I have been a life-long resident of the Chicago area, and can honestly say that my first visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden was two years ago – crazy right?!?! If you have ever been, you’ll know why waiting a lifetime to pay them a visit is just crazy talk. The most gorgeous plants, gardens, and flowers reside here and you’d be remiss not to get there as soon as you can.
These were some of my favorite flowers there:
But, aside from the gorgeous plants and flowers that you’d expect to see at a botanic garden, I was blown away at how kid-friendly the Chicago Botanic Garden was. The Enchanted Railroad Garden was a big hit for my entire family. My 4-year-old loved keeping an eye out for the train, while the adults enjoyed seeing so many miniature Chicago landmarks.
We loved playing BINGO with the handout we picked up at the information desk. It was great to have my 4-year-old engaged throughout the day by looking for various items on the sheet.
But by far, our favorite part of the day was spent at the Children’s Growing Garden. There are so many activities that are explained at a child’s level, and my son did not want to leave. There was a kid’s treasure hunt, books, puzzles, toys, teaching kids about gardening and even spray bottles for the kids to water the plants themselves. Great fun and a valuable learning experience for kids.
They also have a lot of classes and events geared towards kids and families. Check the schedule to see if there’s something that interests you. The Chicago Botanic Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, IL. Admission is free, but there is a $25 parking fee per car.
Have you visited a local botanic garden lately?
Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for this post. This was simply a gorgeous family outing that I wanted to share.
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