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