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Great location inside Whitnall Park

Overall the experience was good, I love the location , the service was good , the selection of food... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
moussa n
China Lights -- A Very Enjoyable Event

China Lights is a unique experience of lighted Chinese figures and scenery. There is also a... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
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These gardens, located in Whitnall Park, offer an outstanding variety of plants and flowers including significant collections of roses and perennials.
9400 Boerner Dr, in Whitnall Park, Hales Corners, WI 53130-2273
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall the experience was good, I love the location , the service was good , the selection of food was impressive, and the presentation was excellent and top notch , I would recommend the restaurant .

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank moussa n
Reviewed November 4, 2018

China Lights is a unique experience of lighted Chinese figures and scenery. There is also a performance by Chinese acrobats showcasing their balancing, juggling and plate spinning abilities. There were over 40 different lighted exhibits. We got our tickets on line in advance, and had...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 30, 2018 via mobile

I would recommend going to the China Lights however I would not recommend paying extra for VIP tour. VIP tour was supposed to include VIP parking, special seating, a tour, involvement in a parade and a panda gift. The VIP parking was simply that we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank E M
Reviewed October 30, 2018

This park has so much to offer. China Lights are of course amazing. The gardens are awesome. Every summer we walk around looking at the flowers and landscaping. We enjoy going to the nature center and walking around the pond, which takes about 1 hour....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank MikeS533
Reviewed October 26, 2018

What an incredible display of lights, something everyone should see at least once. We were able to purchase tickets at a reduced rate on Groupon and enjoyed the lights, entertainment and refreshments. They had wine bars set up throughout and vendors with snacks and light...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Wendy H
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Went for the first time to see the "China Lights" show. It was great. It is worth a trip to see this light show. it is fun anyone of any age. Come early as the parking lots fill up fast. We bought our tickets online...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lulabell2014
Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is our third year having the pleasure of seeing the China Lights. This year we purchased the VIP package, via groupon. It was worth it for the early admission, plus a different line to enter, as well as being able to park up by...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank smihling
Reviewed October 14, 2018

This years edition of China Lights at Boerner Botanical gardens is better than ever. Must get there early and take in some of the food vendors while waiting for dark to enjoy all of the displays. Down side is finding the parking lots and the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ron W
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

Just tried to go to the China Lights exhibit on Saturday night. We were in a line of cars for 15 min only to be directed away from the parking lot and into a nearby neighbourhood to park. Would've been a 20 min walk to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank shelbys996
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

While only a month long show of lights it was amazing - even as the nights get colder. Amazing decorations and lighting. For anyone who has been to China and has seen their light displays, this is equally impressive, if not more so.

Date of experience: October 2018
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April 4, 2015|
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Response from Linda E | Reviewed this property |
Yes i believe so...or you get multiple free visits with Friends of Boerner membership. It is in a free Milwaukee County Park however. It's Whitnall park. I don't work there so cannot tell you if my information is up to... More
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China Lights and Parking (4 Replies)
Hi everyone, My family and I were hoping to drive up and see the China Lights at Boerner Botanical Gardens, however I have read that the parking situation is atrocious. With it being such a long drive for us, that is a bit of a deterrent. I was hoping to take advantage of local wisdom and see if there are any hints or tips for parking, i.e. somewhere else we could park besides the main lot within reasonable walking distance? I saw they have a shuttle running Friday and Saturday, but we...More
October 23, 2016|
Response fromalwaystosagirl1983|
Best thing to do is to get there when they open at 5:30. There is no problem with parking if you show up then. Problem starts when you get there later. I do believe that they have parking far away and you will have to hike it.
From Chicago to Boerner Botanical Gardens (22 Replies)
Hi, We will be in Chicago, staying in the Loop area in October and want to visit Boerner Botanical Gardens for the China Lights Festival. What is the best way to travel there and back in a day and also look around Milwaukee around the lake. Thanks
September 14, 2016|
Response fromabsmry|
Honestly, the best way is to rent a car. You could easily do a day trip that way. Taking the train would get you downtown where you wouldn't need a car, but Boerner Botanical is southwest of Milwaukee and not very convenient if you don't have transportation.