5 Places to Catch Butterflies in Georgia

  • Butterflies Fill the Butterfly Center at Callaway Gardens

Imagine being surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of butterflies. These butterfly exhibits, festivals and events in Georgia promise to shower visitors with the vibrant colors of beautiful butterflies throughout August and September.

Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Kennesaw


See six species of butterflies at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Ga., through Sept. 10.
See six species of butterflies at Smith-Gilbert Gardens in Kennesaw, Ga., through Sept. 10.

A garden with wings: Butterflies & Biodiversity Exhibit through Sept. 10, 2016. Garden Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Growing in Kennesaw, Smith-Gilbert Gardens is an oasis of more than 3,000 plant species hosting a stunning collection of bonsai trees, tranquil koi pond, and vibrant flowers. The winding, natural surface paths lead visitors among impressive groves, shaded flower gardens and captivating sculptures. This year marks the first annual Butterflies & Biodiversity Exhibit. This fun and educational exhibit includes a butterfly house filled with monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies, and more. The butterfly house is located right next to the Childrens Learn & Play Garden.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain

Bluebirds and Butterflies, August 13, 20 & 27 from 10-11 a.m., and Sept. 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Help FDR State Park monitor bluebird nest boxes, and visit the butterfly garden to learn more about attracting bluebirds and butterflies to your home gardens.

Dunwoody Nature Center

Butterfly Festival 2014
Butterfly Festival 2014

Annual Butterfly Festival, August 20, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Dunwoody Nature Center hosts an annual Butterfly Festival showcasing hundreds of live butterflies fluttering in two huge butterfly tents. The all-day event features crafts and games for kids and discovery stations exploring butterflies in Georgia and their ecosystems. Live entertainment includes animal encounters, magicians, music, and birds of prey.

Laura S. Walker State Park, Waycross

Beautiful Birds and Butterflies, August 20, 1-3 p.m. Participate in butterfly crafts and help tidy the butterfly sanctuary after a presentation about the park’s winged creatures.

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain

Blue Morpho Month at Day Butterfly Center, Sept. 1-30, 2016. One of North America’s largest tropical butterfly conservatories, the Day Butterfly Center welcomes guests to enjoy the beauty of a thousand fluttering butterflies. During September, Blue Morpho Month delights visitors with a spectacular sight as hundreds of iridescent blue butterflies fill the air.


Candy Cook

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