Plan Your Visit

Before Your Visit

Everyone needs a timed reservation. All members and visitors, including children, must make a reservation online and present their tickets at the gatehouse to enter the grounds; we aren’t selling tickets or making reservations anywhere on site. Timed reservations are free for members and children under 15; all other visitors will be charged $15 per ticket. Tickets are not for resale, refundable or exchangeable. 

Check our Hours and Admission page to see what is open.

Please arrive within your 30-minute entry window. There is no limit on the duration of your visit while our grounds are open.

Bring your ticket with barcode, or have the email ticket available to scan on your phone, for contactless entry at the gatehouse. Screenshots or saved photos of the barcodes do not scan properly -- you must have the original ticket from your email to scan.  

Please leave your dogs at home. Registered service dogs are always welcome at the Arb, but all other dogs are not allowed. An on-leash dog commons area is open to members who have a dog-added membership. 

Face coverings are required in our buildings and are recommended in our gardens.

Members must register (one time) and login to receive tickets at the member price. Click here for a step-by-step guide to registering your account. 

A Message About Reservations

Although the COVID-19 capacity restrictions for outdoor venues have been lifted, we plan to continue requiring members and guests to make reservations before visiting. Let us try to explain why. 

Over the past year, we’ve learned a lot. While we’ve worked with many of you to try to provide support to the challenges our reservation system can pose, our teams have also discovered that timed ticketing solves lots of problems the Arboretum has struggled with for years, including: 

  • Limited parking availability;
  • Unsafe traffic congestion for members as well as travelers on local roadways; 
  • Large crowds congregating at the same time and competing for access to events or gardens in bloom. 

Public gardens throughout the country are using reservation systems, as well, to improve the guest experience for visitors. It allows all visitors to view the gardens and explore the grounds with plenty of space. Overall, timed ticketing has helped us manage a better experience for our members and guests.

Since COVID-19 restrictions have loosened this spring, and as our phased reopening has progressed, we’ve added a significant number of tickets available to you, more than were available last fall and summer. 

We hope timed tickets will continue to help us manage traffic -- especially given the planned construction for the new bike trail and improvements to MN Hwy 5. We understand that some members and guests will be disappointed with this decision, and we will continue to reassess the need for ongoing reservations on a regular basis.