We are excited to announce that we are expanding our operations to include increased access to our grounds and buildings, as well as providing extended hours. Thank you for your ongoing support and patience as we work with many partners and agencies to ensure your safe visits to the Arboretum.
What to know 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. Please bring your ticket with barcode, or have it available to scan on your phone, for contact-less entry at the gatehouse.
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.
**Face coverings are required in our buildings and are recommended in our gardens**
Our hours of operation have increased
Our grounds are open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00* p.m. (*last online reservation at 4:30 p.m.) and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00* p.m. (*last online reservation at 6:30 p.m.)
The first floor of the Oswald Visitor Center, including the Gift & Garden Store, Great Hall, Reedy Gallery and restrooms, is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
The Andersen Horticultural Library (in the Snyder Building) is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., each Tuesday through Friday; 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., every Saturday; closed Sunday and Monday.
All gardens, collections, paved and unpaved paths are now open for visitors
Use our digital map to find the right path for you. Clicking the layers icon on the right side of the screen shows which paths and amenities are available. Walking on Three-Mile Drive is prohibited. Please remain on designated paths and respect social distancing guidelines including public health best practices for the safety of all. Scooters, skateboards, hammocks and inline skates are not allowed anywhere on the grounds. Strollers and wagons are allowed.
The Gift and Garden Store is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily
No cash will be accepted; credit or debit cards only. Pre-packaged snacks and bottled beverages are available for purchase.
The Dog Commons on-leash area is open
Dogs are only allowed at the Arb with a dog-added membership. Then, members with a dog-added membership can visit the Dog Commons during normal business hours. Service dogs are always welcome at the Arb, but all other dogs are not allowed in our buildings or gardens.
Three-Mile Drive welcomes bicycles and vehicles
Admission fees apply and timed reservations are required.
Wheelchairs are available upon request
Visit the information desk in the Oswald Visitor Center during our hours of operation to check out a wheelchair. Wheelchairs are sanitized after each use.
Additional restrooms available
All restrooms on the main floor of the Oswald Visitor Center are open, including the family restroom next to the Gift & Garden Store. Restrooms in the lower level of the Red Barn at the Farm at the Arb are also open. Outdoor restrooms are currently available at Picnic Shelter B, Sensory Garden and Prairie Garden. Portable toilets are also located in the Sculpture Garden, Dog Commons and the Maze Garden.
Increased parking locations
Parking is permitted in the Visitor Center (Main) parking lots, all Three-Mile Drive lots, as well as lots near Dog Commons, Spring Peeper Meadow, Lake Tamarack and Farm at the Arb. The Sensory Garden Lot is only available for short-term use of the Sensory Garden restrooms.
Outside seating and picnicking available
Benches are available throughout our grounds and picnicking is allowed for individuals or families within the same social bubble . Bring a blanket and set-up your picnic at the location of your choice, but please remain at least six feet away from other groups and visitors. (Please be aware that benches and picnic tables cannot be sanitized, so plan your visit accordingly. )
On-site ceremonies and services are permitted
Rentals and reservations for outdoor ceremonies and services are permitted for groups of 50 or less, starting September 1. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Daily photo permits are available for professional photographers
Groups of 10 or less (including the photographer) per session are allowed and everyone other than the photographer must be from the same social group. There are a limited amount of permits available each day with selected time slots. Click here to apply for a permit online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Quiet and lactation spaces are available
Please ask at the information desk in the Oswald Visitor Center if you would like to use one of these spaces.
Some areas remain closed for your safety
The Arboretum Cafe, Maze Garden, Berens Cabin, Bee Center, Learning Center, YouBetcha Willow Sculpture and Children's Play Yard are closed until further notice.