We will be visiting in a couple of weeks (end of March). It will be grandparents, parents and a toddler. What tips does everyone have or suggestions?
Sorry I'm a bit late, but when we visited there was a butterfly house which was very nice and animals. For adults the statues are amazing and there's a restaurant on the grounds for a break.
Quite a range! From 1 year to 3 years then up to grandparents.
For the toddler I would select one of the many sculpture areas, perhaps one with some enclosure/confinement/boundaries to give the child's cognitive abilities a good workout. Let the child be as free as possible to choose the statues, trees, flowers, that appeal to his/her innate curiosities.
Don't try to entertain the child. See what he/she finds most exciting whatever it is.
A huge interesting area to walk! I suggest a stroller for the toddler. Have water with you. Visit their zoo and Dinosaur section for kids. The ticket allows entrance for up to 7 consecutive days if you don’t want to do it all in one day! Restaurants are available also. Remarkable art!! We went on a guided tour at 11A then walked on our own until around 4P. I believe it closes at 5P.
A LOT of walking! Bring water. Not sure the toddler will enjoy this.
Go early in the morning so it isn't too hot walking around. I think a free stroller would be good for the toddler, it is a lot of walking if you want to see the gardens. Note there are gators in at least one of the ponds so keep the little one in check. The dino exhibit is leaving soon, I think the end of March. While the adults may enjoy the plantation tour, not for toddlers. I am not sure about the boat tour. Toddlers would enjoy the playground and zoo.
There is also a free playground over by the zoo and dinosaur exhibit.
There are free strollers available, free shuttle buses to go from area to area. There is a river "cruise" tour (fee), dinosaur exhibit (fee), sculpture garden tour (bus I think), and so much more. Ticket good for 6 days so worthwhile to go see it all. If grandparents can walk the zoo is great - all native animals..
There us a lot of walking usually your tickets are good for a few days you may want to take advantage. The place is full of beautiful sculptures and gardens. Wear comfortable shoes, clothes and check temperature. Enjoy the scenario take lots of pictures. They have a dinosaur section and live animals. Enjoy
Bring your walking shoes and your strollers - there is a lot to see and it’s not necessarily all clustered together.
Also bring your cameras and some snacks as the places to buy food are few and far between.
Enjoy your visit, it’s a beautiful place!
I agree there is a lot of walking but the natural displays are well worth it. Not sure what is offered for children. They do have push “chairs” which could be helpful.
It is a lot of walking. Toddlers may not be happy in the areas the adults would like to visit. I suggest visiting those first. It is a beautiful place.
Have some type of stroller and treats for the toddlers when they run out of energy. There will be a lot of interesting sights that may mesmerize them plus the smallish children's section. There's lots to explore but it's more of an outdoor sculpture museum.
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