Butterflies at the Bridge
Enjoy a colorful, live butterfly garden
Immerse yourself in the world of live butterflies in this indoor garden at The Natural Bridge. Get up close to these fluttering natural wonders, from around the world and our own backyard. See hundreds of these amazing creatures in flight and developmental stages among beautiful tropical plants in this unique indoor garden.
Open through December 1, 2013. Please check back for Spring 2014 information. Visit the Special Offers page for online ticket offers and hotel packages.
Tropical plants line the walkways, as well as a seven-foot waterfall and a reflecting pond. Butterflies feed on nectar and fruit as they travel through the exhibit. A Virginia farmhouse facade lines the back wall and houses the emergence room where guests can witness the butterfly life cycle from pupae to adult. New species are introduced weekly.
The Natural Bridge has had a long, harmonious relationship with butterflies. Guests see these beautiful creatures daily in their natural habitat along the serene Cedar Creek Nature Trail leading to the Natural Bridge, and now in this new exhibit designed to showcase their natural beauty. Besides nectar in the trailside flowers, butterflies feed on the minerals abundant in the creek's shallow streambed, its large wet rocks. At Cascade and Lace Falls, and along the wall of the Natural Bridge, they find potassium nitrates in the damp limestone.
Included with Natural Bridge admission and student program tickets (Field Trips, Scout programs and Homeschool days).
Located on the lower level of the Gift Shop building next to the Toy Museum. Click here for operating hours.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 800-533-1410, email us, or use our online request form.