Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens, opened in October of 2000, consists of an 18,400-square foot facility that includes a 8,000-sq. ft. glass conservatory filled with butterflies, moths and tropical vegetation. We commemorated our new expansion in a Grand Opening ceremony June 26, 2004. The sun shines through the glass walls and heats up the conservatory to an 80-degree tropical-like environment all year round. The heart-shaped pond with Japanese koi graces the center of the conservatory. The sound of the waterfall, peaceful music and hundreds of butterflies fluttering freely through the air creates a tranquil and serene atmosphere. It has become a sought-after romantic place for weddings, for which we can provide a justice of the peace. Visits anytime throughout the year are delightful. It's truly amazing inside, for no matter how many people are enjoying the conservatory, it's still a peaceful sanctuary for all. Enter through the main entrance into our plant-filled atrium.
During cold winter days, a blazing fire is ongoing in the imposing fieldstone fireplace, beckoning you to shake off the chill of the day. Perched over the admissions counter is a 12-foot butterfly kite. On the wall is a handmade quilt by dottie case that includes the words Magic Wings 5 times. Can you find them?
Once you've paid your admission fee, you enter into our exhibits and display area where butterfly videos are presented. Browse through the various exhibits showing the history and evolution of butterflies. Did you know that butterflies and moths were possibly around during the dinosaur age? Did you know that a butterfly egg is the size of a pin head? Did you know that a caterpillar (also called a larva) eats its egg as soon as it hatches?
On the back wall is a poster of the Butterfly Alphabet, by Kjell B. Sandved, and on the front wall is the 4' x 6' original painting of Butterflies USA, by Alan James Robinson, commissioned especially for Magic Wings.
Through the double doors lies the conservatory. Your first glimpse is one of awe. Some 3,000 butterflies of all colors, shapes, sizes and varieties go dancing past. Our Flight Attendants are scattered throughout the conservatory, waiting to help you identify the many different butterflies. Brilliantly colored koi rise to the surface of the pond to greet you. Along the sides of the paths, we've tucked park benches for you to sit and relax and watch for as long as you need.
Leaving the conservatory, you enter the unique Magic Wings Gift Shop. Here you will find everything for the butterfly lover from novelty and gift items, to greeting cards and educational books, videos and posters, to T-shirts and sweatshirts, jewelry, mirrors, and even butterfly playing cards. We've also included our own unique glass globes -- no two alike -- that are truly amazing works of art.
We have visited many butterfly conservatories, but this is our favorite. This is the only one we know that provides abundant seating to encourage lingering! And they staff answer questions in depth -- you can tell they love what they are doing. It's fun to see the delicious-looking salads prepared for the reptiles too. The wandering tiny quail are a bonus!
I had an amazing experience visiting magic wings. It's not too far deep into Massachusetts and the drive is very worth it since it's very easy. I have a student discount until the age of 22 which is the last year you can claim it. I believe the adult price is $16 and there is discounts for children. They have a gift shop of food court and two parts of the conservatory. The first room is a display case Museum and the second room is where you interact with the birds, butterflies and some reptiles. The rules are do not touch the butterflies or the flowers. Definitely highly recommended for anybody of all ages and backgrounds.
Its a beautiful little garden filled with free butterflies! They fly around you and if you are lucky they will even land on you. They also have other animals on closed displays, large insects, lizards, little frogs and others. It is definitely worth the price!!
This is one of my favorite places on Earth. In the middle of winter when everything is dead and depressing you can go to Magic Wings for a few hours and just enjoy the heat, the color and relax. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Every time I go I learn something else about butterflies. I also ordered butterflies for my wedding ceremony and was not disappointed. I got a dozen stunning monarchs who all made a beautiful showing at the end of our ceremony. And when I went to pick up the butterflies, every staff member I encountered wished us well and congratulated us. It's a little out of the way, but if you plan your day, there's plenty to do. Oh and don't forget to look out for the little birds. So darn cute!!!
Lot of butterflies and cute little small quail. This is a nice place to go for a short trip. if you have to travel to get there, you may be disappointed. Whenever I have been to other butterfly exhibits, they have been part of a larger facility. Being that this is only a butterfly place means that after 1/2 hour you have seen it all.