Hot in Milwaukee at The Domes

You probably don’t associate Milwaukee, Wisconsin with cactus any time of year, but especially not in January when the average high temperature is 30°F (or -1°C). But there is a place in town where you can experience a warmer climate in the middle of winter. That place is the Milwaukee Domes at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory.

"Desert Dome at The Domes, Mitchell Park Conservatory in Milwaukee"

Desert Dome, Mitchell Park Conservatory

Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Desert Dome, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

The beehive-shaped glass domes at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (“The Domes”) are a great escape when you’ve just about had it with winter weather. For a couple of hours, you can almost imagine that you’re on vacation as you shed the winter coat and walk through the Desert Dome and the Tropical Dome.

Tropical Dome, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Tropical Dome

A third dome features changing thematic exhibits related to holidays, history and culture. When I visited a few years ago, the Floral Show Dome exhibit included Christmas holiday flora and decorated evergreens.

Floral Show Dome

If you’re in the Milwaukee area, visit the The Domes at Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory — any time of year.


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17 thoughts on “Hot in Milwaukee at The Domes

  1. Katrina

    You’re absolutely right — when I think of Milwaukee, the first thing I think of is snow, since the only time I went there was in the winter. This reminds me of the biodome in Arizona. I went some years after the experiment had stopped, so it was no longer sealed, but it sure was neat! And what a fab idea to go there to escape the cold. Great idea!

    1. Cathy Post author

      Milwaukee — beer, brats, bowling and …… botany! I lived in Milwaukee for a few years (met hubby there). It’s a highly underrated city, in my opinion. 🙂

    1. Cathy Post author

      I was surprised when I first found out about The Domes. When I lived in Milwaukee, it was a nice break from the bitter cold to visit there in the winter.

  2. Leigh

    I’m heading to Arizona in a few days and am really looking forward to seeing the real thing – but if you can’t get that, it’s nice to know it’s possible in Milwaukee. Nice set of photos Cathy.

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