The Butterfly Place – 120 Tyngsboro Road, Westford MA
What it is: The Butterfly Place is not an all-day activity. Depending on the age of your kid, it’s not even an hour-long activity as the business itself suggests. With my curious, nature-loving 3-year-old we were in the building for about 20 minutes, but it was still pretty cool. It is quite literally a medium-sized atrium room with a brick pathway that leads you around a garden filled with a variety of free-flying butterflies and moths. You can watch them dining on flower blossoms and fruit, and drinking from sponges. They fly all around you and if you’re lucky, one might land. There are also tiny quails roaming around on the ground, so you have to watch your step (and your kids’).
Highlights: A great little stop for budding photographers and bug lovers. The front desk sells an identification chart for $1, which would make for a cool Look-and-Find activity for older toddlers and kids with more patience.
Bummers: It’s pretty small, so there is not much space to move around inside. (If you’ve been to the butterfly room at the Botanical Garden in Montreal, this is about a third of the size.) And, $11 for adults and $8.50 for kids might feel steep to some for such a brief and limited experience. I can not say it’s not worth it though – it just depends what you want to get out of it.
Tip: It’s a humid 85 degrees inside for the sake of the plants and bugs. Make sure you’re wearing layers you can peel off!
What’s Nearby: Not much.