If you’ve ever taken an afternoon stroll through Phipps Conservatory, I don’t have to tell you how absolutely gorgeous the gardens inside are. You’re familiar with the the soft, delicate smells that cascade through the Victorian style greenhouse and you know about the lush, colorful flowers that make it feel as if you’ve ventured into the pages of The Secret Garden.
However, if it’s still on your bucket list, there’s no better time to cross it off. With their harmonic Spring Flower Show and the Garden Railroad, it’s a wonderful, family-friendly atmosphere everyone will enjoy. Whether it’s your first visit or your 100th visit, every trip offers unique experiences.
Child Friendly Exhibits
Phipps Conservatory is a family friendly Pittsburgh attraction with many interactive exhibits that the children will absolutely love. While they may speed past the amazing Chihuly glass artwork, they’ll definitely want to take their time in the Public Market. Designed for pretend play, this garden area includes miniature shopping carts, a register area and shelves of pretend fruits and vegetables.
If it’s a nice day out you’ll certainly want to step outside to see the Outdoor Garden with breathtaking views that overlook the Oakland and surrounding neighborhoods. You’ll also want to make sure you visit the Discovery Garden. With interactive water features and a giant tree stump for climbing, the hand-ons space let’s the smallest explores get excited about gardening.
During the 2014 Spring and Summer seasons visitors will also get a chance to look at the amazing Garden Railroad exhibit. Multiple train tracks maneuver through tunnels, over bridges and around the gardens that also display detailed miniature models and buildings. You’ll find a couple of stations where conductors can control certain features within the track such as lights, sounds, a helicopter and even a volcano! Phipp’s has also teamed up with the Carnegie Museum of History (located a couple blocks over) to help in the design. Keep your eyes peeled for dinosaurs playing basketball and ripping up track!
Planning a Playdate
If you’re planning a visit to Phipps, you may want to stop for lunch or a snack at Cafe Phipps, a 3-star Green Certified Restaurant that serves locally grown, organic foods. While there are certainly enough inside exhibits to keep you busy, we suggest visiting on a day where you can take advantage of the outside gardens as well. There are also tons of other parks and attractions within walking distance including Carnegie Museum of Natural History & Art, Schenley Park and the Cathedral of Learning Nationality Rooms. You could easily plan an entire day of adventures!
Phipps Conservatory : 1 Schenley Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 || Phone: (412) 622-6914 || Website: http://phipps.conservatory.org/ || Hours: Open daily from 9:30am – 5:00pm and until 10pm on Friday || Admission: Adults $15, Seniors (62+) 14, Students with ID $14, Children ages 2 – 18 years $11, Children under 2 year are FREE
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