harrassing of butterflies-when handled, damage is done to the delicate scales on the butterfly wings which enable flight. If they can’t fly, they can’t eat, and die quickly.
Come discover the amazing world of butterflies at the GT Butterfly House!
The Bug Zoo is home to hundreds of insects from around the world! Here’s some exciting displays waiting for you:
Tarantula Tree–A large tree that holds some of the largest bodied spiders on the planet. There’s also education on spiders, including venomous species that live in Northern Michigan.
Beetle Boulder–This exhibit houses many different kinds of bugs, including blue feigning death beetles and millipedes, mantis and more.
Honeybee Observation Hive–Take pleasure in knowing that the bees are safely tucked behind glass while you are able to observe the inner workings of a hive! Watch the bee dance, and keep an eye out for her majesty, the Queen Bee!
Dr. Duke Elsner’s Crawl Space–This exhibit is dedicated to Dr. Duke Elsner, the resident Entomologist, who has collected thousands of bugs in his career and has generously allowed his private collection to be displayed! Featuring local bugs, moths and butterflies as well as educational information on the art of bug pinning.
Frogs! Amphibians are explained with poison dart frogs, horned frogs, tree frogs and firebelly toads who love to greet visitors. Watch for “Squishy,” our Iberian Rib Newt who lives with the frogs in our Paludarium.
Axolotls! If you don’t know what an “Axolotl” is, please come visit and meet them! These amazing creatures are highly endangered in the wild, and have been bred in captivity and studied by scientists for generations. Why? Because these animals, in the salamander family have the ability to regenerate limbs. They also breathe through external gills, and always seem to have a smile on their face….Weird and wonderful, Axolotls can teach about genetic diversity as well, demonstrating albino and melanistic traits.
Show your Active Military ID for $1.00 off your admission
$6/Child (4-12 yrs)
FREE – 3 & Under
Please arrive 45 minutes prior to close to enjoy everything the zoo has to offer.
10 or more scheduled: $5.00/Adults, $3.00/Children
They encourage civic groups of all kinds. Please contact them to set up your visit!
MINIMUM 48 HOURS ADVANCE NOTICE FOR ALL SCHEDULED GROUP TOURS – PLEASE PLAN TO PAY ONE GROUP ADMISSION TO RECEIVE THE ABOVE DISCOUNTS.
(Please no personal checks. Discount rates available Monday – Friday Only. )
Hours subject to change due to weather and private events -please call or check our Facebook Page for up to date hours)
Located: 8840 M-72, Williamsburg, Michigan