A tropical escape in snowy Massachusetts - Metro US

A tropical escape in snowy Massachusetts


It’s always summer at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens. Tucked away in the hills near South Deerfield, Massachusetts, it’s close enough to the ski resorts to make a convenient break from the slopes.

A tropical garden fills the conservatory where the temperature is always 80 degrees. It’s the ideal climate for 3,000 butterflies that flutter around the foliage, waterfall and Koi-filed pond. Plenty of benches invite visitors to linger. Often the butterflies alight on their shoulders, making a perfect photo-op.

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​​ There are educational displays and kids’ activities in the buildings, but be aware that strollers are not allowed in the conservatory itself. Plan to bring a kiddie backpack or a Snugglie . There’s a food court with soups and burgers, and a sit-down restaurant with a casual, family-friendly menu. The gift shop arranges orders of butterfly-friendly plants and “livestock” — butterflies appropriate for your geographic area.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, 281 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, Massachusetts; 413-665-2805; www.magicwings.com

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