2023 Dow Gardens Butterflies In Bloom | Midland Michigan Butterfly House, Photos, Know Before You Go!

2023 Dow Gardens Butterflies In Bloom | Midland Michigan Butterfly House, Photos, Know Before You Go!

By Sherry Trautman | Travel-Mi.com | Updated March 1, 2023

Dow Gardens Butterflies In Bloom is an explosion of your senses!!  Watch stunning butterflies emerge from their chrysalis' and learn how to safely pick them up! Located in Midland, Michigan!

When Is Dow Gardens Butterflies In Bloom?

March 3 - April 16, 2023, 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. Daily. 

Extended viewing hours on Fridays until 7:30 p.m. beginning March 17, 2023!

See Lovely Butterflies Flitting About in Dow Garden's Conservatory!

This fully immersible butterfly house is different than others in the state in that you can pick them up, carry them around and learn first hand about the beauty and fragility of butterflies!

Tickets must be purchased online, or via phone, in advance of your visit.

When is the best time to see the butterflies?

Butterflies have been emerging for quite a while before the exhibit opens so you will see lots of butterflies even on the first day.

Butterflies are most active on warm, sunny, days. So they will most likely be in flight. On cloudy days the butterflies are restful which is a great time for photos!

Grab Our Dow Garden's Guide!  So many beautiful things to do and see during your visit!

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Dow Gardens Butterflies-Know Before Your Go

  • You MUST call head of time or go their Dow Gardens' website and schedule the day and time of your visit. Spring Break will be very busy.  
  • ***The time you schedule is the time you walk into the butterfly house. It is not the time you arrive at the front desk. Ex: If your scheduled time is 1:00, I would arrive at 12:30 at the front desk and allow time to walk to the butterfly house.  Know that it takes about 20 minutes to walk back to the butterfly house if you have small children.  If you are fit and head straight there, you can make it in about 7 minutes. 
  • If you have an annual pass there is no extra charge for the butterfly house.  Otherwise you must purchase a daily or annual pass. 
  • Plan to spend 30-45 minutes in the butterfly house. Also plan to walk the grounds.  Overall, you can easily spend 3 hours here.
  • It is VERY hot in the butterfly house. I wore a tank top and jeans and was still hot. 
  • I know this seems obvious, but just in case...butterflies are flying loose in the butterfly house.  They may land on you or fly very close to you.
  • Please be mindful of photographers...don't try to pick up a butterfly they are photographing.  
  • There is a separate place to hang your coats.
  • There are restrooms in the butterfly house in the front entry.

How Long Does it Take to Walk Through Dow Gardens?

If it's your first visit, I recommend about three hours as you can also visit Whiting Forest and the Longest Canopy Walk in the United States.  There is a playground for kids and a cafe at Whiting Forest so be sure to stop and get a cup of coffee while the kids play! 

Why I Love Dow Gardens Butterflies In Bloom

I love Dow Gardens Butterflies in Bloom because spring is definitely in the air!  Birds are chirping, chipmunks are scurrying and the trees are juuuust beginning to bloom.  It's a great place to visit in Michigan!

Visiting the butterfly house at Dow Gardens in Midland, Michigan will get you outside, awaken your spirit and well, give you a bit of much needed fresh air.  It's kind of a two for one...butterflies AND a chance to explore the gardens!

Plus the sunshine, thawing creek and chirping birds revives my soul! I'm sure it will do the same for you!

Visit Whiting Forest Next Door!

Connected to Dow Gardens is the Longest Canopy Walk in America.  Park once, use your pass you purchased at Dow Gardens and walk over!

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