Butterfly Releases

Join Us for a Butterfly Release

Tuesdays at 2pm | June 8th – September 7th

An Educator will be in our Butterfly House discussing the life cycle of a butterfly and the different types of butterflies you can see in the House that week. Butterflies will then be released into the Butterfly House. In case of rain, we will have an educator in our classroom, and guests will still be able to observe butterflies.

All ages welcome!  Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by an adult

Ticket Prices

NEW! Pre-registration is required*

General Admission | $9
New Hanover Resident, with ID | $5
Military (Active & Retired), with ID | $5
Children 4-12 | $3
Airlie Members | FREE (must be reserved in advance)

*Children 3 & under are FREE and do not require reserved tickets.



June 8th | SOLD OUT
June 15th | SOLD OUT
June 22nd | SOLD OUT
June 29th | SOLD OUT

July 6th | SOLD OUT
July 13th | SOLD OUT
July 20th | SOLD OUT
July 27th

August 3rd
August 10th
August 17th
August 24th
August 31st

September 7th


All membership levels include complimentary admission. Members must reserve their complimentary ticket(s) in advance. Please SIGN IN to your online member account to redeem benefits.

Individual Members | Admission for 1 adult.

Family Members | Admission for 2 adults and accompanying children under 18.

Camellia, Magnolia & Azalea Members | Admission for 2 adults and accompanying children under 18.


No, Butterfly Releases are not included in AHS Reciprocal Admission or Museum for All Discount program. Tickets must be purchased for special programing and events.

How to Register or Reserve

To reserve for these events, you must first register with an online account. We have a video linked below of how to register. You only have to register ONCE, so you may have already done this in 2019 or 2020. If you ‘ve forgotten your password, simply hit SIGN IN at the top right corner of the ticket page and select “Forgot Your Password”. 


  • On the Butterfly Release Ticket Page click SIGN IN at the top right corner. You’ll know you’re signed in if you see your email address, or username, appear at the top right.
  • Enter the number of tickets you would like to reserve – remember these are restricted to your membership benefits (see above) and hit ADD TO CART. Your member discount will appear on the CHECK OUT PAGE.
  • Scroll down on the check out screen and Click CHECK OUT. Your tickets will be sent via email. We do have the capability to scan from phones.

If you need additional assistance, please call us at 910-798-7700.