Monday, April 11, 2011

Backyard Discovery: The Domes

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)



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  2. Beautiful views! It's highly probable that the almost 1 year old had a profound influence on your perspective. They have a way of helping us see through some really different lenses.

  3. true! i was paying a lot more attention to color and texture than I normally would have :)

  4. my favorite is the sausage tree. and the cute baby :)

  5. Great photos! I love the Domes. One of the most underrated spots in Milwaukee.

  6. I LOVE the domes. Honestly I probably loved them more on my 8 million visits there as a kid, but I still dig them now, if only for nostalgia's sake! :)



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