Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Chicago Botanic Garden

Yesterday I mentioned that we went to the Chicago Botanic Garden this weekend. Neither of us had ever been there before but we get in for free with our Morton Arboretum membership so we thought it would be a fun outing. It was absolutely beautiful out so it was a perfect day to visit. The place is jaw dropping. Every where you look is just incredible. I told Michael that I wished every time I blinked I was taking a picture. 

Ethan was in love with all of the water features and fountains they had. He was soaked most of the day! 

Everywhere we turned was a photo opportunity, there were so many amazing gardens.

They have this huge fountain that looks like a flower in the rose garden and Ethan was absolutely in heaven. He had it all to himself and he just splashed and laughed away. He was so fun to watch!

After getting soaked in the fountain, we brought Ethan to the railroad garden. I had read about it online and thought Ethan would like it since he likes trains, but I didn't really know what to expect. It was amazing and Ethan loved it! The exhibit is a series of gardens that feature U.S. city scenes. All of the buildings in the scenes are made of sticks, acorns and things from nature. It is really incredible. Ethan was just captivated by watching all of the trains.

They also had a butterfly exhibit that we wanted to check out. It was a really amazing place. There were butterflies everywhere! We've been to a couple other butterfly exhibits at museums and zoos and they weren't anything really great so we were really surprised to see the sheer quantity of butterflies there. Ethan loved it, everyone was laughing at him because he was shrieking and laughing at the butterflies.

We had such a nice day at the Botanic Garden and I can't wait to go back. I think it would be amazing to visit in the Fall so we're planning a return trip in a couple of months.

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