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Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

Updated on September 25, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

3 butterflies landed on my husband which delighted my daughters. Can you find the butterflies?
3 butterflies landed on my husband which delighted my daughters. Can you find the butterflies? | Source


Magic Wings is a wonderful butterfly conservatory in South Deerfield, Massachusetts.When first hearing about this facility, one might think it is rather boring. But a trip with children to this magical place will be sure to bring delight to all family members.

This indoor butterfly conservatory spreads out over 8,000 square feet. There are almost 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies living here. There are tanks with a variety of reptiles including lizards and frogs, and Madagascar cockroaches. There is also a butterfly hatching area where visitors can observe butterflies hatching out of their cocoons. Exotic birds and quail also inhabit the conservatory, providing, even more, variety in the creature sightings at this magical place.The environment is quite tropical and calming with a variety of plants, a pond filled with Koi fish, and a small waterfall. It is quite warm inside the conservatory itself so bear that in mind when visiting.

In warmer months guests may enjoy and outside garden filled with plants that attract butterflies. There are benches to sit on and just observe the action and enjoy the colorful butterflies flitting around. The Conservatory specializes in butterfly education, recreation, and garden supplies.

A fascinating part of the butterfly observatory is that if visitors stand still, they are usually fortunate enough to have butterflies land on them. The butterflies particularly like scents so visitors wearing perfume or after shave are more likely to have a butterfly landing experience. To see the face of a child light up when a butterfly lands on a part of their body is an amazing treat for any adult.

To attract the butterflies to land on a body part, visitors should wear bright colors, especially bright yellow if possible. You have the option to purchase an inexpensive necklace of brightly colored beads (see the picture of my daughter in the blue shirt below) to attract butterflies to you. Visitors are not allowed to touch the butterflies due to their fragile wings, but they can choose to land on the visitors. If you take your family to visit Magic Wings, make sure to bring a camera to capture some amazing pictures.

For families who may want some refreshment before or after their visit to Magic Wings, there is a restaurant available on the premises, fittingly named, 'Monarch's Restaurant." Strollers are not allowed inside the conservatory. The aisles are rather tight, and guests trying to maneuver around the conservatory would have a much harder time trying to avoid tripping on strollers. There are two larger areas that are less congested. Young children and babies are often carried, or baby carriers can be used to help ease the congestion. Wheelchairs are allowed.

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory is open year round, and seven days per week, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

These are the colored beaded necklaces we wore to attract butterflies:

My husband wore a strong cologne (Polo Gold for those interested) and the butterflies were quite attracted to him as you can see in this picture of one on his chest.
My husband wore a strong cologne (Polo Gold for those interested) and the butterflies were quite attracted to him as you can see in this picture of one on his chest. | Source
A butterfly landing on my daughter's pants leg was quite exciting!
A butterfly landing on my daughter's pants leg was quite exciting! | Source
Each of my daughters was fortunate enough to experience a butterfly landing.
Each of my daughters was fortunate enough to experience a butterfly landing. | Source
Love in the land of butterflies...Magic Wings is a fun place for couples to go on dates, as well as for family trips.
Love in the land of butterflies...Magic Wings is a fun place for couples to go on dates, as well as for family trips. | Source

Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory

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Watch a family's visit to Magic Wings here

© 2012 Karen Hellier

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      GlstngRosePetal,

      Thanks so much. I loved the pictures too. They show the wonder on my daughters faces, and how much fun it was to be there.

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      GlstngRosePetals 

      6 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

      What a great journy with the photos and video to set this hub. great job Voted up!!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      shiningirisheyes,

      If you go to the Yankee Candle store, you should check this place out too. It's only about 15 minutes up the road, and is worth the trip.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      one2get2,

      Thanks for stopping by. If you ever get a chance to go to a butterfly conservatory, it's a really magical experience, especially if they land on you!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 

      6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Fantastic journey this hub brought me on. I would probably stand and let them land if I ever got the opportunity to visit!

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      Philip Cooper 

      6 years ago from Olney

      What a beautiful topic.....I enjoyed and learned a lot from this hub. Thank you.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Faith Reaper,

      You are welcome. I am glad you liked the trip! If you go, wear some bright colors and your camera. It's a wonderful experience with children. Thanks for the votes.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      Dear ElleBee,

      I hope you get the chance to go. It is a bit on the pricey side so getting discount passes is a good idea. Don't forget to wear bright colors, and some sweet perfume is a good lure as well. Have fun.

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      ElleBee 

      6 years ago

      I've heard so many great things about this place, but never actually made it there yet! Pretty sure my library has discount passes, so I may need to gather up a couple little cousins and head up there some time soon.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much for inviting us along on your trip to the beautiful butterfly conservatory! The photos are great. I see the three butterflies on your husband. They really did love him. Ha. The video is lovely and fun to watch too. I know my granddaughters would really love a trip to a butterfly conservatory. Voted Way Up across the board.

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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