If you’re searching for an easy, low crowds activity that doesn’t break the budget then Garfield Park’s Crossing at the Conservatory is worth checking out. At only $4 a person or $10 for a family (2 adults max) and free parking, this hidden gem is an annual tradition for our family.
Garfield Park is a beautiful city park located just south of downtown Indianapolis and the conservatory is a warm oasis during the winter months. Volunteers set up an elaborate Christmas train display and use lights and poinsettias to decorate the greenhouse. There’s a small scavenger hunt for kids to look for hidden items in the display and it kept my seven year old very entertained.
We typically spend about 30-45 minutes so it’s not a long visit. As you wander through the greenhouse, there’s a small train table set up for little ones, a fun koi pond and a few critters in tanks to check out. Don’t expect over the top Christmas but rather a charming local treasure that typically is very quiet and low-key.
It fits my idea of a low-stress Christmas much better than some of the more popular attractions around town and still feels like we’re discovering something of a hidden jewel. If it’s a nice day, you can check out more of the park and there’s great playground but be prepared to walk a bit or drive over since it’s a BIG park.
Make sure to visit Garfield Park Conservatory’s website for information about their hours. There are other events throughout the year and the outdoor Sunken Gardens are a beautiful stop during the summer.
Any holiday hidden gems you love in your city? Where do you go to escape the bustle of the season?