Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Mission: National Butterfly Center

National Butterfly Center
Image: Judy Gallagher

Did you know nearly 150 species of North American butterflies can be seen only in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) of Texas, or by traveling to Mexico?

In fact, more than 300 species of butterflies may be found in the LRGV, and more than 200 species have been seen at the National Butterfly Center, including a number of rarities and U.S. Records!

Incredibly, almost 40% of the 700+ butterflies that can be found in the United States can be seen in this three-county area at the southernmost tip of Texas, where the subtropical climate makes it possible to enjoy the outdoors year 'round.


  • 3333 Butterfly Park Drive
  • Mission, Texas
  • 78572


Hours & Fees

  • September - March 8:00am - 5:00pm April - August 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Adults: $10.00, Children (5-12): $5.00, Children (4 and under): Free If you are local residents of Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy and Starr County, please bring id and you can get a lower rate.

Map & Directions

On the west side of Mission, from Business or Expressway 83, turn south on Bentsen-Palm Drive. When you reach the entrance to Bentsen Rio Grande State Park and the headquarters for the World Birding Center turn left (east) on "old" Military Road (unmarked). Drive one mile and turn right (south) on Butterfly Park Drive.

GPS Coordinates: 26.180243, -98.364973