There’s nothing my son enjoys more than getting some time outside to run around. We try to do it nearly everyday when the weather is nice. But Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate, and particularly in the winter, we often find ourselves cooped up, day after day. So I’m always on the hunt for fun places for little ones that are indoors.
Look no further than the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory in downtown Fort Wayne. Nestled among tall office buildings is a botanical garden that is almost entirely indoors. (There are also some lovely outdoor gardens that you should definitely see if you visit on a nice day.) Here you’ll find three main exhibit spaces.
While I love the variety of plantlife on display in the Botanical Conservatory, I was most impressed with the many activities and educational play areas for kids. My son had an absolute blast planting veggies in the play garden, talking to Woody the Talking Tree, and even paying for groceries at the produce stand. On Saturday, October 22, the Conservatory is hosting Pumpkin Zone from 12-5 p.m., where kids can learn all about pumpking goop, play pumpkin putt putt, and more pumpkin-related fun.
Visit Fort Wayne was kind enough to host my family for our visit, but I find the $5 adult admission fee extremely reasonable and family budget friendly. More information on admission and hours is available here.