Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium



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The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is a treasure trove of all things that creep and crawl. From terrifying tarantulas to beautiful butterflies, all six- and eight-legged life is here. You can even get to taste some of the little critters in Bug Appétit, the Audubon’s very own insect kitchen. Book today with City Sightseeing.
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1 Days Duration
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Mobile and paper vouchers are both accepted for this tour.

Cancellation Policy

All sales are final: tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded by City Sightseeing.


  • Taste a delicious Chocolate Chirp Cookie, a traditional cookie with cricket as an added ingredient!
  • Find out how important insects are to the world around us
  • Discover an incredible colony of leafcutter ants
  • See some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies in flight
  • Learn all about the planet’s most numerous animals


Come and discover the secrets of the world’s most common animals. Did you know that the insect biomass is more than fifteen times that of humans? It’s estimated that there are as many as 10 quintillion insects alive at any one time!

The Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is the perfect place to find out all about these incredible creatures that play such a vital role in our planet’s ecosystem. Start by exploring the outdoor Butterfly Garden, home to hundreds of marvellous butterflies. If you’re lucky, one might even come and land on you.

In the Insectarium, you’ll be able to see countless examples of our invertebrate neighbours and wonder at their different abilities and lifestyles. Among the most popular are the leafcutter ants. You can see inside their colony where they bring leaves to help grow the fungus that feeds them.

For something a little ickier, you can stick your head in a transparent dome inside a kitchen cabinet full of giant cockroaches! Or check out the dung beetles doing their dung-rolling stuff or the termites that are gnawing their way through a wooden replica of the New Orleans skyline.

If you’ve worked up an appetite you can head to Bug Appétit, where you’ll be able to try such delicacies as Chocolate Chirp Cookies, which included crickets as well as chocolate. Most who try them want more!

Before you Go

  • Opening hours (*subject to change):
    • Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • Open on Mondays in spring and summer
    • Closed on Mardi Gras Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • Please note that the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium is housed in a Federal building so it is necessary to pass through a security control before you enter


Cancellation Policy

All sales are final: tickets cannot be exchanged or money refunded by City Sightseeing.

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10018, New York, United States of America