Butterfly Encounter

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Our year round butterfly and bird conservatory offers a one-of-a-kind experience, where one can mingle among the most beautiful "flying flowers", cheerfully chirping exotic finches, and Chinese button quail. Even experience the chance to feed butterflies from your finger tips! The Orlando Business Journal named Lukas Butterfly Encounter as one of the 25 largest tourist attractions in Central Florida.

General Admission: $6.00
Children 3 years old or younger are free

As butterflies are "solar powered" , needing to attain a body temperature over 80 degrees before taking flight, their activity is highest during sunny, warm days. Peak season is April through September.

Urban Farmhouse Gift Shop: One of our best kept secrets is our gift shop. You can find exceptional butterfly art and other nature gifts, trendy gifts and accessories, and even rustic home decor and our own line of jams and jellies. We have something for everyone! We also sell live caterpillars, chrysalises and cocoons, for your discovery and release based on seasonal availability.

Build your own butterfly garden. Lukas Nursery offers the largest selection of butterfly host and nectar plants for the local butterfly population.

Hours of operation

9am - 4pm Everyday (Last admission at 3:30)
407 - 365 - 6163 option 3


  • 4,000 sq. ft. Conservatory
  • Largest Variety of Native Butterflies
  • Our Own Covey of Button Quail
  • Aviary with Various Exotic, Colorful Finches
  • Find a Unique Gift for Any Occasion


Butterfly Garden Guide
This guide will help you identify the particular host and nectar plants needed to create your very own butterfly garden.


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Recent News

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NEW Glass Chrysalis Jewelry

Now available in The Gift Shop. Handmade, flameworked jewelry by glass artist Jude Rose. The delicate, realistic detail with 24k gold embellishments is breathtaking. Dangling from a 14k gold-filled chain, these beautiful pendants are sure to catch everyone's eye.

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Holiday Gift Shop

Visit our Gift Shop for Unique and Notable Holiday Gifts. Gifts for everyone, even that hard-to-buy for person! Find the Gift Shop at the front of the Butterfly Encounter.

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Experience the Fluttering Flowers

Check out what Scott Fais of Bright House Network's Channel 13 has to say about the Lukas Butterfly Encounter on "Florida on a Tankful". Fluttering Flowers

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Yankee Candles Here

Check out the new fall scents by Yankee Candle now available in the Butterfly Encounter Gift Shop!