Cleveland Botanical Garden

Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

We’re learning about plants this year in science class in our homeschool, so we’ve been spending a lot of time out in nature! When I found out that my husband was flying out of Cleveland for his long 3 months of military training, I knew right away that I wanted to see the Cleveland Botanical Garden!

I first saw this place on Pinterest, because it has something unique: two separate indoor recreations of natural habitats — one is Madagascar and the other is Costa Rica. These habitats are so cool. Like a real-life, miniature Bio-Dome.

I was also totally stoked to find out that we got in absolutely FREE with our military IDs, so we only had to pay $5 for parking. (But seriously, even if we had to pay, it would have been worth it! Keep reading to see all the awesome stuff there!)

When we first arrived, I saw this sign. A treehouse exhibit!?! AWESOME.

Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

We decided to start our visit with a trip to the Children’s Garden. Everything in it is for playing, pretending, exploring, and experiencing!

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Then we headed out into the rest of the garden, where we found more opportunities to play and explore! Like this cute bird’s nest…

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…and games along the path! Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

We continued our journey through the lush gardens.

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And then we began to happen upon the various treehouses! I don’t remember how many there were, but each one was uniquely cool!!

This first one had a double swing underneath and a bridge out the back connecting it to other treehouses.

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This one was musical, with dozens of different percussion instruments inside to play! Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy DenCleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

This one was a rainbow of color, filtering through the translucent walls! Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

This treehouse had skylights, a huge chalkboard wall, and book cubbies stuffed with books for children and adults. Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy DenCleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

After we saw all the treehouses, we headed indoors to the habitats. First stop: Madagascar.

Upon entering, I could immediately feel how hot and dry it was.

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{we saw a chameleon change colors!} Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

The next habitat was Costa Rica.

Wow, did this feel different! Walking from the dry heat of Madagascar into the equally hot but incredibly humid Costa Rica was an interesting experience.

Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

It’s hard to see in the photos, but there were birds and butterflies everywhere!Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den

Our trip to the Cleveland Botanical Garden was unforgettable! I definitely recommend it for children, especially if you can make it there before the treehouse exhibit leaves on August 28th!

Cleveland Botanical Garden ~ Ohio Day Trips from Our Cozy Den
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