What to See & Do

Grow with
every visit.

Visiting Holden Forests & Gardens is a captivating way to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you want to experience a rotating roster of seasonal activities or retread your favorite attractions, we’re excited to be your destination to learn, explore, and grow.

Upcoming Events

We offer tons of new and exciting opportunities to further connect with nature.

Twilight in the Whimsical Woods

You are invited to Northeast Ohio’s picnic of the summer at the Holden Arboretum on Saturday, July 10, 2021 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The event, Twilight in the Whimsical Woods, is Holden’s largest benefit of the year and helps to raise money for its mission to connect people with the wonder, beauty, and value of trees and plants, to inspire action for healthy communities.

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Art Gallery at Holden Arboretum

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Our art gallery, located in the Warren H. Corning Visitor Center, hosts a rotation of pieces that explore the beauty of nature through various media.

We’re proud to feature the talents of local artists whose work is at least partly inspired by our grounds.

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Grab + Go Café

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Grab + Go Café from Spice Kitchen Now Available in the Holden Arboretum Visitors’ Center

Keep The Change Kitchen Collective from Chef Ben Bebenroth of Spice Kitchen, has created a Grab + Go café featuring delicious, convenient meals in the Holden Arboretum Visitor Center. Satisfying salads and nutritious grain bowls, easy snacks, treats, and beverages will be available on weekends beginning July 1.

Please note: the Grab + Go will be offered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays,while supplies last.

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Special Exhibits & Activities

Fairy Doors at Holden Arboretum

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The fairies are returning to the forests and gardens of Northeast Ohio – this time to both the Cleveland Botanical Garden and the Holden Arboretum – and beginning Friday, July 9th children of all ages can see for themselves!

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Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Twisting mazes. Towering castles. Hedges full of faces. All constructed from willow sticks and branches. Patrick Dougherty’s art has been featured in more than 300 locations around the world, and we have the privilege of hosting his Northeast Ohio debut.

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Permanent Attractions

Whether you’re a budding plant-lover or a deep-rooted botanist, our beautiful campuses have something for everyone—any time of year. Learn more about our grounds (and the evergreen enjoyment they provide) below.

Trails at Holden Arboretum

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Holden Arboretum has miles and miles of trails to discover and explore. Whether you are in the mood for a hike through a woodland forest, a walk around a lake, walks through blooming gardens (or all three!) we have the experiences for you.

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Gardens at Holden Arboretum

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Holden Arboretum spans about 3,500 acres in Lake and Geauga counties, with 200 acres dedicated to cultivated gardens and special collections. Our gardens are home to a wide range of plants, each with its own story to tell.

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Murch Canopy Walk

Open Open today: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

The Canopy Walk invites guests to stroll along a 500-foot-long elevated walkway that rises 65 feet above the forest floor. Walk amongst the treetops and appreciate nature from an entirely new perspective.

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Kalberer Emergent Tower

Open Open today: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

The Emergent Tower is 120 feet (or approximately 12 stories) tall, which allows for a breathtaking, unrivaled view of the surrounding area—guests can see all the way to Lake Erie.

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Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods

Open Open today: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Buckeye Bud’s Adventure Woods is the wonderfully whimsical playground where kids can build a log shelter, hop, jump and limbo their way through the obstacle course, or take a quiet break at the bird feeding station.

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Little Mountain

Closed Closed today

Formerly the site of resort hotels where Cleveland’s wealthy residents escaped the summer heat, Little Mountain is now home to towering white pines, diverse plant communities, unique geological formations, and abundant wildlife.

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Stebbins Gulch

Closed Closed today

Stebbins Gulch is the crown jewel of The Holden Arboretum’s extensive natural areas and is one of the most unspoiled natural history preserves in Northeast Ohio.

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More to See and Do

With so much land to explore, this is just the start of all that Holden Forests & Gardens offers. Learn more about some of our other most popular attractions:

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