Idlewild Butterfly Farm welcomes…

Butterfly Lovers 

Visit our farm. See how butterflies are raised. Purchase butterflies for your special event or butterfly life cycle kits for home or classroom. Browse unique butterfly-themed items including real butterfly wing jewelry and framed butterfly specimens.

Insect Lovers

Step into our insectarium where we house and raise exotic insects from all over the globe. Browse our framed insect taxidermy for the latest unique inclusion to your home decor. Geek out with our entomologists.


Shop our insecticide-free foliage and floral stock specially selected to support and attract butterflies and other pollinators. Purchase beneficial insects for your yard or garden. Consult with our entomologists to address your horticultural pests using beneficial insects.


Browse unique gifts and accessories inspired by the natural world. Support small business and craftspeople both local and abroad. Feel good about fair trade and sustainably produced products - no cheap plastic imports.


Tour our insectarium to experience exotic insects up close and personal. Take home one of our butterfly life cycle kits. Learn about native butterflies and the metamorphosis life cycle of the butterfly. Shop our favorite bug- and butterfly-themed books and toys.


Just curious? We are centrally located in Louisville KY and open to the public. Come see what we are all about!


Visit us during our regular business hours - no appointment necessary! Wanting to visit with a group? Learn more about scheduling a field trip.

As a farm, our full range of features and products may vary according to season.

  • Butterfly Season (May–September) Tuesday–Saturday 10:00 am — 5:00 pm

  • Holiday Season (October–December) Tuesday–Saturday 11:00 am — 4:00 pm

  • Off Season (January–March) Closed To The Public

  • Pre-Season (March–April) TBA


First time at Idlewild Butterfly Farm? You’ll love our guided tour!

Join one of our experienced staff for a behind-the-scenes experience. See what we do and how we do it, from butterfly rearing to the care of exotic insects. You will not only learn about these amazing creatures, but get to handle and experience them up close — an unforgettable experience for children and adults alike.

Tours are available on our normal business days starting on the top of the hour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Tours last approximately forty minutes. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.

Admission $10 Adults / $7 Children 3-12 Yrs / $8 Seniors & Military

Location & parking

We are located in Louisville’s historic Shelby Park neighborhood minutes away from Old Louisville and The Highlands. Building-adjacent parking is available streetside on Logan Street and St. Catherine Street.