Last Friday, I went to the Mitchell Park Conservatory, aka "The Domes" with my friend Abby and her almost 1-year old daughter. I had been to the domes, maybe twice, and I remember being unimpressed. So, I don't know what it was about this trip, but I found it fascinating. I think getting older, traveling more, and backyard gardening put a new spin on my outlook. Walking around, I found familiar things like pepper, ginger, coffee, and chicle (in Chiclet gum). It's definitely more fun if you recognize some of the stuff you're seeing. It's also a lot more fun when it's rainy, cold, and nasty outside because the domes are sunny and warm inside and the air is oh-so clean and refreshing. So it's like a mini-vacation from the city and only a mile from downtown.
Mitchell Park Conservatory (what the signs say)/The Domes (what the locals say)
524 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53215
2011 Hours (through October):
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m.–5 p.m
Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m.–4 p.m
Adult Admission $6.50, free on Mondays 9am-12pm for Milwaukee County residents (bring ID)