You’ll Love the “Winter Blues” at Hershey Gardens
Can’t escape the winter blues? Join them! You’ll love the winter blues at Hershey Gardens—the Blue Morpho butterfly, that is.
“Rarely are things in nature colored blue,” said Dan Babbitt, associate director of Hershey Gardens. “So the Blue Morpho and other butterfly species with blue on their wings are attention grabbing.”
Along with the Blue Morpho, nature’s rainbow of colors is well represented in the year-round indoor tropical Butterfly Atrium at Hershey Gardens. Kept at a constant 80 degrees, the Butterfly Atrium offers guests an escape to the tropics, no matter how cold it is outside. What could be more effective at taking winter’s chill off than visiting an environment with lush foliage, a soothing water feature and 500 butterflies?
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours in the summer, Hershey Gardens has reduced winter pricing in effect now through Friday, March 31, 2017. Regular admission (ages 13 to 61) is $10; Senior admission (ages 62+) is $9 and Junior admission (ages 3 to 12) is $8.
In addition to visiting the Butterfly Atrium, families can stay engaged in the fascinating world around them this winter by participating in one—or all—of the following activities at Hershey Gardens.
Guided Winter Walks
Fridays and Saturdays through March 31
Created in conjunction with Hershey Gardens and led by Dr. Raymond Barbehenn, guided winter walks will lead families on a fun and educational journey to discover the winter wonders of the Gardens. Barbehenn is a nationally respected and published research scientist and serves as Associate Research Scientist at the University of Michigan. Guided winter walks are subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. Included in admission.
Touch a Bug Insect Cart
Saturdays and Sundays
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Visit Hershey Gardens on weekends and explore the fascinating world of insects. Kids will meet some amazing giant bugs, learn where they come from and what makes them unique. Extra adventurous children will be able to touch—or even hold—the insect. At the end of their visit, kids will receive official certification as a Hershey Gardens “Bugologist.” A variety of bugs will be displayed throughout the year, including Blue Death Feigning Beetles, Tobacco Hornworms, Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers. Included in admission.
Self-Guided Winter Walks
Daily, beginning Wednesday, January 18
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Guests can discover the beauty of Hershey Gardens at their own pace. Visitors can request a Winter Walk guide at the admissions desk. Subject to cancellation in the event of inclement weather. Included in admission.
“For the Love of Orchids”
February 3, noon–5 p.m.
February 4-5, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Provided by the Susquehanna Orchid Society, the 33rd annual orchid show and sale, For the Love of Orchids, will be held in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory and feature more than 1,000 orchids. Fitting for the town that chocolate built, Sharry Baby, an orchid variety that smells like chocolate, will be on display. Other rare species and unique hybrids include Vanda, Dendrobrium, Cattleyas and Paphiopedilums.
Mimics: Plant or Insect?
Daily during February
9 a.m.–5 p.m.
See a special display of exotic insects that evolved to look identical to leaves, flowers and twigs, as a way to hide from predators. Learn about—and see—these live insects from around the world and be amazed by their ability to blend in with plants in their environment. Included in admission.