Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum


This hands-on museum has turtles and croaking frogs in its 1st-floor marsh, fluttering insects in its 2nd-floor butterfly haven and a bird boardwalk meandering through its rooftop garden. It's geared mostly to kids. Check the schedule for daily creature feedings. In winter the Green City Market sets up inside on Saturday morning.

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