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Six Unique Places to Visit in the Triad The Triad area offers families all they need for a happy and healthy life day to day, but when your family needs something out of the ordinary routine, try one of these unique destinations.

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BY JAN CAMPBELL WHARTON

All-a-Flutter Butterfly Farm 7850-B Clinard Farms Road, High Point 454-5651 all-a-flutter.com All-a-Flutter raises thousands of monarch butterflies each year to sell to businesses and individuals for release on special occasions such as weddings and graduations. They also work to teach people about the plight of the butterfly and the importance of saving natural habitats and respecting nature. The butterfly farm allows visitors to experience firsthand all stages of the monarch’s lifecycle from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis. Participants can also hand-feed the monarchs to get an up-close look. Family tours are held each Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., weather-permitting. The farm is closed in the winter. Admission is first-come, first-served starting April 15. Group tours are available during the week by appointment.

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Black Mountain Chocolate Company Factory 732 N. Trade St., WinstonSalem 293-4698 blackmountainchocolate.com The only part of the artisan chocolate-making process Black Mountain Chocolate (BMC) doesn’t do themselves is grow and ferment the cocoa beans. Cocoa trees only grow in tropical lands near the equator, so BMC buys select beans from these locales. The beans arrive at the downtown Winston-Salem factory in 70 kg bags, where they are sorted and roasted — and that’s just the beginning. The factory is open Tuesday through Sunday, and all stages of the chocolate-making process are visible though glass windows. The cafe portion of the factory sells all BMC products, along with pastries, gelato and drinks inspired by their chocolates and the tastes of other local, small batch artisans. Children will enjoy the hot sipping

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chocolate, which is served with a homemade marshmallow. The factory also offers guided tours every other Saturday that give a behind-the-scenes view of the entire chocolate-creation process from bean to bar. Tours last one hour ($10 plus tax and fees) and include a guided tasting of artisan chocolates. Reservations are recommended, as tour numbers are limited.

Conservators Center 676 E. Hughes Mill Road, Burlington 888-650-1139 conservatorscenter.org If your kids love animals, don’t miss the Conservators Center in Burlington. Nearly 90 exotic animals representing more than 20 species have been rescued and brought to the center or bred here as part of a coordinated propagation program. During tours of the center, guides introduce each animal and give their individual stories along with a description

6 of the species. Hear the earthrumbling roar of entire prides of lions calling in unison and get an up-close look at tigers, wolves, lemurs, binturongs and other exotic species. Tours of the 10-acre center are given each Saturday and Sunday by appointment only, and group tours are available during the week. The center offers various programs based on age of participants. Tours require a walk along a quarter-mile gravel path (not conducive to strollers) and range from 45 minutes to 2 hours. A golf cart is available for mobility-impaired visitors.

Piedmont Parent GPS 2015-16  

Your complete family guide for Triad living covering education, health and things to do.

Piedmont Parent GPS 2015-16  

Your complete family guide for Triad living covering education, health and things to do.

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