Touring Milwaukee - The Domes

We're in Wisconsin and Illinois for Thanksgiving this week. Even though these trips are primarily about family, we still try to hit up some sort of tourist attraction each time we go. This time we went to The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory in Milwaukee aka The Domes. Amazingly, in all my years in Milwaukee, I had yet to check this place out. Since it was pretty cold day, or rather, colder than we're used to now that we've lived in Phoenix for 3 years, we thought it would be a fun little indoor activity for the day.
Here's the gist...there are three domes and each one celebrates the plant life of a different climate area.

First up, was The Tropical Dome.
It was humid in this one, which was a great way to warm us up after coming in from the cold. I was definitely digging this dome - so lush and green. There were little paths to stroll along and Koi ponds too! Also, is it just me, or do the domes totally remind you of the Hunger Games? Great place to go to bring out your inner Katniss Everdeen.
Next up, The Desert Dome. Which, for us, funnily enough, just looked like home. It's actually getting hard to remember a time when things like cacti and palm trees were not part of our everyday landscape.
The last dome is The Show Dome. It changes throughout the year, and for our visit, it was all decked out for Christmas!
 It was like strolling through a forest that had been decorated by woodland animals.
So natural and simple; I just loved it.
So, that's The Domes. It's inexpensive, there's room to roam, fun for all ages, and is really visually interesting too.  It was a nice way to get us out of the cold for a little bit and spend some time together as a family.

I miss you, Milwaukee!

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