It’s not officially Spring in the Stateline until the butterflies come back! One of our favorite things to do every Spring is visiting the Butterfly Exhibit at Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in Rockford. This exhibit has been a Springtime staple for more than seven years, but had to be canceled last year due to COVID. Thankfully, they are back this year!
If you haven’t been before, the Butterfly Exhibit is inside Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens in the tropical conservatory. You are able to interact with the butterflies and feed them sugar water from small sponges on sticks. Butterflies will land on you while you are there! A staff member will ensure you have no butterflies on your body before you leave the exhibit.
In addition, there’s a Butterfly Lab where butterflies are stored until they emerge from their pupa. If you go a few times throughout the Spring, you will see different types of butterflies.
In previous years, there has been a Breakfast with the Butterflies event, but this year that event is canceled due to COVID.
If you want to go to the Butterfly Exhibit this year, here’s what you need to know.
Where: Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
1354 N 2nd St., Rockford, IL
Hours: The exhibit runs from March 20 – June 6, 2021. It is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.
Cost: $7 per resident / $9 non-resident (adults)
$5 per resident / $7 per non-resident (ages 5-17)
$3 per resident / $4 per non-resident (ages 3-4)
Kids 2 and under are free
Specials and Discounts: Tropical Tuesdays offer discounted rates of $4 per resident / $5 per nonresident every Tuesday.
Registration: This year, pre-registration is required. You can register here.
We had a great time visiting the Butterfly exhibit this year. New additions include a short video about the exhibit, a stop in the butterfly lab, and a visit with the butterflies.