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My Mother's Day Adventure

5/17/12
This year there was just one thing I wanted on Mother's Day:  to go on an adventure.  I wanted to soak up the beautiful sunny 70's weather we've been having, but also something that involved gardens.  There's just something about being surrounded by beautiful flowers on Mother's Day.  I didn't care if my allergies made me sneeze.


So I searched online for a place that would be fun for me as well as my hubby and a toddler (my son was at dad's for the weekend so we'd celebrate with him later).  


In my search, I found Hershey Gardens up in PA.  Moms get FREE admission on Mother's Day!  But that was a 2 1/2 hour drive for us each way.  Not a pleasant thought when your tot hates riding in the car for very long.  


children's gardens, clubhouse
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD:  Children's Garden tree house
Then I found Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park.  This was less than an hour's drive and there was no park entry fee.  Not only did they have a 50 acre garden, and a nature center, but the park also has a miniature train, recently remodeled adventure playground , and a carousel.  This looked like the perfect place to explore. 


And it was!


Parking was pretty easy at 9:30 AM.  (I'm glad we got there early because it was pretty crazy later) 


We started our adventure in Brookside Gardens at the Visitor's Center.  A friendly person at the desk gave us a map and showed us the different garden displays and how to get there.  He also answered our questions about how to get to the other area of the park (there are separate entrances).


Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD:  Japanese Style Garden
Originally I was going to ask for a wheelchair, since I just got orthotics after my foot injury and wasn't sure I could walk well.  But I took the orthotics out of my shoes and decided to give it a try.



Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD:  Formal Gardens

After walking through many of the gardens (which was about as much walking as I could handle), we visited the Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibit.  There was an admission fee for this, but it was pretty reasonable and little miss was free.  Luckily we got there before the line was incredibly long; we had about a 15-20 minute wait.  They only let in groups of 10 people at a time so it doesn't get overcrowded.  


Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD: Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibit




The Attic Baby was fascinated with the butterflies!  Unfortunately, none of them landed on us.  I think that would have been fun!




butterflies, Brookside Gardens, Maryland
Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD:  Wings of Fancy Butterfly Exhibit

It got a bit hot inside, so we left and made our way back to the parking lot to venture into Wheaton Regional Park.  We bought tickets for the carousel (again little miss was free) and The Attic Baby took her first ride on a horse.  She seemed okay at first, but once it started going around a few times, she got scared and cried.  Her daddy had to hold her the rest of the ride.  I think next time we visit, we'll go on the train.


You can picnic in the park, but we went out to eat on our way home.  It was the perfect way to spend my Mother's Day.  If you're ever in the area, this park is definitely a must-see for family fun!


Disclosure:  This was not a paid post.  This was shared for the enjoyment of my readers.  All photos are captioned per Brookside Gardens photography policy.

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kewkew said...

Love the butterflies

Jenn said...

How sweet!! What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day!! :)

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