Last week I had the opportunity to take a family trip up to South Deerfield, MA. to visit Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory & Gardens. If you love butterflies, especially photographing butterflies, you have to check this place out!
There are hundreds of butterflies that fly around the garden area as you walk through the conservatory. If you wear bright colors and sit still, you have a pretty good chance of one landing on you.
There is an assortment of different butterflies along with a butterfly hatchery where you can watch young butterflies hatch out of their chrysalis. There is also a beautiful pond area with huge Koi fish:
Young quail that scurry around your feet as you walk:
A beautiful variety of tropical plant life and flowers:
And an assortment of reptiles and amphibians hanging around:
In addition to the butterfly conservatory, The Yankee Candle Village is right down the street. They have every candle scent you can imagine along with an assortment of gifts and items for your home and garden.
It is like a mall of candles, home goods, little treasures, fresh-made chocolate fudge and popcorn, and if you have kids there is a huge toy store (where santa hangs out during the off-season). The decor of the village is beautiful and includes a waterfall and fresh snow fall every 4 minutes:
It is so easy to make a day trip of the whole area. We like to start off at Magic Wings in the morning, drive down the street to the Yankee Candle Village to eat lunch at Chandler’s restaurant and then browse through the Village stores.
Depending on what time of year you go, the front gardens of the village are always well landscaped with whatever beautiful flowers are common for the time of year you go.
So, if you are looking for a fun little day trip to take with your little ones, Magic Wings and the Yankee Candle Village is definitely a must!