Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

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Phone: 312-746-5100

Thu-Tue 9am-5pm; Wed 9am-8pm
Family Friendly, Gardens

10BEST Says

Things to Do with Kids: A serene, tranquil setting is the trademark of one of the world's largest indoor gardens but it's also a great place for kids of all ages, too. The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden is open during normal hours. As kids enter the garden they are greeted by a giant, meandering vine with larger-than-life sized roots. A 7-foot-tall seed begs to be climbed (climbing is encouraged) and kids love to touch the Sensitive Plant which is so shy it cringes when touched. Another favorite is the Balsa Tree which emits a hollow sound when its trunk is tapped. The youngest set have their own place to explore colors and textures of soft-form blocks and play rings in the special permanent Crawling Area.

Gardens: A serene, tranquil setting is the trademark of one of the world's largest indoor gardens. The conservatory, built in 1908, displays plants in natural settings, and its five permanent collections are sheltered in plant houses that recreate appropriate climates from around the world. The conservatory also boasts outdoor gardens, a children's garden, a gift shop, and refreshment center. Special events, including kids' activities, are a regular feature.

Insider Tips

Local Expert Says:

Things to Do with Kids: "Eat before you visit or pack a lunch. The options at the Conservatory and in the surrounding neighborhood are very limited."

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Wild Wednesdays allow kids to get up close and personal with some fascinating critters.

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