Friends of the Foliag
It seems like Franklin residents are always finding something fun to do outdoors, even when that includes educational pursuits. The 200-acre Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park operates with the intention to teach Franklin residents about natural communities and the wildlife that populate their surroundings. Fostering an appreciation for the outdoors is easy here, as you hike along trails and get to know other residents, attend lectures and novel events like the Owl Prowl, or explore the distinct ecosystems around the lake, wetland, and prairie areas. Employees will even help you throw your child a nature-themed birthday party.
Munching at Mulligan'
Did you think corned beef was reserved for St. Patrick's Day? If so, heading to Mulligan's Irish Pub and Grill, one of the most-loved restaurants in Franklin, will teach you otherwise. This restaurant serves all the classics, as well as some unique takes on traditional Irish fare. Try the Irish nachos, piled high with corned beef and cheddar, or go for some comfort food like shepherd's pie. If you are really hungry, you can take the Paddy's Lament burger challenge. This is the ultimate watering hole for the locals, and despite the "pub" in its name, Mulligan's is quite family friendly.
If you are searching for an interesting gift for someone or a treat for yourself, stop by Three Cellars, a gift shop and bar that provides the area with local, artisan beer and wine. With one of the widest selections of craft beers and other imported libations available for purchase, this is also a fun spot to relax. Build your own six-pack or stop by the lounge on a weekend afternoon for a free beer-and-wine tasting to whet your palate. Three Cellars bills itself as a "coffee shop for beer and wine," so feel free to converse with friends for hours as you sip.