Do you know that there are a lot of living creatures to appreciate here in Maine, but there’s one that only gets the spotlight for a short part of the year? In the spring and summertime, butterflies make their way to Maine gardens — and it’s a beautiful sight to see. While there are estimated to be between 15,000 and 20,000 different species of butterflies, most people only get to see a fraction of that amount. While that’s certainly unfortunate, we’re just happy for the ones we can see. And one of the best places to enjoy the butterflies is Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden. If we’ve piqued your interest, read on to learn more about these beautiful butterfly gardens in Maine.

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Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden is open seasonally from mid-May to mid-October, sunrise to sunset. You can learn more about the history of these butterfly gardens in Maine, hours, and upcoming events on the Charlotte Rhoades Park & Butterfly Garden website.

Not far from this beauty is another spectacular nature spot to enjoy. Check out our coverage of Asticou Azalea Garden to learn why we think they’re also one of the best gardens in Maine. And, if you’d like to spend more time outdoors checking out butterflies and other wildlife, we suggest taking advantage of this AllTrails offer.

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Butterfly Gardens in Maine

What are some of the best botanical gardens in Maine?

The following list highlights some of the best botanical gardens in Maine:

  • Viles Arboretum in Augusta: Take your family to this tranquil escape featuring over 200 acres of hikes, forest, fields, and stunning landscapes.
  • Hamilton House Grounds in South Berwick: Along with checking out the gardens at this historic home, take time to marvel at the water views of the Salmon Falls River.
  • McLaughlin Garden in South Paris: If you're a fan of irises, we suggest heading to this lovely garden during spring and summer to enjoy these flowers.
  • Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay: Enjoy epic coastal scenery when you visit these botanical gardens in Maine. These are also the largest gardens in New England.

 

For more ideas of where to visit, check out our Parks & Gardens in Maine guide.

What are some of the best parks in Maine?

Aside from Acadia National Park, here are some of the best parks in Maine:

  • Baxter State Park in Millinocket: Soak in water and mountain views when you explore this stunning park featuring numerous hiking trails.
  • Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle: This 800-acre state park was founded in 1938 and is the oldest in Maine.
  • Fort Knox State Park in Prospect: Unlike other parks in Maine, this historical park features the state's largest military fort.
  • Moose Point State Park in Searsport: This underrated state park, with calming water views, was opened in 1963.