Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Mackinac Island Butterfly House, Michigan

On our recent trip to Michigan, we took the ferry to Mackinac Island, home of dozens of fudge shops, horses & bicycles (no cars are allowed on the island) beautiful mansions, the Grand Hotel, picturesque everything, and - what this entry is about - the Mackinac Island Butterfly House.

The day we went to Mackinac (pronounced mack-in-awe) Island was gorgeous. Perfect temperature, bright blue skies, and a gentle breeze. The ferry was a short relaxing ride across a smidgeon of Lake Huron. After getting a few squares of obligatory fudge we walked a short distance to the Butterfly House.

Typical scenes on Mackinac Island

To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be as impressed as I was. The place didn't look too exciting from the outside - rather nondescript and small. But we went inside, paid a reasonable admission fee, were handed a butterfly identification chart, and headed into butterfly central.

And I've gotta admit, it was lovely. Butterflies of various types and sizes all over the place in a greenhouse-like setting that begged to be wandered slowly.

Slower! Ssssllllloooowwwweeerrrrrr!!!

And did I mention there were butterflies?

Butterflies landed on us, snacked from flowers and feeders, flew among a variety of vegetation, and taught us how to love again. Well, okay, maybe not that last part. But my family did have a great time. 

After leaving the butterfly chamber, we headed into another room that had various displays of mounted exotic insects (many that you would not want crawling up your leg) as well as live turtles, tarantulas, lizards and a hive of honey bees. And yes, of course they had a gift shop.

If you go to Mackinac Island, I highly recommend this place. It's great for young and old alike. Both of our kids - often hard to impress - were quite mesmerized by the experience.

And if you do go, make sure to send me back some fudge!

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