Friendship Park Conservatory


The motto of our town is “Mount Prospect, where friendliness is away of life.”  Yep, that’s right.  We clearly need some wine with all of that cheese.  But after living here for almost five years, I must admit that it is a really friendly place.  We are lucky to have great neighbors and live on one of those streets where there are always kids out playing, people doing yard work, and sports fans gathering to toast Bears’ victories with a cold one.  And through all of our adventures in our town, I have found that ground zero for our town’s friendliness is aptly named:  Friendship Park Conservatory.


Even though it is technically located in Des Plaines, Friendship Park Conservatory is part of the Mount Prospect Park District and is a great way to spend time with your kiddos, no matter what the season.  We are a big fan of it in the summer and enjoy meeting with friends to play at the outdoor playground and then exploring the exterior and interior gardens (of course to enjoy the cool air conditioning, too!).


My little men are completely fascinated by water fountains, and the Friendship Park Conservatory does not disappoint in that area.  There is one HUGE water fountain in the center of a beautifully landscaped pond in front of the conservatory, as well as many smaller ones (including waterfalls) in the interior and exterior fountains.


Another great feature of the conservatory is the model railroad track that races through the outdoor patio garden and the beautiful doves that overlook the patio area.  With all of this going on, you would think that the conservatory is always packed with people enjoying the grounds, but we haven’t found that to be the case.


I guess not many people know about this hidden gem (clearly, I need more blog readers), and as a result the staff is always around, teaching my boys about the different flowers and plants in the conservatory.  I am looking forward to my boys getting a little older so that they can attend the classes and camps that the Friendship Park Conservatory offers (typically around 4 years old).


The Friendship Park Conservatory also hosts great community events like craft fairs and concerts, as well as the big jolly guy himself, Santa, and his reindeer.  We attended this festive meet and greet last year and can’t wait to attend again this year.  One tip for fellow Mt. Prospecters (is that even what we are called?):  arrive early because the line gets super long super fast.  If you are in the area, I highly recommend that you check out this little gem and the friendly people who make it such a great place!



Oh, and be sure to stop at the front desk to get some complimentary pet food to feed to the fish and ducks in the ponds!

Have fun exploring!


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  1. jesscandidity says

    Sounds like an amazing place to raise kids! I’ll have to keep this place in mind when the hubby and I are discussing where we want to settle down at 🙂 Thanks for posting!

  2. Terri Ramsey Beavers says

    Sometimes I wished I lived in a bigger area that had fun stuff like this Friendship Park Conservatory, but I don’t so I just read about places on my bloggy friends blog. I would have a blast there and I know the kids would as well. Thanks for sharing your experience and the photos.

  3. Deb says

    It’s so nice to find areas that are truly friendly and having a ground zero for all that friendliness is a great bonus. This sounds like a great place to take a class, meet new friends and just have a great time. Thank you so much for sharing.

  4. Cindy (Vegetarian Mamma) says

    What a beautiful looking place and it looks like a fantastic place to take kids. I love to take my kids to these types of places. SO many beautiful things to see and learn about and so many other little friends to meet!

  5. Myrabev says

    The town sounds like such an amazing place to raise a family. I really do like the sound of it and the park definitely has an applicable name.

    • amandasimkin says

      It is always ranked highly state wide when discussing the topic of best towns to raise a family in Illinois.

  6. Vera Sweeney says

    This sounds like a wonderful town! I love being able to take kids to see parks like this and to play. I think it’s important to let the kids explore things to discover on their own in settings like this.

  7. Lauren says

    This is such a fun post! I love going to conservatories, they are always so beautiful! Thanks for sharing this fun post! I want to go here now!

  8. Amanda @ Adorkablii says

    It sounds like an amazing place to live and raise children. I don’t live in one of those neighborhoods sadly but maybe one day. I don’t even like my son outside. I prefer him inside where I know he’s safe. =/ One day though. I am happy you have a place like this. The photos you shared are beautiful!

  9. rochkirstin says

    I’m suddenly reminded of the Botanical Garden in Singapore since we used to also hold community events there. Almost every Sunday after church service, we have mini concerts and dance activities in the conservatory. Those who live in that area must be very lucky to have such wonderful nature to look at.

    • amandasimkin says

      It is a very pretty place on a small scale–The Chicago Botanic Garden is the venue more like the Botanical Garden in Singapore. I’m sure it is gorgeous!

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