Thursday, December 18, 2014

Do the Domes for the Holidays

The Domes are always a welcome retreat, but even more so when the temps get colder.  You'll warm right up as you step inside!  Be sure to go for the Hawaiian holiday display inside the Show Dome to see a sea of poinsettias and feel the tropical inspiration.  The other domes are decorated with ornaments, so be sure to visit all three while you are there.

Admission is free to Milwaukee residents on Mondays from 9-12.  Otherwise, you'll pay $7 for the general public adult ticket and $5 for students.  They are open 9-5 on weekdays and 9-4 on the weekend.

There are a few vending machines with cold drinks and ice cream, but if you want coffee, you'll have to bring your own thermos.

You may have noticed that the new green houses have plants in them now.  This has been a huge improvement for Mitchell Park, because the plants you see on display can be grown in the green houses on site.  That hasn't always been the case.  WUWM did a great piece about the new green houses.  Check it out if you want to know more about them.  You'll also find out where the plants end up outside of the domes and who makes the magic!

On Saturdays, you can shop the Indoor Winter Farmer's Market at the Domes from 9-1.  This is a fun atmosphere where you can buy local goods.  Of course, the wares are somewhat different than what you'd find during a summer market.  Everything is local/regional, which means it's artisan breads, meats, honey, and other preserved goods.

This is a good time to become a Friend of the Domes.  By joining, you'll receive admission free all year long, as well as lots of other discounts, like 10% off in the gift shop.  Be sure to stop in the gift shop for local gifts.  There's such a great selection and it's jam packed with some very nice products and a wide range of books.  You can also become a Friend of Boerner Botanical Garden which has reciprocal membership to more than 300 gardens, including the Domes.  If you buy now, you can attend the indoor concerts every Thursday evening, called Music Under Glass, which run January through March and have something fun to look forward to every week this winter.

I'll leave you with a few more holiday shots.  Hope you get over to the Domes before January 4 when the display will change in the Show Dome.

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