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Old 01-24-2008, 10:26 PM
 
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Default Indoor parks?

OK, I'm officially tired of winter and I want to go find green stuff and warm temperatures and babbling water flowing over sculpted rocks for a while. The conservatory is nice, and I've already done Edinborough, but is there anything new (at least to me) out there where I can take the edge off of winter with a nice book for a casual Saturday afternoon? Preferably some place that lets me buy a sandwich and juice so I can make a day out of it...

Thanks much!
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Old 01-25-2008, 05:04 AM
 
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What about the Conservatory at the Como Zoo. It isn't really a park but it will bring back the summer feel. Same with the indoor exhibits at the Minnesota Zoo.
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:49 AM
 
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Thanks :-) But I've already listed that and Edenborough. I was hoping to discover what else was out there, and find something new to explore.
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Old 01-25-2008, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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It's a stretch but there's the MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art). It's free to get in, they have a coffeeshop downstairs and restaurant upstairs, lots of places to sit and contemplate the art or read a book. Sometimes they have live music in the main foyer.

There are lots of indoor water parks but I get the impression that's not what you're looking for?
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Old 01-25-2008, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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OK, I'm officially tired of winter and I want to go find green stuff and warm temperatures and babbling water flowing over sculpted rocks for a while. The conservatory is nice, and I've already done Edinborough, but is there anything new (at least to me) out there where I can take the edge off of winter with a nice book for a casual Saturday afternoon? Preferably some place that lets me buy a sandwich and juice so I can make a day out of it...

Thanks much!
I used to wander around Camp Snoopy at the MoA whenever I was getting stir crazy in the middle of January -- the winding paths and trees give the illusion of being somewhere not black-and-white-and-grey-and-snowy.
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Old 01-25-2008, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Victory Neighborhood Minneapolis
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My AAA travel magazine was really pushing the local indoor water parks this month - Water Park of America; Grand Rios something or another in brooklyn park, and the HOliday Inn in Maple Grove. Might not be what you're looking for, but i'm sure there's a babbling brook over some rocks at at least one of these!...
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Old 01-25-2008, 06:13 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Eh, life in Minnesota. You know what though, it just makes the summers all that much more enjoyable.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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*bumps*

Still looking for some indoor green space I haven't grown tired of, yet...

Thanks.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:22 PM
 
Location: Victory Neighborhood Minneapolis
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Default Indoor Gardens

Apple Valley
  • Minnesota Zoo - (just saw that golfgal already posted this, but not sure if you noticed it/ had a link to it)
    13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN 55124
    "The Minnesota Zoo displays its collection of over 1300 orchids throughout the Tropics Building all year long." Admission.
Chaskataken from: Minnesota Garden Websites
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Old 02-11-2008, 12:00 AM
 
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I wouldn't discount the Park at MOA. I always enjoy walking through during the day or evening. There's plenty of natural light, thousands of natural trees and plants, and it can be relaxing at off-peak times.
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