When we left the downtown area that morning there was very little sign of life but I think a a lot of the population had preceded us to the park. Finding a parking place was not easy but we got there. Just when we were not sure what to do next we spotted a shuttle bus and so opted for this to take us around the parkland area. This is not just a wooded park but within a lot of points of interest have been developed. A place for archery, a large adventure playground, several different garden areas, a zoo, some museums, adventure trails and lots more. You could probably spend a whole weekend here and still not cover all the available activities.
The rose garden itself was a treat to visit. Although many of the roses were past their best for the year there were still plenty of blooms to enjoy. The garden hosts over 7500 different roses - hard to believe.
We ended the morning by spending some time at the adventure playground. Jackson found the swings and had a great time there on his own. The last time I saw him on swings his Dad was having to push him, so I witnessed another stage of him growing up.