Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes), Milwaukee

4.2
#2 of 14 in Parks in Milwaukee
Wander verdant indoor gardens at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes), home to a wide array of plant species from a variety of ecosystems around the world. Visit the botanical facility and explore its three glass domes, each measuring 26 m (85 ft) tall and housing different themes: the tropics, arid regions, and seasonal shows. Keep your eyes open for rare and unusual plants from across the globe, including diverse displays of cacti and succulents, orchids and flowering vines, and a selection of other flora. Check the conservatory's website for information about special events, activities, and even the plants themselves. Use our Milwaukee vacation website to visit Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes) on your trip to Milwaukee, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I’ve been visiting Milwaukee for over ten years and this was my first visit. Surprised by the contents in each dome. Missed the Zen garden as it was being assembled during our visit. The desert dome w...  more »
  • We went as a family (adults). The building was clean inside and you can purchase some plants at the gifts store. There are three domes. One dome had plants from humid climates. It was exceptionally ho...  more »
  • $8 the visit, even if all domes are not accessible. We therefore visit 2 in 15 minutes each and were disappointed with the few things to see.
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  • A lovely way to escape the cold! Beautiful plants, cool architecture. Took us about an hour to walk through all 3 Domes but you could take longer if you felt like it. I wish there was a bit more engaging stuff for the younger kids who can’t read. The train and miniatures were really cool! Lovely gifts in the gift shop as well.
  • Simply WOW. This was probably the best conservatory I have ever been to. I really enjoyed spending my time looking at different flowers and trees. It was hard to decide between tropical and desert conditions. Both were genuine, and definitely better then weather in Chicago. The drive was really worth it. I recommend this place to anyone. Kids seemed to enjoy it as well, especially the show garden.
  • This place is very interesting to visit and is a definitely Milwaukee must see. I think leisurely walking through all three points took a smidge over an hour. There was free parking and knowledgeable and friendly staff. Keep your eyes peeled as there are signs in the tropical dome for real fruit! They even had some plants to gently touch on some entrances. The show dome was so peaceful and fun to sit and enjoy all the trains riding around. Thank you for a great experience!
  • After a recent visit I couldn't be more pleased! This place is definitely a hidden gem of Milwaukee! When I visited only the tropical and the desert dome were open. At first I was bummed about this but I ended up being more than content with just two domes open! In terms of what there is to see both domes were in tip top shape! I was amazed to see such a variety of plants here! I went on a weekday afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few other people there as well! In terms of the plants on display this place is amazing but in terms of facilities it could be improved slightly. If I understand correctly the domes are over 50 years old and could use some renovations. This is completely understandable particularly because this is county operated. I would really like to see some renovations in the future but as for now, I'll be back.
  • It's a nice little conservatory to view different environments. It's clean and well-kept. It's a nice place for families to visit. There's a nice variety of plants but the walkway can be a bit steep in some areas. There's also a section with a model train that runs through a small town. It's very charming.
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