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. It's rare to see things in nature colored blue. That's why the Blue Morpho and other butterfly species with blue on their wings are so mesmerising.
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 Saturday, March 31, 2018. 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
March 3, 10, 23,24, 30 and 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
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.
“Tiny Seeds Yoga Class”
Children's Yoga Class
March 3, 10, 17 and 24; 9:30-10:15 a.m.
In this fun family-style yoga class, children and their caregivers will learn breathing exercises, yoga poses and mindfulness by using storytelling and playful yoga-based activities. Activities are for children ages 3 - 8, and include family/child yoga poses and games, reading a story book and quiet music with relaxation at the end of class. $12 per junior; adults pay Gardens admission fee. Registration is required.
Sunday, March 11; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hershey Gardens is proud to offer free admission on Sunday, March 11 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Guests are invited to enjoy the 23 acres, the MIlton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory and the indoor Butterfly Atrium. Plus, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., enjoy presentations from local gardening and horticultural organizations.