Franklin Park Conservatory

Photo: Franklin Park Conservatory

Now that the snow has melted, the sun's shining and the weather is continuing to warm up, it seems the end of winter is finally here. What better way to get in the mood for spring than a trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory ?

Now's the time to catch Blooms & Butterflies , one of the Franklin Park Conservatory's most popular exhibits. On March 13, hundreds of butterflies invaded the Conservatory, representing more than 100 species from around the world. This is the exhibit's seventeenth season, and it will run through July 4, 2010.

You can visit the Conservatory daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., or Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., when hours are extended for the after-work crowd. For the bargain hunters out there, note that if you schedule your visit on the first Wednesday of the month you'll enjoy free admission!

And while you're there, don't forget to check out the Conservatory Garden Café. Unique dishes, seasonal ingredients and a constantly rotating menu make this a worthwhile stop. If you plan to drop by for lunch or dinner, but don't have time to enjoy the entire Conservatory, there's no need to pay the admission fee. Cafe hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m daily, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Wednesdays.