Apr 04

Cockrell Butterfly House: Little Wings over Texas

Butterfly houses like the Cockrell Butterfly House in Houston are a fun family vacation spot.  Traveling with two little ones, finding fun educational things is a priority for us wherever we go.  We also look for places where we can see lots of things without traveling very far and Hermann Park in Houston definitely fit that description.
see through butterflyBeing home to the Houston Zoo as well as the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Cockrell Butterfly House we knew exactly where we wanted to go on our short trip to Houston.

So after visiting the zoo in the morning, we next headed over to the Cockrell butterfly House.  Our oldest girl just loves butterfly houses and seeing all the butterflies flying around is a real treat for her.  Also now that she is older, about two and half when we visited the Cockrell Butterfly House, she took a real interest in the interactive exhibits they had on display.  It was also a treat for us to see our three month old follow the butterflies with her eyes as they flew close to her.
Cockrell Butterfly HouseThe Cockrell Butterfly House, located at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, is a living butterfly habitat centered on a 50 foot waterfall.  It is a stunning three story facility with floor to ceiling glass walls filled with exotic plants and of course hundreds of colorful butterflies.   In addition to their replicated rainforest the Cockrell Butterfly House is also home to the Brown Hall of Entomology, an educational center with interactive areas and tanks filled with a variety of insects.
White ButterflyWe really enjoyed our visit to the Cockrell Butterfly House and would have to say it is one of the prettiest ones that we have been to with their large waterfall.  We were also impressed with the variety of butterflies they had on display.
Looking at the fishKaren and I have been to several different butterfly houses but have never seen one with a greta oto or glasswing butterfly.  The greta oto has transparent wings so that was pretty neat for us to see.  Our eldest child enjoyed the educational areas as well as seeing the butterflies so we thought it was well worth the admission price.

PlayingKaren and I recommend that you make a day out of it and visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science as well as the Cockrell Butterfly House.  By buying a combined ticket you can save a few dollars.  The science museum was fun, but we both enjoyed the butterfly house more.  It made for a great end to a long day at Hermann Park.
Butterfly To see our reviews of other Butterfly Houses click here
Sara Long WingCockrell Butterfly House
Located at 5555 Hermann Park Dr. Houston TX
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 7 days a week
Cost as of this Posting: Adults 12 and over $8.00, Children 3 to 11 $7.00 and Seniors 62 and over $7.00
For more information visit their website at http://www.hmns.org/

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