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Minneapolis has a great park called Como park. It’s a huge park with swimming pools, walking paths, an amusement park, zoo, and conservatory. Hannah and I only spent a day there, visiting only the zoo and conservatory. The park is completely free, running only on donations. In the header image above, you can see that the zoo and conservatory are actually attached. It’s a beautiful place, and we fully intend to go back some time.
Hannah says her favorite part was the monkeys and the tent full of butterflies. I’ll admit, the butterfly tent/garden was a lot of fun. It was full butterflies and you could watch them chase each other and eat fruit and nector. If you were lucky, one might even land on you. They had a very strict entrance and exit policy, not want any of the butterflies to escape. They had ‘airlocks’ on both ends, and you had to inspect everyone before the outside door was opened. If you were lucky enough for one to land on you, you had to wait until it decided to take flight again before you could exit. They didn’t want to chance the butterfly being wounded by our touches or even by a net, which they reserved only for the times the butterflies got into the airlocks.
The conservatory itself was very nice too. Several rooms full of tropical plants, which would be nice to have in an area that’s usually covered in snow. One neat room was where every plant in it was a fern. Even the trees were ferns, as you can see in the images below.
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