Butterfly Vivarium at The Monarch Program

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Location: Encinitas (26 Miles / 30 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)

Hours: 11AM – 3PM Saturdays; Also Open Thursday and Fridays during the Summer.

Cost: $6 ($4 for Kids ages 4 – 12)

Features: Butterfly Habitat


*** The Butterfly Vivarium has temporarily closed in 2014 as it seeks a new home. It’s been in the same location since 1992 but now needs a larger facility to better host school groups and others. If you are able to help out, please contact The Monarch Program. ***
Highlights for the Butterfly Vivarium: The lengthy migration of Monarch Butterflies has befuddled biologists for years, especially considering butterflies do not live longer than a few months. However, multiple generations find their way from the United States down to their winter sanctuaries in Mexico and back. The Monarch Program is a research and education program centered around Monarch butterflies. The Butterfly Vivarium is a 1,200 square foot, outdoor facility providing a nurturing habitat for butterflies. Nearly 15 species of butterflies are housed in the Vivarium. You can view pictures and information about each of these butterfly species on their web site. Visitors are welcome to visit and learn about these butterflies.

Information on Visiting the Butterfly Vivarium

Admission Costs: (Costs are Approximate)

  • Parking is free.
  • $6 for Adults
  • $5 for Teens & Seniors
  • $4 for Kids Ages 4 – 12.

Food – There are a number of restaurant options just a couple blocks away along Coast Highway 101.

Directions from Google Maps to 450 Ocean Avenue in Encinitas, CA 92024.

Traffic – Traffic is relatively light during the Butterfly Vivarium’s normal hours. (Learn how to get the latest traffic updates.)

Transit - The Butterfly Vivarium is a one mile walk north of the Coaster train station in Encinitas. (See San Diego Transit Information for the train schedules and information for the online Transit Planner.)

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