Garfield Park Conservatory
Type: Family Friendly, Gardens
Designed by the renowned landscape architect, Jens Jensen, in 1906, the Conservatory is one of the world's largest indoor gardens, a respite of serenity, and it's also a great place for kids of all... Read More
Designed by the renowned landscape architect, Jens Jensen, in 1906, the Conservatory is one of the world's largest indoor gardens, a respite of serenity, and it's also a great place for kids of all ages, too. Since the collection is constantly evolving with new specimens and hybrids, and the Show House changes several times a year, consider visiting more than once. Locals love lolling in the tropical Palm House or the Desert House especially in winter. The Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden is open during normal hours where they can see larger-than-life-sized roots and seven-foot-tall seeds begging to be climbed. It's quite alright to touch the Sensitive Plant which cringes when touched and take a whiff of French Fry plants that may have them clamoring for a stop at McDonald's on the way home.
300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
- Thu-Tue: 9am-5pm
- Wed: 9am-8pm
- Free Things to Do: "The Spring Flower Show, Saturation, launches just as guests are welcomed back Feb. 27, 2021. All visits must be pre-booked in advance."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: The third-largest garden under glass on the planet, Garfield Park Conservatory offers 12 acres of indoor and outdoor gardens.
- 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.