Sunday, May 13, 2018
This was my 3rd visit to Callaway and, unfortunately, probably my last.
The Discovery Center is beautiful, and their giftshop is reasonably priced.
We arrived early; the bike paths weren't crowded. There was plenty of shade, so we stayed relatively cool despite the heat (pro tip: buy/bring a handheld fan. It was well worth the $2)
Bike rental no longer gives discounts for military, senior, AAA, etc.
Bike paths are not clearly marked; we got turned around and accidently rode off the path several times. We encountered a family of bicyclists having the same problem; we ended up riding along the street and walked our bikes through a "no bicycles, please" path to get back on track.
The Sibley Center is closed, but it is still listed as a feature on the maps. The area around the building is not well-maintained. It was sad riding past its big, beautiful glass facade.
A lot of the ponds/reflection pools were stagnant and smelled like wet towels. The waterfall area behind the chapel smelled of mildew. It was unpleasant.
We couldn't figure out how to leave the park... No, seriously, we spent about 20 minutes following signs to two different exits and they were both closed. I called the number on my parking slip, and a woman at the Discovery Center gave me directions.
My overall impression:
It's not about the gardens anymore; it's about the resort/golf/spa.