Ticket Information

$6 per person for Members

Up to $23 per person for non-members (includes General Garden Admission)

Additional fee for the Butterfly Feeding Experience

The butterflies return May 1, 2024! Immerse yourself amid hundreds of tropical butterflies as we celebrate our 4th year of SOAR!

This popular exhibit features hundreds of tropical butterflies that you wouldn’t normally see in Southern California. Your journey begins as you step into the Host and Nectar Garden and wander through beautiful plant species that are part of a butterfly’s habitat. Next, you’ll stop by our Emergence Chamber where you may just see a butterfly emerge from its pupa! Next, you’ll enter the pavilion where you will have an up-close-and-personal experience with the hundreds of butterflies flying throughout the exhibit. While the pavilion provides many photo-worthy moments, there will be additional photo opportunities outside of the pavilion as part of SOAR. Once your SOAR experience is complete, you can continue to awaken your senses with Bloom!

Butterfly Feeding Experience

Want an even more unique experience? Guests will again have the opportunity to feed our butterflies! Purchase the Butterfly Feeding Experience for an additional $6 and you can use a flower vial filled with nectar to use while inside the pavilion to help entice butterflies to come close to you for the optimum and most immersive experience. There will be one vial per Butterfly Feeding Experience ticket holder, which is returned at the end of the experience.

Photo Pass Wednesdays

We will be offering a SOAR Photo Pass ticket from 10 to 11 a.m. on the last Wednesday of every month throughout the exhibit’s run. This ticket will allow you to bring in additional camera equipment and allow more time in the pavilion to guarantee you get “the shot.”

Parent & Me: Butterflies 101

Join us for our new Parent & Me: Butterflies 101 class happening 10 to 11 a.m. Fridays, May 3, 10 and 24. Guests will get an up close and personal guided experience, starting at our Emergence Chamber Window, through our Host and Nectar Garden, and finishing up in our Pavilion with hundreds of tropical butterflies. Kids will create their own identification guide that you can use at South Coast Botanic Garden and even their own backyard! Each child will use a magnifying glass, notebook, pencil, and crayons to record their findings. All supplies needed will be provided. This class will take place in rain or shine! Price includes General Garden Admission, admission into SOAR and the class. All class participants (adults and children) require a ticket.

All photos taken by Chuck Bennett

Member Benefits

All Members receive special perks for SOAR, including:

  • A discount on SOAR tickets throughout the run of the exhibit (only $6 for Members, infants 1 year old or younger are free)
  • A 10% discount on all merchandise, plants and snacks at our Retail Kiosk
  • Garden Circle members receive two Golden Tickets to SOAR and other exhibits, which allow the ticket holder one-time free admission to the exhibition without a reservation! 

GREAT DEAL: A non-member family of five will pay $85 to experience SOAR… OR, for just $25 more, they can purchase a Basic Plus membership AND tickets to the butterfly pavilion for only $105 and get additional Member benefits including unlimited free visits to the Garden for a year.

Have additional questions regarding your ticket or Membership? Call (424) 452-0920.

Ticket Information

Please note that Members and non-members alike must purchase a timed ticket in advance. The time you purchase your ticket into the Garden is your time to also enter the butterfly pavilion for SOAR. After your visit to SOAR, you can explore the Garden’s additional collections at your leisure. You may arrive 30 minutes before your timed entrance to explore the outside areas of SOAR before entering the pavilion.

Non-Member Tickets

SOAR – Tropical Butterflies
(includes Garden Admission)
Adults (Ages 18+) $23/person
Children (Ages 5-12) $13/person
Children (Ages 2-4) $8/person
Infants* Free
Students and Seniors (62+) $19/person

SOAR + Butterfly Feeding Experience Tickets
(includes Garden Admission)
Adults (Ages 18+) $29/person
Children (Ages 5-12) $19/person
Children (Ages 2-4) $14/person
Students and Seniors (62+) $25/person

Member Tickets

SOAR – Tropical Butterflies
(includes Member’s Free GA benefit)
Adults (Ages 18+) $6/person
Children (Ages 5-12) $6/person
Children (Ages 2-4) $6/person
Infants* Free
Students and Seniors (62+) $6/person

SOAR + Butterfly Feeding Experience Tickets
(includes Member’s Free GA benefit)
Adults (Ages 18+) $12/person
Children (Ages 5-12) $12/person
Children (Ages 2-4) $12/person
Students and Seniors (62+) $12/person

* Please note that there are no strollers allowed inside of the butterfly pavilion. All infants must be carried throughout the exhibit. 

SPONSORED BY

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Sondra Behrens | Victoria Dible | Diane and Eric Schott |  James Scharffenberger, MD and
Janet Westergaard | Laurel Woodley

Copper Sponsors

Geraldean Belleville | The Catlett and Harmon Families | The Friesl Family | Karen and Paul Galleberg
Lynda and Paul Heran | Melanie and Jeff MacLean | Teresa and Michael Molina | Julie and Steve Paterson
Merredith and John Rea | Marcia and Michael Schoettle | John R. Sealy, MD | Sue and Steve Soldoff 
Torrance Refining Company

SOAR Ticketing Calendar

Advanced reservations are required. Select the date and time you’d like to visit in the calendar below. SOAR opens May 1.

Please note, if you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, please call 424-452-0920. If you’re a Member, please remember to log in.