Bugs and Butterflies in KC

From vibrant butterflies, to creepy crawly insects, to our favorite animated hive-keepers and giant bugs—Kansas City offers many great family outings for exploring and enjoying bugs and butterflies!


Powell Gardens

1609 NW US Hwy. 50, Kingsville, MO. 816.697.2600

The highlight of summer at Powell Gardens is the annual Festival of Butterflies. Powell Gardens’ signature festival is a grand celebration of the fantastical beauty of the butterfly. Festival admission is charged.


National Agricultural Hall of Fame

630 N. 126th St. Bonner Springs, KS. 913.721.1075

Learn about honeybees and their role in local agriculture through one of the many exhibits at the Agricultural Hall of Fame.


Local Butterfly Gardens

Lowenstein Park

1901 NW Lowenstein Dr. Lee’s Summit, MO. FREE

Lowenstein Park is home to a small butterfly garden with flowers that attract butterflies.


Butterfly Bio-Villa at Pendleton’s Country Market

1446 E. 1850 Rd. Lawrence, KS 66046. 785.843.1409. $3/person

The bio-villa is an indoor butterfly garden and certified monarch way station. Learn how the butterfly progresses from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to gorgeous winged creature, all in the course of a few weeks.


Linda Hall Library Urban Arboretum

5109 Cherry St. Kansas City, MO. 816.926.8747

Kansas City’s urban arboretum on the UMKC campus features 14+ acres and is home to 338 trees, as well as viburnum and tree peonies that attract beautiful butterflies.


Overland Park Arboretum

8909 W. 179th St. Overland Park, KS. 913.685.3604. Admission charged.

The 300-acre arboretum features many wonderful gardens, including the Erickson Water Garden with many plants that specifically attract butterflies.


Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead

13800 Switzer Rd. Overland Park, KS 66221-7803. 913.897.2360. Admission charged.

Visit the butterfly garden, which includes wonderful photo ops for the kids who want to look like a butterfly or caterpillar.


K-State Insect Zoo and K-State Dairy Barn

1500 Denison Ave. Manhattan, KS. 785.532.BUGS

Open Tue.-Fri., 1:15-6:00 and Sat., noon-6:00 and by appointment. Admission charged.

Educational exhibits include a tropical tree/flooded Amazonian rainforest, tropical night-house (cave), observation beehive, a mock kitchen, a freshwater display and a number of terraria with numerous species of tropical insects, tarantulas and spiders, scorpions and other arthropods.

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