Enjoy a crisp Ohio morning at Cleveland’s very own Rockefeller Park and Greenhouse, the natural wonderland located near University Circle on MLK Boulevard. Here you can see all types of exotic and native plants, the entire 270 acres of manicured gardens donated in 1903 by John D Rockefeller himself. At first, this spot was used as a spot to cultivate plants for local parks, then slowly evolved into a beloved garden display center and park system, iconic internationally for its extensive orchard and tropical plant exhibits, as well as its bulbs and holiday poinsettia collections. You will love strolling around the Greenhouses outdoor and indoor gardens, featuring favorites such as the Japanese Garden, Latin American desert, and the outdoor Peace Garden.
There are also such popular spots around the park as the Talking Garden for the Blind, featuring a hand-operated water pump and a statue of Helen Keller, the Four Season statues in the courtyard, and the various spots dotted with the gargoyles from the local railroad station. During the winter, in particular, you and your group will delight in the scenery around you, the park decorated with an impressively large Christmas tree, amazing variety of poinsettia plants, and extravagant winter scenes complete with such features as snow and reindeer. The official Annual Poinsettia Show happens all throughout the month of December. During any season you can also take part in regular classes, events, and competitions, such as the popular annual park photography competition. This is the perfect spot to see inside Cleveland in a hands-on, active, and really fun way. Another great thing about this stop? You will be right next to the Cultural Gardens, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lakeview Cemetery to make your next stop more convenient!