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Garfield Park – Indianapolis

Each summer I attempt to create a summer bucket list that guides our activities. There are usually a few places we don’t get to and this year one of those was Garfield Park. So when I heard they had some holiday festivities, I thought it would be the perfect time to make a visit (plus my daughter had an extra day off of school!).

They are your typical city park in that they have large grounds, playground and some gardens, but what I was most interested in was their conservatory. (I had to stop myself from making “Clue” references the whole visit!)IMG_7848This visit was all about “Conservatory Crossing“. Their indoor area is decorated for Christmas, complete with Christmas lights, a train display and a LOT of poinsettias! IMG_7835 IMG_7839We spent most of our time in the front room (with the train) and took advantage of the scavenger hunt they offered for kids …IMG_7838Afterwards, we walked through the rest of the conservatory. I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it was inside. IMG_7840 IMG_7841 IMG_7843Our favorites were the water fall and fish …IMG_7845 IMG_7847We had hoped to walk around the garden area afterwards, but it is closed this time of year (a good reason to go back), but did walk the grounds a bit. We even found a children’s garden that will be blooming in the spring.

So if you are looking for something to do over the break, this is a great option in Indy. Garfield Park and their Conservatory Crossing. The cost is affordable ($3/person or $8/family) and gets you out of the house in the cold weather. And if you feel up to it, there is a local library branch right next door.

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Written by : Living in Indianapolis since 2001, Carrie is no stranger to traveling throughout the state. She has worked at Conner Prairie and at the Indiana Office of Tourism. Now working for the Indiana Tourism Association and having a young daughter, Carrie has even more opportunities to take advantage of Indiana's many attractions. Carrie receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.