"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
This building is bigger than it looks, and there were plenty of displays in the hall area. The ticket booths looked like little train ticket counters, cute!
Trains were the main exhibits here, but there was one that stood out from the crowd. There was an exhibit dedicated to the Late ore freighter Edmund Fitzgerald that sank on November 10, 1975. There was even a ship bell that kids had fun ringing. Jim Ferguson ran this exhibit.
Let’s hear the bell!
We went inside and were amazed by the sheer volumes of trains of all sizes. The smallest trains were the size of a glue stick to ones large enough to give people rides. There were two of those! Here is a sample of all of this activity.
Another place we have been to represented here was the North Freedom Mid-Continent Railway Museum. We have enjoyed two rides on their full-sized train, lots of fun! See more about our visits here. The Autumn train ride is especially exciting.
This has been a December tradition at Olbrich Botanical Gardens for years. Their Holiday Express event is a fundraiser that is fun for the whole family! When you walk in the door, you see a Christmas wonderland!
Turn right to find the Atrium, where all the fun is!
This year the displays resembles the game “Candy Land” . Amidst the displays are model trains contributed and set up by the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society. There are two trains on separate tracks. Great job everyone!
Lets see the train in action!
Some of the other scenery..
Here is the other train!
After enjoying trains, your adult admission of $3.00 includes a visit to the Boltz Conservatory as well.
It’s not just plants in here, birds live here also. There are Canaries, Finches, doves and Quail.
I had a very enjoyable visit on a cold winter day. You will too.