What to See & Do

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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.

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Upcoming Events

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

Leaf Discovery Trail

Holden Arboretum

Thu., Oct. 21, 2021 | 09:00 am – 05:00 pm (+ 20 more)

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Opens Saturday, September 18th

As Northeast Ohio’s trees begin to change color, now is the perfect time to sharpen your leaf and tree identification skills! Pick up a brochure at the Arboretum and follow the Leaf Trail, an immersive autumn leaf identification activity. Learn how to identify the trees around you by collecting leaves and organizing them by their characteristics, as well as identifying 28 deciduous trees, including tulip trees, dawn redwoods, and golden weeping willows, marked with numbered tags on the grounds. Free with admission. 

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Grab + Go Café

Closed Closed today

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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Tram Tours at the Arboretum

First-time guest and want to learn more about the Arboretum? Long-time patron and you’d like to sit back and enjoy the campus from a different angle? Our Highlights Tram Tours are  provide guests of all ages and mobility levels a chance to discover selected gardens and collections, and learn a little history at the same time.

Tours offered August through October every Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets may be purchased exclusively on site at the Corning Visitor Center, and times are subject to change. Purchase cutoff is 15 minutes before tour begins. Tours run rain or shine, please dress for the weather. Length: 45 minutes; Cost: $9 Adults (13+), $6 Children (3-12)

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Special Exhibits & Activities

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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