This past weekend, my husband and I spent the day exploring Cleveland, Ohio. While I had quite a list of attractions to visit, the Cleveland Botanical Garden was not one of them. I’d actually planned to spend a few hours at the art museum, which happened to be closed. And expert traveler that I am, I did not bother to double check the hours or I would have known that there was a movie crew filming in the facility. Oh well, I guess that’s one mistake I can learn from.
So, that left some time with nothing for us to do. We decided to drive along University Circle to see if anything caught our eye and it did. The Glasshouse in the Cleveland Botanical Garden was hard to miss and looked like something we would enjoy. So we parked, waited for the garden to open and paid for our tickets so we could explore as much as we could in a half hour, since I had already reserved a tour at the Lake View Cemetery.
A half hour is not a lot of time to explore the grounds so we focused solely on the Glasshouse- which showcases the desert of Madagascar and the rain forest of Costa Rica. And we loved it. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, that I’m already planning a return visit. I’ll share more of my thoughts next time around, and for now, I’ll leave you with some photos of the day.
This guy was crawling along a branch overhead and was fascinating to watch. I kept expecting him to make a leap to the other side but he seemed to be happy, perched on the very end of that twig.
I thought this plant was beautiful.
There were several tortoises lounging in the sun.
I could have stayed inside the rain forest all day, watching the butterflies, but it was a tad bit humid.
It’s a good thing there was a waterfall to cool off under.
Butterflies were everywhere in the simulated Costa Rican environment and everyday at 2 pm, they release new butterflies. I was sad that we couldn’t stick around to see it.
I can’t wait to visit the Glasshouse again, and next time I’ll plan ample time to visit the grounds of the Cleveland Botanical Garden as well.
This post is linked to Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox, Friday Daydreamin’ with R We There Yet, Mom? and Photo Friday with Delicious Baby.
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