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Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (The Domes)

524 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 257-5611
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Ranked #24 of 86 attractions in Milwaukee
Type: Gardens, Parks
Owner description: The Conservatory's Arid Dome houses a fine collection of cacti; the Tropical Dome features plants from the rainforest and the Floral Show Dome hosts a... more » Owner description: The Conservatory's Arid Dome houses a fine collection of cacti; the Tropical Dome features plants from the rainforest and the Floral Show Dome hosts a number of changing themed blossom displays throughout the year. « less
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Chicago, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
8 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The premises were really nice. It was a great time walking around and enjoying the different biomes. There were a few weddings going on while I was there, so maybe it was more crowded than it usually is, but it would have been nice if there were more places to sit or stand and not be in the way. Parking... More

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Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I love the diversity that the Domes offers. We're rented the facility for a company event, been there for wedding, seen the Train Fest there, been there for events with a musical theme (Irish music). But you don't have to go for a big event. Sometimes it's just nice to visit with the kids to explore the three different climates/themes:... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We really enjoyed our morning of coffee and scones at the Domes. We'd heard of the Sat. morning market and wanted to check it out. It doesn't take long to walk the circle of vendors...everything from elk jerky to organically grown veggies. The best part is the model trains running in one dome. There was a coffee vendor making excellent... More

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WI
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43 reviews 43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We have visited the Domes many times with our family over the years. While not the most modern facility by any means, especially in the winter, it is a great break from the cold. We went on a Saturday and the parking situation was awful. Spots are small and due to he farmers market being held, there was hardly a... More

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Jackson, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
23 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

The Domes are a staple for me in the winter. Just about every February I need to have my "green therapy". Tired of the cold, grey snowy weather. Come inside and experience the outdoors. The lush humid Tropical Dome, the warm arid Desert Dome or the colorful fragrant Show Dome. Take off your coat and remember what summer is like.... More

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Cork, Ireland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

It's a gem in the city. Get up close to plants that you'd have to cross the world to see! Lots of information to hand, too.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I liked the place a lot. Really experienced different types of atmosphere - with so many types of plants, flowers and leaves. I just read and read and enjoyed so many unknowns. There is one section, which was really good for little kids, my 2 yrs liked it.

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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

You would not expect to find an awesome desert in Milwaukee but that is what you will find in one of the domes. They decoder for the theme of the season. Lots of great plants and interesting foliage to view.

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Stopped in at the end of December 2013 while driving past Milwaukee and knew the tropical dome would be closed for renovation, but expected the other two would be be worthwhile....they weren't. The desert dome looked ragged and not much was thriving which made the fake rocks stand out too much. The floral dome pointsettia/nutcracker display was just OK, but... More

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Whether you grew up here or are just visiting 'The Domes' is a nice place to visit especially in the dead of winter. The sunny 'desert' dome or the steamy 'tropical' dome will warm your bones. On Saturday mornings all winter through April, the Domes hosts a local farmer's market that is worth a visit. Free admission during farmer's market... More

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