As the dark and cold winter days set in, it's easy to forget the beauty and spirit of nature. Just the smell of flowers or sight of greenery can transport you to a warmer place. Here are the best places to get a taste of the outdoors while still being inside this winter.
To get a true taste of the outdoors, there is no better place than the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where natural landscapes and wildlife are brought indoors. You quickly can warm up in the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven that houses more than 75 species of exotic butterflies and birds. With more than 1,000 butterflies and lots of tropical trees and flowers, it's a breath of fresh air on a dreary winter day. Also, the museum's newest exhibit, Animal Secrets, gives kids the chance to discover hidden habitats of forest animals from the animal's point of view. You can interact with animals such as the tiger salamander and spotted turtle, explore a dark woodland cave, or investigate how animals forage for food and build their homes.