Walking up to 2 miles and getting on and off a public bus. Walking and standing for up to 2 hours at a time during instructor-led walks at the Botanical Gardens. Walking and standing for 2 hours at Playhouse Square.
We will travel by city bus to the University Circle area for an expert-led visit to the Glasshouse Botanical Gardens. This offers a thrilling year-round escape to the fantastic spiny desert of Madagascar and the butterfly-filled rainforest of Costa Rica. The Glasshouse features some of the strangest plants you’ve ever seen, including “upside down” baobabs, bottle-shaped pachypodiums, a colossal strangler fig and more. The city will slip away as we'll be surrounded by two other-worldly landscapes featuring 350 species of exotic plants. 50 types of butterflies, birds, reptiles and amphibians flutter, climb and crawl through naturalistic habitats. The Glasshouse is unique among conservatories because it shows how plants, animals, geology and climate interact in delicate balance.
We'll dine inside the Garden Café or outdoors on the terrace overlooking the reflecting pool and aquatic plants. Enjoy a choice of sandwich, and water or soft drink.
We will then continue on to Playhouse Square, a collection of theaters that make up the largest performing arts center outside of New York City. We will get an insider's perspective of the lobbies, theater auditoriums and backstage areas of several of the city’s beautifully constructed and preserved theaters. Learn how the theaters were saved from demolition and how non-profit arts entities advance arts and education efforts in the area.
After a long day of city travel and adventure, we'll relax with a casual buffet meal at the hotel. We are encouraged to pick up a complimentary beverage (beer, wine or soft drink) from the Drury Plaza Hotel's happy hour (5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) and bring it to dinner. Water will be included at dinner. We'll savor a delightful farewell dinner at a family to celebrate our week of fun in Cleveland. Coffee, tea and soft drinks will be included.