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“A surprising gem for people of ALL ages!”

Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary
Ranked #6 of 25 things to do in Jim Thorpe
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Closed until May 27, 2017 Please see the Bear Mountain Butterfly Website for information on dates and events for 2017.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access
Lititz, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“A surprising gem for people of ALL ages!”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

The marketing and decor for this place is definitely aimed at children - but don't be fooled! My (very open-minded) husband and I thought we'd give it a try when we had a spare hour before catching a train ride in Jim Thorpe. Well, we were very pleasantly surprised! The owner, Mari (spelling?), is incredibly passionate about her cause. Take any and all opportunities to speak with her 1-on-1. She is a wealth of information and inspiration. I was delighted to learn that she originally opened the sanctuary as a an attraction for autistic children to interact with butterflies. (I have a heart for people with special needs, so this was wonderful to hear!) The video she showed during the presentation was fascinating and extremely educational. Her message of the beauty of the butterfly species brought us to tears. She helped us all understand how important it is to support and protect the existence of butterflies (specifically monarchs), and what amazing defense and survival mechanisms they have. This is a no-brainer for children or families, but it's also highly recommended for adults. We wanted to return for a second day, but had to leave our vacation home early. We look forward to returning in another season.

Visited June 2014
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Mari G, Owner at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
Thanks for the kind words, we loved having you visit and hope you will return again.
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Awesome! Great family activity”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

It's a great place to visit. It's fun and educational. You get to feed butterflies and learn all about them. Their staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable

Visited May 2014
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Mari G, Owner at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, responded to this review, 7 August 2014
We loved having your family are delighted that you had such a good time. I really do hope you can visit again. We do want to help everyone understand how important it is to support and protect the existence of butterflies (specifically monarchs). Thanks for the kind words.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Not open”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

My husband and I wanted to tour the exhibit in May 2014 but it was not open during the week until after Memorial Day.

Visited May 2014
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Mari G, Owner at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, responded to this review, 20 May 2014
Bear mountain Butterfly Sanctuary will have a pre-season celebration on May 24th, 25th and 26th and be open to the public from 11-5 with special exhibits, door prizes, lots of butterflies and 9 species of exotic frogs. This is a charity fund raiser. Not reservations are required. The public season kicks into gear on Sat. June 7th at 11:00 then we are open 7 days per weeks through labor day. See the website for times and events,
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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The best!!”
Reviewed 12 April 2014

There are not enough good things i can say about the butterfly sanctuary. Everyone is so friendly. It is a fun learning experience. You get to see the butterflies up close. You can make crafts. See other types of animals. Mari really knows what she is doing and it is a hidden jem. The gift shop has all kind of neat nature related items for kids and the kids at heart. The butterfly room is in my opinion the best part of the whole experience.

Visited September 2013
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Mari G, Owner at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, responded to this review, 5 September 2014
Thanks for the words of praise. We love the Sanctuary and are delighted when our visitors and friends enjoy what we offer. Please visit again when you can.
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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A fun quick trip”
Reviewed 8 August 2013

Toured the sanctuary today with my two kids. (8&10) The enjoyed their time in the butterfly room, but did know most of the information presented during the video, which was geared for younger children with cute voices and comments as if the butterflies were speaking. The staff was amazing, very informative and friendly. Skip the video if you have older kids, bring the camera! While the sanctuary itself is small, and you can tour it in an hour or less, Jim Thorpe is only a few miles away with lots of places to eat, and a beautiful place to walk around. (A lot of old homes and shops, painting in victorian colors.)

Visited August 2013
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Mari G, Owner at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, responded to this review, 9 August 2013
Thanks for the nice words, we are glad you enjoyed yourselves and yes, we love Jim Thorpe also . Next time you visit, we would gladly show you the migrations DVDs , just ask on of my staff.
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