In my ongoing series of getting back to authentically Cleveland places in this new reality we’re living in, Jeffrey and I went to the Cleveland Botanical Garden on Saturday morning.
The outdoor gardens are lush and beautiful and the perfect spot for a Saturday morning stroll with friends.
While the treehouses are closed, almost everything else outside is open for exploration.
The Hershey Children’s Garden has a fun gnome scavenger hunt to keep your kiddos on the lookout as they meander through the garden.
19 gnomes are hidden throughout the Hershey Children’s Garden, although our crew was only able to find 12!
There are also outdoor, hands-on animal encounters. We were able to meet a turtle, a tortoise, and a chameleon!
While the animal encounters are free with admission to the Botanical Garden, you’ll need to reserve your time when you arrive to ensure proper social distancing.
Of course, the glasshouse is open as well and, due to timed entries, was not at all crowded as we made our way through.
Advanced reservations are now required for both members and non-members and you select a thirty-minute arrival window, although you can stay as long as you like.
Traffic flow both inside and in the Hershey Children’s Garden is one-way and masks are required inside and strongly encouraged in the outdoor gardens.
The Cleveland Botanical Garden has always been one of our favorite play date locales and it was lovely to get back to it, especially with the outdoor gardens in full bloom. It will also provide a nice bit of warmth in the glasshouse once the weather changes!
***Disclosure: I was asked to help promote the Cleveland Botanical Garden. In exchange, I received a complimentary one-year membership. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***