When the frigid winter temperatures and gray skies get you down, there’s no better place to head in Central Indiana than the Garfield Park Conservatory in Indianapolis. Before the word “park” scares you off or has you packing up mittens and hats, the Conservatory is an enclosed glass building where exotic plants thrive in the warm temperatures. Think greenhouse meets museum meets park, and you’ve got a recipe for winter fun.
Beginning in late November through January 8, you’ll find Conservatory Crossing. Hundreds of pointsettias join the existing beautiful landscaping to create a holiday wonderland. There’s even running model trains, a train village, and sparkling lights. Cost is $3 per person or $8 per family. It’s a fantastic spot to snap a few holiday family photos. A couple of fun events are planned to celebrate this special season.
December 10: Christmas at Garfield, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Santa will be taking photos with visitors and no admission is charged. (Photos are $3.) You can help Santa’s elves make toys and eat tasty treats with Mrs. Claus at the Burrello Family Center across the park.
December 16: Candlight Crossing, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This evening reception costs $5. Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and savor the warmth of the tropics while visiting the Conservatory at night. The lights are sure to dazzle at this time of day.
Even after the holiday hype wears off, the Garfield Park Conservatory is still a fantastic place to visit in the winter. Just a simple stroll through the lush gardens will put you in a relaxed mood.
Guided tours with the Conservatory’s master gardeners take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 2:30 p.m. All ages are welcome and admission is $1 per person.