We visited Beech Creek on an early Friday afternoon. You can walk around the gardens and paths for free. If you want to visit the butterfly house there is a small charge of two dollars per person. The butterfly house is really neat; you can take qtips and dip them in sugar water and feed the butterflies. You can buy your tickets or pick up a brochure in the welcome center that also has a small gift shop that sells a variety of nature related items. On the side of the visitors center there is a large deck with tables and chairs that overlooks trees with bird feeders. It would definitely be a nice spot for a picnic. During the summer months they sell plants and herbs in their greenhouse; I purchased some rosemary. There is also a little pond with several turtles in it. Another small building houses some different plants, a train set and educational materials. Everyone we encountered was very friendly and helpful and the lady in the butterfly house shared a lot of information and was open to lots of questions.
I recommend a visit; without the small fee to get into the butterfly house everything else is free. It’s perfect for children because it’s educational and interactive. If you’re looking for something to do outside for an afternoon on a nice day you’ll probably enjoy visiting.
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