A family outing fosters lifelong memories while giving houses the chance to molt in private. Leave your domicile to its own devices with today's Groupon to The Butterfly Estates. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get one annual adult membership (a $24 value).
- For $30, you get an annual family membership for up to seven people (a $59.99 value).
Annual membership includes the following:
- Free year-round museum admission
- Early admission to guest speakers
- 10% off at Mother Nature's Gift Shop, Caterpillars Ice Cream and Fudge Factory, and Flutterby's Café
- Email notification of upcoming events
At The Butterfly Estates, butterflies flit and flutter between sunbeams that pour into a 3,600-square-foot glass greenhouse. Sweet-scented tropical nectar plants lure in these prismatic insects, which flash their vibrant hues above winding paths and cascading waterfalls. Educational exhibits illuminate the native butterfly’s life cycle, impact on environment, and sudden rage if mistaken for a moth.
Next door, the open-air Flutterby’s Café furnishes post-greenhouse refreshments. Housed in a 1913 historic home, the café features a shaded wrap-around porch where patrons can sip organic shade-grown coffees and teas from naturally compostable cups. With delicate jewelry and blown-glass artwork, a walk through Mother Nature’s Gift Shop sparks gift ideas to woo nature aficionados and melt the hearts of hardened lumberjacks. Additionally, the aroma of homemade sweets wafts from Caterpillars Ice Cream & Fudge Factory, where dairy mavens churn fresh treats daily.
Gardner's Park Tea House at The Shops at The Butterfly Estates
A 3,614-square-foot glass greenhouse dominates the landscape at The Butterfly Estates, where hundreds of butterflies flutter about. Monarchs, swallowtails, and rarer breeds flash their prismatic wings as they sip from tropical-nectar plants, alight on tree branches, and play proboscis patty-cake with their neighbors. Visitors soothe their souls with the peaceful sound of rushing waterfalls within the space, which is also punctuated with signs describing the insect residents and promoting environmental conservation. When sitting in the front yard dressed like a giant butterfly fails, the center can advise guests on how to attract butterflies to their gardens at home.
The Estates comprises more than just the glass conservatory, however; in adjacent refurbished homes from the early 20th century, the caretakers have installed a café, a gift shop, and a tea hours serving tea forte, frogurt and handmade fudge. At ZCrêpes Café, patrons recline on black leather booths in a modern space with chrome tabletops. Fresh breezes waft through the outdoor area as diners nibble sweet and savory crepes, or just-baked quiche.